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Engineers of Victory
The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War
Written by Paul Kennedy

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 10, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7939-8 (0-8129-7939-7)

Paul Kennedy, award-winning author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and one of today’s most renowned historians, now provides a new and unique look at how World War II was won. Engineers of Victory is a fascinating nuts-and-bolts account of the strategic factors that led to Allied victory... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Liberator
One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
Written by Alex Kershaw

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88800-6 (0-307-88800-2)

The true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of a maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe - from the invasion of Italy to the gates of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Terrorist Watch
Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack
Written by Ronald Kessler

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38214-6 (0-307-38214-1)

Drawing on unprecedented access to FBI and CIA counterterrorism operatives, New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler presents the story of terrorists’ relentless efforts to mount another devastating attack on the United States and of the heroic efforts being made to stop those plots.
Kessler takes readers inside the war rooms... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The First Clash
The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization
Written by Jim Lacey

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38575-5 (0-553-38575-5)

“A compelling and provocative read . . . With a soldier’s eye, Jim Lacey re-creates the battle of Marathon in all its brutal simplicity.”—Barry Strauss, author of Masters of Command

Marathon—one of history’s most pivotal battles. Its name evokes images of almost superhuman courage, endurance, and fighting spirit. In this eye-opening book... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Inside the LRRPs
Rangers in Vietnam
Written by Col. Michael Lee Lanning

Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 12, 1988
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-0166-0 (0-8041-0166-3)

Vietnam was a different kind of war, calling for a different kind of soldier. The LRRPs--Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols--were that new breed of fighting man. They operated in six-man teams deep within enemy territory, and were the eyes and ears of the units they served. This is their story--of perseverence under... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Helmet for My Pillow
From Parris Island to the Pacific
Written by Robert Leckie

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-59331-0 (0-553-59331-5)

Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of World War II. Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Canton Elegy
A Father's Letter of Sacrifice, Survival, and Enduring Love
Written by Stephen Lee and Howard Webster

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-78028-573-3 (1-78028-573-6)

Stephen Lee’s grandchildren knew him as a humble grocer. Beneath his humble exterior, however, lay one of the most extraordinary stories of the twentieth century.
Lee was born in Canton, China in 1902. As a teenager he was sent to live with relatives in San Francisco. He attended college at Iowa... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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General George Washington
A Military Life
Written by Edward G. Lengel

Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6950-4 (0-8129-6950-2)

“The most comprehensive and authoritative study of Washington’s military career ever written.”
–Joseph J. Ellis, author of His Excellency: George Washington

Based largely on George Washington’s personal papers, this engrossing book paints a vivid, factual portrait of Washington the soldier. An expert in military history, Edward Lengel demonstrates that the “secret” to Washington’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Embers of War
The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
Written by Fredrik Logevall

Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75647-4 (0-375-75647-7)


Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Tapping newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Spy Among Friends
Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
Written by Ben Macintyre
Afterword by John Le Carre

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: July 29, 2014
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3663-1 (0-8041-3663-7)

In Ben Macintyre's new book, A Spy Among Friends, he tackles the rise and fall of Kim Philby, MI6's Cambridge-bred golden boy who used his perch high in the intelligence world to betray friend and country to the Soviet Union for over two decades. In Macintyre's telling, Philby's story is the tale of... Read more >

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The War That Ended Peace
The Road to 1914
Written by Margaret MacMillan

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 29, 2014
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8066-0 (0-8129-8066-2)

The New York Times Book Review • The Economist • The Christian Science Monitor • Bloomberg Businessweek • The Globe and Mail

From the bestselling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

From Resistance to Revolution

Written by Pauline Maier

Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 3, 2013
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82806-4 (0-307-82806-9)

Maintaining that the outbreak of revolution in 1775 was not the result of secret planning by radicals but rather the end product of years of painful evolution, Pauline Maier brilliantly traces the American colonists’ road to independence from 1765 to 1776 and examines the role of popular violence as political allegiances... Read more >

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Pacific War
From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima
Written by Daniel Marston

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-382-9 (1-84908-382-7)

Twelve world-renowned military historians provide a fresh re-evaluation of the events, troops, strategies, and tactics of the Pacific campaign of World War II. Despite unforgiving conditions and brutal jungle fighting that drained resources and morale, the American advance across the ocean towards the Japanese homelands drove the evolution of ever more... Read more >

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Written by Robert K. Massie

Format: Trade Paperback, 1040 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 15, 1992
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-37556-8 (0-345-37556-4)

From the author of Peter the Great comes a richly textured and gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century's first great arms race and the bloodbath of World War I. With the biographer's rare genius for expressing the essence of extraordinary lives, Massie brings... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Marine Story
Written by Jack McLean

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 25, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51016-7 (0-345-51016-X)

“Kids like me didn’t go to Vietnam,” writes Jack McLean in his captivating memoir, Loon. Raised in suburban New Jersey, he attended the Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, but decided to put college on hold. After graduation in the spring of 1966, faced with the mandatory military draft, he enlisted in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Franklin and Winston
An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
Written by Jon Meacham

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7282-5 (0-8129-7282-1)

Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of “the Greatest Generation.” In Franklin and Winston, Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who worked together and achieved victory in World War II.

It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one—a president and a prime minister spending... Read more >

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A World Undone
The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
Written by G.J. Meyer

Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
On Sale: May 29, 2007
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38240-2 (0-553-38240-3)

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies, and it also unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After ninety years, scholars remain divided on such questions, and it seems likely that they always will. A World Undone does not claim to have all the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Bridge at Andau
The Compelling True Story of a Brave, Embattled People
Written by James A. Michener

Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: September 12, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-449-21050-5 (0-449-21050-2)

Here is James A. Michener's gripping, historic account of a people in desperate revolt, a true story as searing and unforgettable as any of his bestselling works of fiction.

At four o'clock in the morning on a Sunday in November 1956, the city of Budapest was awakened by the shattering sound of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The SBS in World War II: An Illustrated History

Written by Gavin Mortimer

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-189-8 (1-78200-189-1)

The Special Boat Squadron (SBS) was Britain’s most exclusive Special Forces unit, similar to the US Navy SEALS. Highly trained, highly secretive and utterly ruthless, the SBS was established as an entity in its own right in early 1943, having previously operated under the auspices of the SAS during the war... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dak To
America's Sky Soldiers in South Vietnam's Central Highlands
Written by Edward Murphy

Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: July 31, 2007
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-910-5 (0-89141-910-1)

From their very first engagement with the North Vietnamese Army, when a whole company of paratroopers was nearly wiped out, to the savage, climactic battle for Hill 875, here is a riveting, hard-hitting account of how the Sky Soldiers plunged into some of Southeast Asia's most forbidding terrain, against a professional... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Camouflage
The Art of Disappearing
Written by Tim Newark

Format: Hardcover, 104 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-831-6 (1-78200-831-4)

Covering the origins of camo patterning, from Wehrmacht field gray, to US Army green, and Commonwealth khaki, to its use in combat today, The Book of Camouflage tells the history of camouflage patterning in conflict.

The collection of images for the The Book of Camouflage was put together by the author... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Darkest Days
The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914
Written by Douglas Newton

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-350-7 (1-78168-350-6)

Through a forensic study of the personal papers of many of the key figures on both sides of the debate, historian Douglas Newton pieces together what really went on in the frenetic weeks between the assassination in Sarajevo and the declaration of war on August 4, 1914.

Many recently published histories of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Conquest of Saxony AD 782-785
Charlemagne's defeat of Widukind of Westphalia
Written by David Nicolle

Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-825-5 (1-78200-825-X)

Charlemagne's conquests became the driving force in European politics between the Muslim defeat at Poitiers and the Crusades. He dominates the military history of Medieval Europe since his empire spanned France, western Germany, and northern Italy.

Charlemagne's conquest of the Saxons was the hardest fought and most protracted of his wars. It... Read more >

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If I Die in a Combat Zone
Box Me Up and Ship Me Home
Written by Tim O'Brien

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 1, 1999
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0443-8 (0-7679-0443-5)

Before writing his award-winning Going After Cacciato, Tim O’Brien gave us this intensely personal account of his year as a foot soldier in Vietnam. The author takes us with him to experience combat from behind an infantryman’s rifle, to walk the minefields of My Lai, to crawl into the ghostly tunnels... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wearing the Green Beret
A Canadian with the Royal Marine Commandos
Written by Jake Olafsen

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: January 18, 2011
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-6852-2 (0-7710-6852-2)

In 2004, Jake Olafsen signed up for the Royal Marines Commandos. He left everything behind at home in Canada on the basis of a spur-of-the-moment decision. The Royal Marines have the toughest and longest basic training of any infantry unit in the world. For Olafson, this meant eight months of wet... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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