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American Generalship
Character Is Everything: The Art of Command
Written by Edgar Puryear


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: November 30, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-89141-770-5 (0-89141-770-2)

Drawing on interviews with more than one hundred generals and admirals, including many of the commanding generals of World War II and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the author explores what it takes to become a successful and effective high-level leader in America's armed forces.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments
Introduction
... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Black Count
Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (Pulitzer Prize for Biography)
Written by Tom Reiss


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38247-4 (0-307-38247-8)

Winner of the Pulitizer Prize and The PEN Literary Prize/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography


Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo – a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as The Count of Monte... Read more >

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Shadows in Paradise
A Novel
Written by Erich Maria Remarque
Translated by Ralph Manheim


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 9, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91248-5 (0-449-91248-5)

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Twilight of the Bombs
Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38741-7 (0-307-38741-0)

The final volume in Richard Rhodes's prizewinning history of nuclear weapons offers the first comprehensive narrative of the challenges faced in the post-Cold War age.

The past twenty years have transformed our relationship with nuclear weapons drastically. With extraordinary depth of knowledge and understanding, Richard Rhodes makes clear how the five original... Read more >

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Alexander
The Ambiguity of Greatness
Written by Guy Maclean Rogers


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7271-9 (0-8129-7271-6)

For nearly two and a half millennia, Alexander the Great has loomed over history as a legend–and an enigma. Wounded repeatedly but always triumphant in battle, he conquered most of the known world, only to die mysteriously at the age of thirty-two. In his day he was revered as a god... Read more >
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The Book of Gun Trivia
Essential Firepower Facts
Written by Gordon L. Rottman


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-769-2 (1-78200-769-5)

From muskets to the Winchester ‘76, Mauser, Colt M1911, Thompson submachine gun, MG42, Browning .50 machine gun, M1 Garand, M16, AK47, FNFAL, and Galil rifles, The Book of Gun Trivia brings together fascinating facts and little-known details of some of the world’s key firearms. 

Offering a step by step guide through interesting... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Xingyi Quan of the Chinese Army
Huang Bo Nien's Xingyi Fist and Weapon Instruction
Written by Dennis Rovere


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Blue Snake Books
On Sale: December 2, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-257-4 (1-58394-257-2)

Huang Bo Nien’s Xingyi Fist and Weapon Instruction was the first manual to systematically adapt a traditional Chinese martial art for modern military training. When it was first published in Chinese in 1928, it was heralded as an exciting new approach to martial arts; today, it remains an important work for... Read more >

Light-Horse Harry Lee

Written by Charles Royster


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82892-7 (0-307-82892-1)

In Light-Horse Harry Lee, Charles Royster tells the story of a man whose career embodies the visionary promises that inspired the American Revolution, as well as the inability of the revolutionary generation to put all its ideals into practice.

The man is Henry Lee—soldier (nicknamed “Light-Horse Harry Lee”), statesmen, landowner, historian... Read more >

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The Balfour Declaration
The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Written by Jonathan Schneer


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7603-8 (0-8129-7603-7)

Winner, 2010 National Jewish Book Award (Writing Based on Archival Material)

Issued in London in 1917, the Balfour Declaration was one of the key documents of the twentieth century. It committed Britain to supporting the establishment in Palestine of “a National Home for the Jewish people,” and its reverberations continue to be... Read more >
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Last of the Blue and Gray
Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery That Outlived the Civil War
Written by Richard A. Serrano


Format: Hardcover, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-395-6 (1-58834-395-2)

In the late 1950s, as America prepared for the Civil War centennial, two very old men lay dying. Albert Woolson, 109 years old, slipped in and out of a coma at a Duluth, Minnesota, hospital, his memories as a Yankee drummer boy slowly dimming. Walter Williams, at 117 blind and deaf... Read more >
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Gone for Soldiers
A Novel of the Mexican War
Written by Jeff Shaara


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 3, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-42751-9 (0-345-42751-3)

In vivid prose that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers trapped behind enemy lines, Jeff Shaara brings to life the legendary characters, the stunning triumphs and soul-crushing defeats of this fascinating, long-forgotten war.

Shaara relies "on the history behind the men and their campaigns to tell the tale. . . . Most... Read more >

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Struggle for a Vast Future
The American Civil War: A Selection of Essays
Written by Aaron Sheehan-Dean


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 11, 2007
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-213-4 (1-84603-213-X)

The American Civil War saw the country that was founded on the ideals of "liberty and union" torn apart and embroiled in some of the most bitter and bloodiest fighting mankind has witnessed. The war changed the face and character of America forever and the shockwaves of it resounded around the... Read more >

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Ghost Soldiers
The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
Written by Hampton Sides


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49564-6 (0-385-49564-1)

Winner, 2002 PEN Center West Literary Award for best Research Nonfiction

Recepient, Barnes & Noble 2001 Discover Great New Writers Awards for Nonfiction

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected troops from the elite U.S. Army 6th Ranger Battalion slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines in an attempt to rescue 513 American and... Read more >

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With the Old Breed
At Peleliu and Okinawa
Written by E.B. Sledge


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: September 25, 2007
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-919-8 (0-89141-919-5)

In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Last Mission
The Secret History of World War II's Final Battle
Written by Jim Smith and Malcolm McConnell


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 6, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0779-8 (0-7679-0779-5)

How close did the Japanese come to not surrendering to Allied forces on August 15, 1945? On the final night of the war, as Emperor Hirohito recorded a message of surrender for the Japanese people, a band of Japanese rebels, commanded by War Minister Anami's elite staff, burst into the palace... Read more >
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In the Ruins of Empire
The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia
Written by Ronald Spector


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6732-6 (0-8129-6732-1)

Now in Paperback

With access to recently available firsthand accounts by Chinese, Japanese, British, and American witnesses and previously top secret U.S. intelligence records, acclaimed historian Ronald Spector tells for the first time the fascinating story of the deadly confrontations that broke out–or merely continued–in Asia after peace was proclaimed at the... Read more >
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World War I Companion

Written by Mathias Strohn


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-188-1 (1-78200-188-3)

The year 2014 is the centenary of the start of World War I, the Great War–the war to end all wars. This four-year conflict saw the major powers of the world commit their forces on an unparalleled scale, principally in the trenches of the Western Front, but also throughout the world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Illustrious Dead
The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army
Written by Stephan Talty


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39405-7 (0-307-39405-0)

“Gripping . . . a compelling story of personal hubris and humbling defeat.”
—Jack Weatherford, author of the New York Times bestseller Genghis Khan and the Making of the
Modern World


In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Civil War of 1812
American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies
Written by Alan Taylor


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77673-4 (0-679-77673-7)

In this vivid narrative, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Alan Taylor tells the riveting story of a war that redefined North America.

In the early nineteenth century, Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution. In this second confrontation, soldiers, immigrants, settlers, and Indians fought to determine the fate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Bible and Sword
England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 12, 1984
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-31427-7 (0-345-31427-1)

From early times, the British have been drawn to the Holy Land through two major influences: the translation of the Bible into English, and later, the imperial need to control the road to India and access to the oil of the Middle East. Under these influences, one cultural and the other... Read more >
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The Guns of August
The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 8, 1994
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-38623-6 (0-345-38623-X)

With the book that won the Pulitzer Prize, historian Barbara Tuchman lucidly examines the critical moves of August, 1914 and the events that led up to World War I. With keen attention to detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Tuchman reveals how the war started, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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The March of Folly
From Troy to Vietnam
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-30823-8 (0-345-30823-9)

In March of Folly Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman explores a phenomenon she calls "folly in government...the pursuit of policy contrary to the governing body's interest." Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma's senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Tuchman defines folly... Read more >
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The Proud Tower
A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40501-2 (0-345-40501-3)

The fateful quarter-century leading up to the World War I was a time when the world of Privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of Protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate... Read more >
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Warriors of Medieval Japan

Written by Stephen Turnbull


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 22, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-220-2 (1-84603-220-2)

The fearless, elite warriors of medieval Japan were loyal comrades but deadly foes. Whether foot soldier, samurai or trained assassin, these men were driven by strict codes of honor and bound by deep allegiances of rank, family or religion.

This book examines the military lives of four formidable warrior types, covering the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Don't Bunch Up
One Marine's Story
Written by William van Zanten


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: April 26, 2005
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-864-1 (0-89141-864-4)

Captain William Van Zanten was one of the “Magnificent Bastards” of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, in 1966–a year when any day could bring death or dismemberment from a Bouncing Betty or a punji stake, a firefight or a sniper bullet. He and his men faced B-52-sized mosquitoes, rain, heat, disease... Read more >
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