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The Lessons of Terror
A History of Warfare Against Civilians
Written by Caleb Carr


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76074-7 (0-375-76074-1)

In The Lessons of Terror, military historian Caleb Carr examines terrorism throughout history, to the very roots of our present crisis, and ultimately reaches a provocative set of conclusions: the practice of targeting enemy civilians is as old as warfare itself; it has always failed as a military and political tactic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Spartans
The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece
Written by Paul Cartledge


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7885-1 (1-4000-7885-7)

“Cartledge brings [the Spartans] to life again with verve, style, and great trivia.” —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Sparta has often been described as the original Utopia—a remarkably evolved society whose warrior heroes were forbidden any other trade, profession, or business. As a people, the Spartans were the living exemplar of such core values as... Read more >

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Thermopylae
The Battle That Changed the World
Written by Paul Cartledge


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7918-6 (1-4000-7918-7)

In 480 B.C., the mighty Persian king Xerxes led a massive force to the narrow mountain pass called Thermopylae, anticipating no significant resistance in his bid to conquer Greece. But the Greeks, led by Leonidas and a small army of Spartan warriors, took the battle to the Persians and nearly halted... Read more >

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The Long Walk
A Story of War and the Life That Follows
Written by Brian Castner


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95087-1 (0-307-95087-5)

Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them in Iraq as the head of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. Whenever IEDs were discovered, he and his men would lead the way in either disarming the deadly devices or searching through rubble and remains for clues... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Recondo
LRRPs in the 101st Airborne
Written by Larry Chambers


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-840-5 (0-89141-840-7)

Author Larry Chambers vividly describes the guts and courage it took to pass the though volunteer-only training program in Nha Tarng to be part of the 5th Special Forces Recondo School, the hair-raising graduation mission to scout out, locate, and out-guerilla the NVA. Here is an unforgettable account that follows Chambers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Imperial Life in the Emerald City
Inside Iraq's Green Zone
Written by Rajiv Chandrasekaran


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27883-8 (0-307-27883-2)

The Green Zone, Baghdad, 2003: in this walled-off compound of swimming pools and luxurious amenities, Paul Bremer and his Coalition Provisional Authority set out to fashion a new, democratic Iraq. Staffed by idealistic aides chosen primarily for their views on issues such as abortion and capital punishment, the CPA spent the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Imperial Life in the Emerald City
Inside Iraq's Green Zone
Written by Rajiv Chandrasekaran


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 19, 2006
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4487-0 (1-4000-4487-1)

An unprecedented account of life in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a walled-off enclave of towering plants, posh villas, and sparkling swimming pools that was the headquarters for the American occupation of Iraq.

The Washington Post’s former Baghdad bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran takes us with him into the Zone: into a bubble, cut off... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Little America
The War Within the War for Afghanistan
Written by Rajiv Chandrasekaran


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94704-8 (0-307-94704-1)

A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Book
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of the Year

The author of the acclaimed bestseller and National Book Award finalist, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, tells the startling, behind-the-scenes story of the US’s political and military misadventure in Afghanistan. In this meticulously... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Little America
The War Within the War for Afghanistan
Written by Rajiv Chandrasekaran


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 26, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95714-6 (0-307-95714-4)

From the award-winning author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City, a riveting, intimate account of America’s troubled war in Afghanistan.

When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Montcalm's Crushing Blow - French and Indian Raids along New York's Oswego River 1756

Written by Rene Chartrand
Illustrated by Peter Dennis


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0330-6 (1-4728-0330-2)

With expert analysis and lively narrative, this engaging study of the Oswego raid casts light on a daring feat of arms at the height of the French and Indian War.

The year 1755 saw the rivalry between Britain and France in North America escalate along the Great Lakes into open warfare as... Read more >
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The God Machine
From Boomerangs to Black Hawks: The Story of the Helicopter
Written by James R. Chiles


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38352-2 (0-553-38352-3)

From transforming the ways of war to offering godlike views of inaccessible spots, revolutionizing rescues worldwide, and providing some of our most-watched TV moments—including the cloud of newscopters that trailed O. J. Simpson’s Bronco—the helicopter is far more capable than early inventors expected. Now James Chiles profiles the many helicoptrians who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Raid on the Sun
Inside Israel's Secret Campaign that Denied Saddam the Bomb
Written by Rodger Claire


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 1, 2005
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1425-3 (0-7679-1425-2)

From the earliest days of his dictatorship, Saddam Hussein had vowed to destroy Israel. So when France sold Iraq a top-of-the-line nuclear reactor in 1975, the Israelis were justifiably concerned—especially when they discovered that Iraqi scientists had already formulated a secret program to extract weapons-grade plutonium from the reactor, a first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Art of War
Complete Text and Commentaries
Written by Thomas Cleary


Format: Trade Paperback, 474 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 10, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-054-1 (1-59030-054-8)

This Shambhala paperback edition of The Art of War collects the essential versions of the Art of War, complete with illuminating commentaries written by Sun Tzu's successors. This volume includes:

The Art of War, by Sun Tzu;
Compiled over two-thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps... Read more >

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Pass in Review
An Illustrated History of West Point Cadets: 1794-Present
Written by Clyde Cocke
Illustrated by Eilene Moore


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-558-8 (1-84908-558-7)

Established in 1802, the United States Military Academy at West Point is the oldest of the United States’ service academies. Since the nearly 210 years of its existence, literally thousands of cadets have graced its halls. West Point has long been a leader in establishing traditions that have crept not only... Read more >

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Supreme Command
Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime
Written by Eliot A. Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3404-8 (1-4000-3404-3)

Winner of the Samuel P. Huntington Prize for best book published in 2002 in the field of national security studies.


The orthodoxy regarding the relationship between politicians and military leaders in wartime democracies contends that politicians should declare a military operation's objectives and then step aside and leave the business of... Read more >

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By the Sword
A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions; 10th anniversary edition
Written by Richard Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 5, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6966-5 (0-8129-6966-9)

Napoleon fenced. So did Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Grace Kelly, and President Truman, who would cross swords with Bess after school. Lincoln was a canny dueler. Ignatius Loyola challenged a man to a duel for denying Christ’s divinity (and won). Less successful, but no less enthusiastic, was Mussolini, who would tell his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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1901

Written by Robert Conroy


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-843-6 (0-89141-843-1)

The year is 1901. Germany’s navy is the second largest in the world; their army, the most powerful. But with the exception of a small piece of Africa and a few minor islands in the Pacific, Germany is without an empire. Kaiser Wilhelm II demands that the United States surrender its... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hunt for Zero Point
Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology
Written by Nick Cook


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0628-9 (0-7679-0628-4)

The atomic bomb was not the only project to occupy government scientists in the 1940s. Antigravity technology, originally spearheaded by scientists in Nazi Germany, was another high priority. Drawn from interviews with those involved in the research and who visited the labs in Europe and the U.S., The Hunt for Zero... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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West Dickens Avenue
A Marine at Khe Sanh
Written by John Corbett


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: February 3, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-835-1 (0-89141-835-0)

In January 1968, John Corbett and his fellow leathernecks of the 26th Marine Regiment fortified a remote outpost at a place in South Vietnam called Khe Sanh. Within days of their arrival, twenty thousand North Vietnamese soldiers surrounded the base. What followed over the next seventy-seven days became one of the... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Chosen Soldier
The Making of a Special Forces Warrior
Written by Dick Couch


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-33939-3 (0-307-33939-4)

In CHOSEN SOLDIER, Dick Couch--a former Navy SEAL widely admired for his books about SEAL training and operations--offers an unprecedented view of the training of the Army Special Forces warrior. Each year, several thousand enlisted men and several hundred officers volunteer for Special Forces training; less than a quarter of those... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Down Range
Navy SEALs in the War on Terrorism
Written by Dick Couch


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: May 23, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8101-1 (1-4000-8101-7)

In America’s battle against al-Qaeda and their allies, the goal of the Navy SEALs is to be the best guns in the fight—stealthy, effective, professional, and lethal. Here for the first time is a SEAL insider’s battle history of these Special Operations warriors in the war on terrorism.

“Down range” is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Warrior Elite
The Forging of SEAL Class 228
Written by Dick Couch


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: January 28, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4695-9 (1-4000-4695-5)

With a postscript describing SEAL efforts in Afghanistan, The Warrior Elite takes you into the toughest, longest, and most relentless military training in the world.

What does it take to become a Navy SEAL? What makes talented, intelligent young men volunteer for physical punishment, cold water, and days without sleep? In The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Cold War
A Military History
Written by Stephen E. Ambrose, Caleb Carr, Thomas Fleming and Victor Hanson
Edited by Robert Cowley


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 7, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6716-6 (0-8129-6716-X)

Even fifteen years after the end of the Cold War, it is still hard to grasp that we no longer live under its immense specter. For nearly half a century, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, all world events hung in the balance of a simmering... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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National Geographic History Book
An Interactive Journey
Written by Marcus Cowper


Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0679-5 (1-4262-0679-8)

You won’t find dusty topics and long-dead heroes and villains in the National Geographic History Book. Turn the pages and you’ll find documents, letters, journals, telegrams, posters, and artworks that you can literally pull out and examine. See for yourself, with the primary source materials that history buffs love, what really... Read more >

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World War One: 1914-1918

Written by Alan Cowsill
Illustrated by Lalit Kumar Sharma


Format: Trade Paperback, 132 pages
Publisher: Campfire
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-93-80741-85-7 (93-80741-85-5)

The First World War, also known as the Great War, involved over thirty nations and resulted in the deaths of millions of young men.  This graphic novel brings history to life as we see the war through the eyes of the young conscripted servicemen on all sides of the conflict. Introducing... Read more >
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