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Military Mayhem
2,500 Years of Soldierly Sleaze and Scandal
Written by Terry Crowdy


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-84908-147-4 (1-84908-147-6)

Bungled cover-ups, acts of blinding incompetence, miscarriages of justice, sexual escapades, and downright stupidity - scandals have helped to make the world’s armed forces the much loved institutions they are today. Take a look at the public outcries that both governments and soldiers would rather we forgot. From Julius Caesar’s sex... Read more >

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The Korean War
A History
Written by Bruce Cumings


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7896-4 (0-8129-7896-X)

A bracing account of a war that lingers in our collective memory as both ambiguous and unjustly ignored.

For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Ninja
The Bansenshukai - Japan's Premier Ninja Manual
Written by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-78028-493-4 (1-78028-493-4)

The Book of Ninja, the ultimate ninjutsu manual, was penned in 1676 by a ninja known as Fujibayashi. Born in the post-civil war era of Japan, Fujibayashi collected and combined information from the ninja clans of Iga - regarded to be the homeland of the ninja - and compiled it into... Read more >

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Dumb but Lucky!
Confessions of a P-51 Fighter Pilot in World War II
Written by Richard Curtis


Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-47636-4 (0-345-47636-0)

Second lieutenant Dick Curtis arrived in Italy in May 1944–twenty years old and part of a shipment of P-51 Mustang fighter pilots so desperately needed that they were rushed into combat with less than thirty hours of flight time in their new high-performance aircraft.

Six of the twelve pilots assigned to the... Read more >
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The Secret Way to War
The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War's Buried History
Written by Mark Danner
Preface by Frank Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: April 4, 2006
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-207-0 (1-59017-207-8)

Winner, 2006 Carey McWilliams Award, given by the American Political Science Association

At the beginning of May 2005, just before the British elections, the London Times published the so-called Downing Street memo, the leaked secret minutes of a July 2002 meeting of senior British foreign policy and security officials. The memo suggested... Read more >

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Red Eagles
America's Secret MiGs
Written by Steve Davies


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-970-6 (1-84603-970-3)

When two Navy F-14 Tomcats engaged and shot down two Sukhoi Su-22 jet fighters in 1981, they drew on experience and tactics that they had learned from a previous encounter with MiG jet fighters. The difference between the two encounters was that in the first, the enemy fighters were flown by... Read more >
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The Spanish Civil War 1936-39 (1)
Nationalist Forces
Written by Alejandro de Quesada
Illustrated by Stephen Walsh


Format: Trade Paperback, 48 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-782-1 (1-78200-782-2)

The Spanish Civil War, 1936-39, was the curtain-raiser to World War II, and the major international event of the 1930s. It was the first great clash of 20th-century ideologies, between the rebel Nationalist army led by General Franco (right-wing, and aided by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy), and the Republican army... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Soldier
The Life of Colin Powell
Written by Karen DeYoung


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7564-5 (1-4000-7564-5)

The first full biography of Colin Powell, from his Bronx childhood to his military career to his controversial tenure as secretary of state, with a new afterword detailing his life after the Bush White House.

Over the course of a lifetime of service to his country, Colin Powell became a national hero... Read more >

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Lost in Translation
Vietnam: A Combat Advisor's Story
Written by Martin Dockery


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 29, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-851-1 (0-89141-851-2)

In September 1962, when Martin Dockery landed in Saigon, he was a young, determined, idealistic U.S. Army first lieutenant convinced of America’s imminent victory in Vietnam. While most of the twelve thousand U.S. military advisors in-country at the time filled support positions in Saigon and other major cities, Dockery was one... Read more >
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Blackjack-33
With Special Forces in the Viet Cong Forbidden Zone
Written by James C. Donahue


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1764-7 (0-8041-1764-0)

In Vietnam, Mobile Guerrilla Force was the only American unit that truly carried out guerrilla-style hit-and-run military operations. Armed with silencer-equipped MK-II British Sten guns, M-16s, M-79s, and M-60s, the men of the Mobile Guerilla Force roamed for weeks at a time through steamy triple-canopy jungle in areas owned by NVA... Read more >
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Blackjack-34 (previously titled No Greater Love)
One Deadly Day of Courage, Carnage, and Ultimate Sacrifice for the Mobile Guerrilla Force in Vietnam
Written by James C. Donahue


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1765-4 (0-8041-1765-9)

An elite unit armed to the teeth, the Mobile Guerrilla Force was America's only real guerrilla force in Vietnam. These men operated for weeks at a time--springing ambushes, destroying base camps, and gathering vital intelligence--in steamy, triple-canopied jungles ruled by the VC and NVA. Read more >
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The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln
and 44 other forgotten figures in history
Written by Graeme Donald


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-170-2 (1-84908-170-0)

We have all heard about the great generals of military history, and those whose heroic deeds changed the course of a war. But what about those, no less significant, behind the front line?

This book reveals the stories of 75 of military history's little-known game-changers, including:

• Thomas Boston Corbett, the man... Read more >

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Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis
The Military Origins of Everyday Words and Phrases
Written by Graeme Donald


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-84908-157-3 (1-84908-157-3)

Did you know they started ‘hearing through the grapevine’ during the American Civil War? It was a reference to the telegraph lines used for communicating with the army. These looked like twisted grapevines. And why does the phrase now suggest unreliable information? Because the lines were used by enemy troops to... Read more >
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War without Mercy
PACIFIC WAR
Written by John Dower


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 1987
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75172-6 (0-394-75172-8)

Dower draws on American and Japanese songs, slogans, cartoons, propaganda films, and other documents of the time to reveal the dimensions of the role played by race in the war. As Edwin O. Reischauer, former ambassador to Japan, has pointed out, this book offers "a lesson that the postwar generations need... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Invisible Front
Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War
Written by Yochi Dreazen


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34783-9 (0-385-34783-9)

Major General Mark Graham was a decorated two-star officer whose integrity and patriotism inspired his sons, Jeff and Kevin, to pursue military careers of their own. His wife Carol was a teacher who held the family together while Mark's career took them to bases around the world. When Kevin and Jeff... Read more >
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Charlie Rangers

Written by Don Ericson and John L. Rotundo


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: December 27, 1988
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-0288-9 (0-8041-0288-0)

They were the biggest Ranger company in Vietnam, and the best. For eighteen months, John L. Rotundo and Don Ericson braved the test of war at its most bloody and most raw, specializing in ambushing the enemy and fighting jungle guerillas using their own tactics. From the undiluted high of a... Read more >
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Blind Into Baghdad
America's War in Iraq
Written by James Fallows


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 15, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27796-1 (0-307-27796-8)

In the autumn of 2002, Atlantic Monthly national correspondent James Fallows wrote an article predicting many of the problems America would face if it invaded Iraq. After events confirmed many of his predictions, Fallows went on to write some of the most acclaimed, award-winning journalism on the planning and execution of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Forever War

Written by Dexter Filkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27944-6 (0-307-27944-8)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
A New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year

One of the Best Books of the Year:
New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and Time


An instant classic of war reporting, The Forever War is the definitive account... Read more >

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The Wars of Spanish American Independence 1809-29

Written by John Fletcher


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: December 24, 2013
Price: $20.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-766-1 (1-78200-766-0)

In 1808, Napoleon Bonaparte treacherously outmaneuvered the corrupt Spanish Bourbons and installed his brother Joseph as King of Spain, igniting the flames of war across the Iberian Peninsula. Far across the Atlantic, this event lit the fuse for a war that raged for the better part of two decades as Spain’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Visions From a Foxhole
A Rifleman in Patton's Ghost Corps
Written by William Foley


Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-850-4 (0-89141-850-4)

In Visions from a Foxhole, William Foley recounts a first-person account of the 94th Infantry Division’s campaign to break through Hitler’s “impregnable” Siegfried line at the end of World War II.
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Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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A World on Fire
Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
Written by Amanda Foreman


Format: Trade Paperback, 1008 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75696-2 (0-375-75696-5)

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction)

10 BEST BOOKS • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • 2011

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • The New Yorker • Chicago Tribune • The Economist • Nancy Pearl, NPR • Bloomberg.com • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly

In... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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A World on Fire
Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
Written by Amanda Foreman


Format: Hardcover, 1008 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 28, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-50494-5 (0-375-50494-X)

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction) --winners announced March 10, 2012
A 2011 New York Times Notable Book ("10 Best")
A 2011 Library Journal Best Book


Acclaimed historian Amanda Foreman follows the phenomenal success of her New York Times bestseller Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire with her long-awaited second work of nonfiction: the fascinating... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Hat in the Ring
The Birth of American Air Power in the Great War
Written by Bert Frandsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-281-2 (1-58834-281-6)

When Congress declared war in April 1917, the Europeans had already deployed their third generation of fighters, equipped with machine guns and capable of speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, while the American Air Service consisted of only a handful of aviators in unarmed trainers. In this first in-depth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Warrior Queens

Written by Antonia Fraser


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 14, 1990
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72816-0 (0-679-72816-3)

Fraser examines the careers of those exceptional women who led armies and empires and aroused the awe, terror, and veneration of their people, including Boadicea, Cleopatra, Zenobia, Tamara, Elizabeth I, Jinga Mbandi, Catherine the Great, Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, and Margaret Thatcher.

"The Warrior Queens is lore-packed...and fascinating to read...Fraser has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Field Guide for Female Interrogators

Written by Coco Fusco


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-780-0 (1-58322-780-6)

The world was shocked by the images that emerged from Abu Ghraib, the US-controlled prison in Iraq. Lynndie England, the young female army officer shown smiling devilishly as she humiliated male prisoners, became first a scapegoat and then a victim who was “just following orders.” Ignored were the more elemental questions... Read more >
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