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No Greater Glory
The Four Immortal Chaplains and the Sinking of the Dorchester in World War II
Written by Dan Kurzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6609-1 (0-8129-6609-0)

The sinking of the Dorchester in the icy waters off Greenland shortly after midnight on February 3, 1942, was one of the worst sea disasters of World War II. It was also the occasion of an astounding feat of heroism—and faith.

As water gushed through a hole made by a German torpedo... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rethinking Cold War Culture

Written by Peter J. Kuznick and James Gilbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-895-3 (1-56098-895-9)

This anthology of essays questions many widespread assumptions about the culture of postwar America. Illuminating the origins and development of the many threads that constituted American culture during the Cold War, the contributors challenge the existence of a monolithic culture during the 1950s and thereafter. They demonstrate instead that there was... Read more >
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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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Shenandoah 1864
Sheridan's valley campaign
Written by Mark Lardas
Illustrated by Adam Hook


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0483-9 (1-4728-0483-X)

Virginia's Shenandoah Valley in 1864 was the scene of one of the most crucial campaigns of the Civil War. The outcome of the fighting there would have consequences that stretched far outside the valley to help decide the fate of the nation.

In 1864 the Union Army's new commander, Ulysses Grant, created... Read more >
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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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The Peninsular War Atlas

Written by Nick Lipscombe


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 23, 2010
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-1-84908-364-5 (1-84908-364-9)

The Peninsular War saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the Napoleonic Wars. Over a period of five years, it is estimated that half a million soldiers and civilians were killed. The battles, however, are less well-known than those of other Napoleonic battles; despite the exposure given to this theater in... Read more >

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Waterloo
The Decisive Victory
Written by Nick Lipscombe


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0104-3 (1-4728-0104-0)

Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this illustrated volume looks at all different aspects of the campaign with ten major articles by a host of well-known international academic figures. From the microcosm of the bitter fighting for the fortified farmhouse of Hougoumont, to a wider... Read more >

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Absolutely American
Four Years at West Point
Written by David Lipsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7693-2 (1-4000-7693-5)

In 1998, West Point made David Lipsky an unprecedented offer: stay at the Academy as long as you like, go wherever you wish, talk to whomever you want, to discover why some of America's most promising young people sacrifice so much to become cadets. Lipsky followed one cadet class into mess... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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World War II US Navy Special Warfare Units

Written by Eugene Liptak
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78096-053-1 (1-78096-053-0)

When the United States entered World War II, it was apparent that the war would only be won by taking the fight to the Axis, in the shape of large-scale amphibious landings. Accordingly, the US Navy developed several types of specialized unit to reconnoiter potential landing areas, degrade the enemy's ability... Read more >
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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)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

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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Fighter Pilot's Heaven
Flight Testing the Early Jets
Written by Donald S. Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 236 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-916-5 (1-56098-916-5)

Fighter Pilot’s Heaven presents the dramatic inside story of the American military’s transition into the jet age, as told by a flyer whose life depended on its success. With colorful anecdotes about fellow pilots as well as precise technical information, Donald S. Lopez describes how it was to be “behind the... Read more >
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Into the Teeth of the Tiger

Written by Donald S. Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-752-9 (1-56098-752-9)

Into the Teeth of the Tiger provides a vivid, pilot’s-eye view of one of the most extended projections of American air power in World War II Asia. Lopez chronicles every aspect of fighter combat in that theater: harrowing aerial battles, interludes of boredom and inactivity, instances of courage and cowardice. Describing... Read more >
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Pillboxes and Tank Traps

Written by Bernard Lowry


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1356-9 (0-7478-1356-6)

The very real threat of the invasion of Britain in 1940 initiated a huge military construction program. Around the vulnerable coasts of the country, as well as inland, were built thousands of pillboxes, anti-tank barriers and other obstacles to defeat or delay the invader.

The end of WWII saw much cleared... Read more >
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The Prince

Written by Niccolo Machiavelli


Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1984
Price: $4.50
ISBN: 978-0-553-21278-5 (0-553-21278-8)

Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president. When, in 1512, Machiavelli was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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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)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
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.

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Cheating Death
Combat Air Rescues in Vietnam and Laos
Written by George J. Marrett


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-296-6 (1-58834-296-4)

They flew low and slow, at treetop level, at night, in monsoons, and in point-blank range of enemy guns and missiles. They were missions no one else wanted, but the ones all other pilots prayed for when shot down. Flying the World War II-vintage Douglas A-1 Skyraider, a single-engine, propeller-driven relic... Read more >

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Hard Corps
From Gangster to Marine Hero
Written by Marco Martinez


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38305-1 (0-307-38305-9)

At the age of seventeen, Marco Martinez was a thug
At the age of twenty-two, he was a hero

Hard Corps tells the story of a young man’s incredible transformation from gun-toting gang member to recipient of the Navy Cross, the second-highest honor a U.S. Marine can receive. Gritty, riveting, and ultimately inspiring... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-Bomber Units

Written by Marco Mattioli
Illustrated by Richard Caruana


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-807-1 (1-78200-807-1)

Italy's Sparviero (Sparrowhawk) saw combat with the Regia Aeronautica in France, Yugoslavia, Greece, North Africa, East Africa and in the Mediterranean versus the Royal Navy. Italy's most successful wartime bomber, the S.79 was also the most produced, with around 1370 built between 1936 and early 1944. Initially developed by Savoia-Marchetti as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Shall Be Near to You
A Novel
Written by Erin Lindsay McCabe


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3774-4 (0-8041-3774-9)

In this debut historical novel, based on true events, newlyweds Jeremiah and Rosetta dream of one day acquiring their own farm.  As the Civil War rages around them, Jeremiah enlists hoping the payment he receives will secure their future.  After he departs, Rosetta is overcome by the feeling that her place... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Battlefield Angels
Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan
Written by Scott McGaugh


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 19, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-515-1 (1-84908-515-3)

In Battlefield Angels, Scott McGaugh pays homage to the cadre of medics, corpsmen, nurses, doctors, surgeons, and medical technicians who have provided succor and healing to the more than 40 million warriors who have served in America’s armed forces since the nation’s founding.

McGaugh tells the story of Jonathan Letterman, a Union... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Loon
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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America's Elite: US Special Forces from the American Revolution to the Present Day

Written by Chris McNab


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-78096-284-9 (1-78096-284-3)

From Roger's Rangers to the Revolution, Civil War, World War I & II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Bin Laden raid, this book covers over 250 years of American Special Forces action. America’s Elite takes the reader through some of the most dramatic special forces operations in US history, from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Armies of the Napoleonic Wars
An Illustrated History
Edited by Chris McNab


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 23, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-648-6 (1-84908-648-6)

The Napoleonic Wars saw almost two decades of brutal fighting, from the frozen wastelands of Russia to the wilderness of the Peninsula, and from Egypt to the bloody battlefield of Waterloo. Fighting took place on an unprecedented scale across Europe, and over the entire period of the wars Napoleon led his... Read more >

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The Roman Army
The Greatest War Machine of the Ancient World
Written by Chris McNab


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 22, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-813-8 (1-84908-813-6)

The image of the Roman legionary is as familiar today as it was to the citizens - and enemies - of the vast Roman Empire two thousand years ago. This book goes beyond the stereotypes found in popular culture to examine the Roman Army from the first armed citizens of the... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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All the Way to Berlin
A Paratrooper at War in Europe
Written by James Megellas


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: March 2, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-836-8 (0-89141-836-9)

In mid-1943 James Megellas, known as “Maggie” to his fellow paratroopers, joined the 82d Airborne Division, his new “home” for the duration. His first taste of combat was in the rugged mountains outside Naples.

In October 1943, when most of the 82d departed Italy to prepare for the D-Day invasion of France... Read more >
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