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Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
Written by Joseph R. Owen


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 30, 1997
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1697-8 (0-8041-1697-0)

"A splendid first-person account of what was arguably the most remarkable engagement of the Korean War. When word came that North Korean troops had invaded the partitioned south in mid-1950, Owen (a WW II vet who had returned to the Marines as a second lieutenant after graduating from Colgate) was lolling... Read more >

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The Sea and Civilization
A Maritime History of the World
Written by Lincoln Paine


Format: Hardcover, 784 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4409-2 (1-4000-4409-X)

A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and... Read more >
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Dying to Win
The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Written by Robert Pape


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 25, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7338-9 (0-8129-7338-0)

Suicide terrorism is rising around the world, but there is great confusion as to why. In this paradigm-shifting analysis, University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape has collected groundbreaking evidence to explain the strategic, social, and individual factors responsible for this growing threat.

One of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject... Read more >
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The Physics of War
From Arrows to Atoms
Written by Barry Parker


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-803-4 (1-61614-803-9)

     Physics has played a critical role in warfare since the earliest times. Author Barry Parker highlights famous battles of the past as well as renowned scientists and inventors such as Leonardo, Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, and Einstein whose work had an impact on the technology of combat. Mechanics and the laws of... Read more >
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Hell Before Breakfast
America's First War Correspondents Making History and Headlines, from the Battlefields of the Civil War to the Far Reaches of the Ottoman Empire
Written by Robert H. Patton


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 29, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37721-0 (0-307-37721-0)

The first “war correspondent,” William H. Russell of The Times of London, described himself and his profession as “the miserable parent of a luckless tribe.” Others saw it differently: the war correspondent became the stuff of dreams and an urgent romantic calling. . . .
 
Now, Robert H. Patton, acclaimed historian... Read more >
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Out of Nowhere
A history of the military sniper, from the Sharpshooter to Afghanistan
Written by Martin Pegler


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-645-5 (1-84908-645-1)

The sniper is probably the most feared specialist warrior and the most efficient killer on the battlefield. Endlessly patient and highly skilled, once he has you in his crosshairs, your chances of survival are slim. This revised edition of Out of Nowhere provides a comprehensive history of the sniper, giving insights... Read more >
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Warrior Soul
The Memoir of a Navy Seal
Written by Chuck Pfarrer


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-863-4 (0-89141-863-6)

“Since the first navy frogmen crawled onto the beaches of Normandy, no SEAL has ever surrendered,” writes Chuck Pfarrer. “No SEAL has ever been captured, and not one teammate or body has ever been left in the field. This legacy of valor is unmatched in modern warfare.”


Warrior Soul is a book... Read more >
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Remembering War the American Way

Written by G. Kurt Piehler


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-145-7 (1-58834-145-3)

Wars do not fully end when the shooting stops. As G. Kurt Piehler reveals in this book, after every conflict from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf War, Americans have argued about how and for what deeds and heroes wars should be remembered.

Drawing on sources ranging from government documents to Embalmer’s... Read more >
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The Life of Alexander the Great

Written by Plutarch
Edited by Arthur Hugh Clough
Translated by John Dryden
Introduction by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7133-0 (0-8129-7133-7)

From one of the most eminent biographers of the ancient world, here is the story that has intrigued readers for centuries--the young king of Macedonia who became known as one of the greatest military geniuses of all time.

Victor Davis Hanson wrote the Introduction to this Modern Library edition of Plutarch's The... Read more >
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The Unspoken Alliance
Israel's Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa
Written by Sasha Polakow-Suransky


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38850-6 (0-307-38850-6)

A revealing account of how Israel’s booming arms industry and apartheid South Africa’s international isolation led to a secretive military partnership between two seemingly unlikely allies.

Prior to the Six-Day War, Israel was a darling of the international left: socialist idealists like David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir vocally opposed apartheid and built... Read more >
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The Military Error
Baghdad and Beyond in America's War of Choice
Written by Thomas Powers


Format: Trade Paperback, 140 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-299-5 (1-59017-299-X)

Why did George W. Bush invade Iraq? What were the real motives, the overarching policy decisions that drove events from September 11 until the war began?

To a large extent, we still don’t know. But by now we do know in some detail, as Thomas Powers carefully explains in the essays collected... Read more >

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The Afghan Campaign
A Novel
Written by Steven Pressfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2238-8 (0-7679-2238-7)

Steven Pressfield, the bestselling novelist of ancient warfare, has written a riveting historical novel that re-creates Alexander the Great’s invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C.

In THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN, Pressfield brings to life the confrontation between an invading Western army and fierce Eastern warriors determined at all costs to defend... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Spanish Civil War 1936-39 (1)
Nationalist Forces
Written by Alejandro 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 >
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The Yom Kippur War
The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East
Written by Abraham Rabinovich


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1124-5 (0-8052-1124-1)

In this galvanizing account of the most dramatic of the Arab-Israeli hostilities, Abraham Rabinovich, who reported the conflict for the Jerusalem Post, transports us into the midst of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Rabinovich’s masterly narrative begins as Israel convinces itself there will be no war, while Egypt and Syria plot the... Read more >
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When Thunder Rolled
An F-105 Pilot over North Vietnam
Written by Ed Rasimus


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-854-2 (0-89141-854-7)

The descriptions of Rasimus’s one hundred missions, some of the most dangerous of the conflict, will satisfy anyone interested in vivid descriptions of aerial combat, as will the details of his transformation from a young man paralyzed with self-doubt into a battle-hardened veteran.

Read more >
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Against War with Iraq
An Anti-War Primer
Written by Michael Ratner, Jennie Green and Barbara Olshansky


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-591-2 (1-58322-591-9)

Despite public outcry at home and international opposition abroad, the Bush Administration deployed troops and invested millions in preparation for a massive military assault on Iraq. In this Open Media Series special edition, three legal scholars from the Center for Constitutional Rights argue persuasively that the looming war against Iraq is... Read more >
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The Laws of War
A Comprehensive Collection of Primary Documents on International Laws Governing
Written by Michael Reisman


Format: Trade Paperback, 484 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73712-4 (0-679-73712-X)

Edited and with an Introduction and Commentary by W. Michael Reisman and Chris T. Antoniou, The Laws of  War contains extensive excerpts from treaties and authoritative judgments, including the Charter of the United Nations, the Geneva and Hague Conventions and Protocols, the Covenant of the League of Nations, and many other documents... Read more >

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Victory Secrets of Attila the Hun

Written by Wess Roberts


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: February 1, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50591-4 (0-440-50591-7)

In Victory Secrets, Roberts applies Attila's wisdom and lessons to the problems of leadership in organizations. If his previous work Leadership Secrets helped form the soldiers, Victory Secrets serves as the battle plan for the army itself. Again relying on Attila's pithy maxims, Roberts shows not only how to establish successful... Read more >
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Presidential Command
Power, Leadership, and the Making of Foreign Policy from Richard Nixon to George
Written by Peter W. Rodman
Introduction by Henry Kissinger


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39052-3 (0-307-39052-7)

A revelatory account from a Washington insider of how modern presidents have succeeded—and failed—in making foreign policy. An important contribution in the wake of recent American experiences abroad, and an essential book for the new administration, here is a fascinating, in-depth look at what actually happens in the Oval Office from... Read more >
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Ghost on the Throne
The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire
Written by James Romm


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45660-1 (0-307-45660-9)

When Alexander the Great died at the age of thirty-two, his empire stretched from the Adriatic Sea in the west all the way to modern-day India in the east. In an unusual compromise, his two heirs—a mentally damaged half brother, Philip III, and an infant son, Alexander IV, born after his... Read more >
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The Landmark Arrian
The Campaigns of Alexander
Series edited by Robert B. Strassler
Edited by James Romm


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7967-4 (1-4000-7967-5)

Arrian’s Campaigns of Alexander, widely considered the most authoritative history of the brilliant leader’s great conquests, is the latest addition to the acclaimed Landmark series.

After twelve years of hard-fought campaigns, Alexander the Great controlled a vast empire that was bordered by the Adriatic sea to the west and modern-day India... Read more >

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The Naval War of 1812

Written by Theodore Roosevelt


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75419-7 (0-375-75419-9)

Published when Theodore Roosevelt was only twenty-three years old, The Naval War of 1812 was immediately hailed as a literary and scholarly triumph, and it is still considered the definitive book on the subject. It caused considerable controversy for its bold refutation of earlier accounts of the war, but its brilliant... Read more >
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The Rough Riders

Written by Theodore Roosevelt
Introduction by Edmund Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 262 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 12, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75476-0 (0-375-75476-8)

In 1898, as the Spanish-American War was escalating, Theodore Roosevelt assembled an improbable regiment of Ivy Leaguers, cowboys, Native Americans, African-Americans, and Western Territory land speculators. This group of men, which became known as the Rough Riders, trained for four weeks in the Texas desert and then set sail for Cuba... Read more >
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Washington's Spies
The Story of America's First Spy Ring
Written by Alexander Rose


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38329-4 (0-553-38329-9)

Based on remarkable new research, acclaimed historian Alexander Rose brings to life the true story of the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War. For the first time, Rose takes us beyond the battlefront and deep into the shadowy underworld of double agents and triple crosses, covert operations and... Read more >
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Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck

Written by Gordon Rottman
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-788-3 (1-78200-788-1)

These lethal man-portable anti-tank weapons enabled Wehrmacht infantry to destroy T-34 and Sherman tanks. Written by an expert on anti-tank warfare, this book reveals the fascinating development history of the Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck and accessess the tactics that were employed by the soldiers using these two feared weapons.

Two of World War... Read more >
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