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Cobra II
The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
Written by Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 27, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7539-3 (1-4000-7539-4)

Written by the chief military correspondent of the New York Times and a prominent retired Marine general, this is the definitive account of the invasion of Iraq.

A stunning work of investigative journalism, Cobra II describes in riveting detail how the American rush to Baghdad provided the opportunity for the virulent insurgency... Read more >

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A Wicked War
Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico
Written by Amy S. Greenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47599-2 (0-307-47599-9)

Winner of the Myra Bernath Award from The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Wicked War
Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico
Written by Amy S. Greenberg


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59269-9 (0-307-59269-3)

Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S. Greenberg’s skilled storytelling and rigorous scholarship bring this American war for empire... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Kearny's March
The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847
Written by Winston Groom


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45574-1 (0-307-45574-2)

A thrilling re-creation of a crucial campaign in the Mexican-American War and a pivotal moment in America's history.

In June 1846, General Stephen Watts Kearny rode out of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, with a thousand cavalrymen of the First United States Dragoons. When his fantastic expedition ended a year and two-thousand miles... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Kearny's March
The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847
Written by Winston Groom


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27096-2 (0-307-27096-3)

In June 1846, General Stephen Watts Kearny rode out of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, with two thousand soldiers, bound for California. At the time, the nation was hell-bent on expansion: James K. Polk had lately won the presidency by threatening England over the borders in Oregon, while Congress had just voted, in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Patriotic Fire
Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans
Written by Winston Groom


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9566-7 (1-4000-9566-2)

From the author of best-selling works of history and fiction, an enthralling retelling of one of the greatest battles fought on the North American continent, and of the two men who—against all expectations and odds—joined forces to repel the British invasion of New Orleans in December 1814.

It has all the... Read more >
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Baptism
A Vietnam Memoir
Written by Larry Gwin


Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 2, 1999
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1922-1 (0-8041-1922-8)

A Yale graduate who volunteered to serve his country, Larry Gwin was only twenty-three years old when he arrived in Vietnam in 1965. After a brief stint in the Delta, Gwin was reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in An Khe. There, in the hotly contested Central Highlands, he served... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Storm over Iraq
Air Power and the Gulf War
Written by Richard Hallion


Format: Trade Paperback, 386 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 1997
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-723-9 (1-56098-723-5)

An incisive account of the Persian Gulf War, Storm Over Iraq shows how the success of Operation Desert Storm was the product of two decades of profound changes in the American approach to defense, military doctrine, and combat operations. The first detailed analysis of why the Gulf War could be fought... Read more >

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Always Faithful
US Marines in World War II Combat
Written by Eric Hammel


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-84908-538-0 (1-84908-538-2)

From author Eric Hammel comes a unique pictorial history of the U.S. Marines who fought in combat during World War II. Hammel selects the top 100 images from his private archives to share with readers--100 images that capture what semper fidelis meant to the fighting men during the war. This singular... Read more >

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The Mind of War
John Boyd and American Security
Written by Grant Hammond


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-178-5 (1-58834-178-X)

The ideas of US Air Force Colonel John Boyd have transformed American military policy and practice. A first-rate fighter pilot and a self-taught scholar, he wrote the first manual on jet aerial combat; spearheaded the design of both of the Air Force’s premier fighters, the F-15 and the F-16; and shaped... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Autumn of War
What America Learned from September 11 and the War on Terrorism
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3113-9 (1-4000-3113-3)

On September 11, 2001, hours after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the eminent military historian Victor Davis Hanson wrote an article in which he asserted that the United States, like it or not, was now at war and had the moral right to respond with force. An Autumn... Read more >
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Between War and Peace
Lessons from Afghanistan to Iraq
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7273-3 (0-8129-7273-2)

In his acclaimed collection An Autumn of War, the scholar and military historian Victor Davis Hanson expressed powerful and provocative views of September 11 and the ensuing war in Afghanistan. Now, in Between War and Peace, a collection of challenging new essays, he examines the world’s ongoing war on terrorism, from... Read more >
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Carnage and Culture
Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72038-0 (0-385-72038-6)

Examining nine landmark battles from ancient to modern times—from Salamis, where outnumbered Greeks devastated the slave army of Xerxes, to Cortes’s conquest of Mexico to the Tet offensive—Victor Davis Hanson explains why the armies of the West have been the most lethal and effective of any fighting forces in the world.

Looking... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ripples of Battle
How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72194-3 (0-385-72194-3)

Ripples of Battle considers the impact of three specific battles both in their own time and on the subsequent course of human events.

In the wake of 9-11, comparisons were heard between the suicidal Islamic pilots and the kamikazes of WWII. Hanson (who lost an uncle at Okinawa) argues that the real... Read more >
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A War Like No Other
How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6970-2 (0-8129-6970-7)

One of our most provocative military historians, Victor Davis Hanson has given us painstakingly researched and pathbreaking accounts of wars ranging from classical antiquity to the twenty-first century. Now he juxtaposes an ancient conflict with our most urgent modern concerns to create his most engrossing work to date, A War Like... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Higher Form of Killing
The Secret History of Chemical and Biological Warfare
Written by Robert Harris and Jeremy Paxman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 6, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6653-4 (0-8129-6653-8)

A Higher Form of Killing opens with the first devastating battlefield use of lethal gas in World War I, and then investigates the stockpiling of biological weapons during World War II and in the decades afterward as well as the inhuman experiments con-ducted to test their effectiveness. This updated edition includes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Warriors
Portraits from the Battlefield
Written by Max Hastings


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27568-4 (0-307-27568-X)

Heroism in battle has been celebrated throughout history, yet it is one of the least understood virtues. What makes some men and women perform extraordinary deeds on the battlefield? What makes them risk their lives in the pursuit of victory?

Max Hastings, one of our foremost military historians, has seen combat up... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

Written by Chris Hedges


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 10, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3463-5 (1-4000-3463-9)

As a veteran war correspondent, Chris Hedges has survived ambushes in Central America, imprisonment in Sudan, and a beating by Saudi military police. He has seen children murdered for sport in Gaza and petty thugs elevated into war heroes in the Balkans. Hedges, who is also a former divinity student, has... Read more >

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The Arab-Israeli Wars
War and Peace in the Middle East
Written by Chaim Herzog and Shlomo Gazit


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7963-6 (1-4000-7963-2)

Now in its third edition, this classic study has been updated for the first time in more than twenty years.

Chaim Herzog, former President of Israel, was involved in every conflict involving Israel and its Arab neighbors from before the 1948 War of Independence. The Arab-Israeli Wars is Herzog’s acclaimed history of... Read more >

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A Short History of Nuclear Folly

Written by Rudolph Herzog
Translated by Jefferson Chase


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-173-7 (1-61219-173-8)

In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove and The Atomic Café, a blackly sardonic people’s history of atomic blunders and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes in which the great powers gambled with catastrophe. Rudolph Herzog presents a devastating account of history’s most irresponsible uses of nuclear technology. From the rarely... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Great Game
The Myths and Reality of Espionage
Written by Frederick P. Hitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72638-5 (0-375-72638-1)

In this riveting insider’s account, a former inspector general of the CIA compares actual espionage cases and practices with classic and popular spy fiction, showing that the real world of espionage is nearly always stranger and more complicated than even the best spy fiction.

Exploring everything from tradecraft and recruitment to bureaucracy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Neptune's Inferno
The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
Written by James D. Hornfischer


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80670-0 (0-553-80670-X)

With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Conquer or Die!
Wellington's Veterans and the Liberation of the New World
Written by Ben Hughes


Format: Hardcover, 392 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-183-2 (1-84908-183-2)

In 1815, just after the battle of Waterloo, over 6,000 British volunteers sailed across the Atlantic to aid Simon Bolivar in his liberation of Gran Columbia from her Spanish oppressors. The expeditions were plagued with disaster from the start, when one ship sank shortly after leaving Portsmouth with the loss of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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They Shall Not Pass
The British Battalion at Jarama - The Spanish Civil War
Written by Ben Hughes


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 19, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-549-6 (1-84908-549-8)

In 1937 a group of idealistic British volunteers sailed from England to fight the dark threat of dictatorship in Spain. In the olive groves of Jarama they achieved the first victory against Franco’s army. It was Fascism’s first defeat. Hardly remembered today, it was possibly the crucial military turning point of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Towers of Stone
The Battle of Wills in Chechnya
Written by Wojciech Jagielski
Translated by Soren A. Gauger


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-900-2 (1-58322-900-0)

Winner of the Premio Letterature dal Fronte (Italy)

In Towers of Stone, award-winning Polish reporter Wojciech Jagielski brings into focus the tragedy of Chechnya, its inhabitants, and the war being waged there by a handful of desperate warriors against a powerful and much more numerous army. Jagielski’s narrative is told through the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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