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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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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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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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 >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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A World Undone
The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
Written by G.J. Meyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
On Sale: May 29, 2007
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38240-2 (0-553-38240-3)

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies, and it also unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After ninety years, scholars remain divided on such questions, and it seems likely that they always will. A World Undone does not claim to have all the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21

Written by Alexander Miladenov
Illustrated by Adam Tooby


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-374-8 (1-78200-374-6)

The MiG-21, nicknamed 'Fishbed' by NATO, was the primary Soviet jet fighter from 1972 onward, opposing the F-15 Eagle and F-14 Tomcat worldwide in a variety of conflicts.

The MiG-21 firmly holds the title of the world's most widely built and used jet fighter, with over 10,000 units rolling off the lines... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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We Were Soldiers Once...and Young
Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
Written by Lt. General Ha Moore and Joseph Galloway


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: November 23, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-47581-7 (0-345-47581-X)

Each year, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps selects one book that he believes is both relevant and timeless for reading by all Marines. The Commandant's choice for 1993 was We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young.

In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a paperback.

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The Book of Camouflage
The Art of Disappearing
Written by Tim Newark


Format: Hardcover, 104 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-831-6 (1-78200-831-4)

Covering the origins of camo patterning, from Wehrmacht field gray, to US Army green, and Commonwealth khaki, to its use in combat today, The Book of Camouflage tells the history of camouflage patterning in conflict.

The collection of images for the The Book of Camouflage was put together by the author... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Great Islamic Conquests AD 632-750

Written by David Nicolle


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-273-8 (1-84603-273-3)

Few, if any, centuries in world history have had such a profound and long-lasting impact as the first hundred years of Islamic history. In this book, David Nicolle, a former member of the BBC's Arabic service, examines the extensive Islamic conquests between 632 and 750 AD. These years saw the religion... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wearing the Green Beret
A Canadian with the Royal Marine Commandos
Written by Jake Olafsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-6857-7 (0-7710-6857-3)

With the authenticity of Jarhead and Bravo Two Zero and the straight-up narrative of Contact Charlie, this military memoir describes what really goes on in the training of an elite soldier and his tours in Afghanistan.

In 2004, Jake Olafsen signed up for the Royal Marines Commandos. He left everything behind at... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Wearing the Green Beret
A Canadian with the Royal Marine Commandos
Written by Jake Olafsen


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: January 18, 2011
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-6852-2 (0-7710-6852-2)

In 2004, Jake Olafsen signed up for the Royal Marines Commandos. He left everything behind at home in Canada on the basis of a spur-of-the-moment decision. The Royal Marines have the toughest and longest basic training of any infantry unit in the world. For Olafson, this meant eight months of wet... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Six Days of War
June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Written by Michael B. Oren


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46192-6 (0-345-46192-4)

2003 Los Angeles Times Book Award for HISTORY

Though it lasted for only six tense days in June, the 1967 Arab-Israeli war never really ended. Every crisis that has ripped through this region in the ensuing decades, from the Yom Kippur War of 1973 to the ongoing intifada, is a direct consequence... Read more >

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.
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