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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 >
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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 >
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The Darkest Days
The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914
Written by Douglas Newton


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-350-7 (1-78168-350-6)

Through a forensic study of the personal papers of many of the key figures on both sides of the debate, historian Douglas Newton pieces together what really went on in the frenetic weeks between the assassination in Sarajevo and the declaration of war on August 4, 1914.

Many recently published histories of... Read more >
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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 >
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US Navy Dreadnoughts 1914-45

Written by Ryan Noppen
Illustrated by Paul Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 48 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-386-1 (1-78200-386-X)

When the United States went to war with Spain in April 1898, few European observers believed the small and relatively inexperienced American navy could achieve a decisive naval victory over an established European colonial power. In less than five months however, two Spanish naval squadrons lay at the bottom of the... Read more >
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AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operation Enduring Freedom

Written by Lon Nordeen


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-344-1 (1-78200-344-4)

In the 1970s the USMC bought the AV-8A Harrier from the UK to test V/STOL (vertical and/or short take-off and landing) concepts for close air support. A successful funding battle was subsequently fought in the 1980s to secure military, political, and economic support to expand this concept to develop and field... Read more >
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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 >
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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 >
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Killing Bin Laden - Operation Neptune Spear 2011

Written by Peter Panzeri
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0408-2 (1-4728-0408-2)

On May 2, 2011 a ten-year manhunt drew to a deadly end as the men of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group (a.k.a. SEAL Team Six) closed in on their prey, Osama Bin Laden, the fanatical mastermind of the terrible attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001... 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 Battlefileds 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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America's Secret MiG Squadron
The Red Eagles of Project CONSTANT PEG
Written by Gaillard R. Peck Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0484-6 (1-4728-0484-8)

This book is the story of a group of military pioneers who were intent on using their experience and knowledge to develop a new training paradigm for fighter pilots. As a Vietnam veteran and Phantom F-4 pilot, Col. Gail Peck (call-sign "EVIL") had been disappointed with the level of training offered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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Soldiers' Songs and Slang of the Great War

Written by Martin Pegler


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0415-0 (1-4728-0415-5)

Soldiers' Songs and Slang of the Great War explains the meaning and origins of the language and songs of WW1.

A bawdy and satiric celebration of cheerful determination in the face of appalling adversity, this book brings forth the sense of humor of the American, Canadian, Australian, and British soldier in the... 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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