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A Fiery Peace in a Cold War
Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon
Written by Neil Sheehan

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74549-5 (0-679-74549-1)

In this long-awaited history, Neil Sheehan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, describes the US-Soviet arms race through the story of the colorful and visionary American Air Force officer, Bernard Schriever.

This never-before-told story details Schriever’s quest to prevent the Soviet Union from acquiring nuclear superiority, and describes... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Alexander the Great at War
His Army - His Battles - His Enemies
Written by Ruth Sheppard

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: March 22, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-480-2 (1-84908-480-7)

Perhaps the most famous commander of the ancient world, Alexander the Great, and his battles and victories, never cease to fascinate those with any interest in Ancient Greece. He was aged only 20 when he became king of Macedon, but he had already begun to show the military genius that would... Read more >

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Lion of Jordan
The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace
Written by Avi Shlaim

Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7828-8 (1-4000-7828-8)

The first major account of the life of an extraordinary soldier and statesman, King Hussein of Jordan.

Throughout his long reign (1953—1999), Hussein remained a dominant figure in Middle Eastern politics and a consistent proponent of peace with Israel. For over forty years he walked a tightrope between Palestinians and Arab radicals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Code Book
The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Written by Simon Singh

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 29, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49532-5 (0-385-49532-3)

In his first book since the bestselling Fermat's Enigma, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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With the Old Breed
At Peleliu and Okinawa
Written by E.B. Sledge

Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: September 25, 2007
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-919-8 (0-89141-919-5)

In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Utility of Force
The Art of War in the Modern World
Written by Rupert Smith

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27811-1 (0-307-27811-5)

From a highly decorated general, a brilliant new way of understanding war and its role in the twenty-first century.

Drawing on his vast experience as a commander during the first Gulf War, and in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Northern Ireland, General Rupert Smith gives us a probing analysis of modern war. He demonstrates... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the Ruins of Empire
The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia
Written by Ronald Spector

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6732-6 (0-8129-6732-1)

Now in Paperback

With access to recently available firsthand accounts by Chinese, Japanese, British, and American witnesses and previously top secret U.S. intelligence records, acclaimed historian Ronald Spector tells for the first time the fascinating story of the deadly confrontations that broke out–or merely continued–in Asia after peace was proclaimed at the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Armed Conflict
The Lessons of Modern Warfare
Written by Brian Steed

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: January 1, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-89141-803-0 (0-89141-803-2)

A military theorist and experienced armor officer, Brian Steed provides insights into the future of armed conflict.

He analyzes five battles, one each in Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands, the Persian Gulf, and Somalia; placing all in an appropriate historical and geographic context. He also explores the specific strategies employed in each... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Special Forces Sniper Skills

Written by Robert Stirling

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: December 18, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-78096-003-6 (1-78096-003-4)

This hard hitting account details the men, weapons and techniques used to coldly eliminate high value targets on the battlefield, in hostage situations, in political assassinations and elsewhere.

This book goes beyond the general infantry use of snipers: it examines the role of the sniper, and the unique skills employed, when serving... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Landmark Herodotus
The Histories
Written by Robert B. Strassler

Format: Trade Paperback, 1024 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3114-6 (1-4000-3114-1)

From the editor of the widely praised The Landmark Thucydides, a new Landmark Edition of The Histories by Herodotus.

Cicero called Herodotus "the father of history," and his only work, The Histories, is considered the first true piece of historical writing in Western literature. With lucid prose, Herodotus's account of the rise... Read more >

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Hope is Not a Method

Written by Gordon R. Sullivan
Contribution by Michael V. Harper

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: September 2, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0060-7 (0-7679-0060-X)

Since the end of the Cold War, the United States Army has been reengineered and downsized more thoroughly than any other business. In the early 1990s, General Sullivan, army chief of staff, and Colonel Harper, his key strategic planner, took the post-Cold War army into the Information Age. Faced with a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Art of War

Written by Sun Tzu

Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 1, 1989
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-29985-5 (0-385-29985-0)

A seminal work on the philosophy of successful leadership that is as applicable to contemporary business as it is to war. James Clavell has taken a 1910 translation and clarified it for the contemporary reader. This contemporary version of the 1910 translation presents the now classic treatise written more than 2,500... Read more >

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A Russian Soldier's Story
Written by Vladislav Tamarov

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
On Sale: October 30, 2001
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-58008-416-1 (1-58008-416-8)

Drafted into the Soviet Army in April 1984 and sent at the age of 19 to serve in Afghanistan as a minesweeper, Vladislav Tamarov turned in secret to the pen and the camera to chronicle his 621 days of war. Photographs depicting the haunted faces of both soldiers and civilians, the... Read more >

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The Civil War of 1812
American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies
Written by Alan Taylor

Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4265-4 (1-4000-4265-8)

In this deeply researched and clearly written book, the Pulitzer Prize—winning historian Alan Taylor tells the riveting story of a war that redefined North America. During the early nineteenth century, Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution. Soldiers, immigrants, settlers, and Indians fought in a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Battle for Pusan
A Memoir
Written by Addison Terry

Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: April 25, 2006
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-47262-5 (0-345-47262-4)

“A great read [that] has frozen the events in print that molded great men who stood alone on the mainland of Asia against the first Asian Communist Army to engage the West.”
–From the Foreword by Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott, Jr., USAF (Ret.), author of God Is My Co-Pilot

The rapid-fire success... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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War Games
Inside the World of Twentieth-Century War Reenactors
Written by Jenny Thompson

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-280-5 (1-58834-280-8)

D-Day with beach umbrellas in the distance? Troops ordering ice cream? American and German forces celebrating Christmas together in the barracks? This could only be the curious world of 20th-century war reenactors. A relatively recent and rapidly expanding phenomenon, reenactments in the United States of World War I, World War II... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The MP5 Submachine Gun

Written by Leroy Thompson

Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-917-7 (1-78200-917-5)

Since the mid-1960s the Heckler & Koch MP5 has become the most widely used submachine gun in the world, especially among counterterrorist and special-operations units. Lightweight and offering a blistering rate of fire of 900 rounds per minute in some versions, the MP5 quickly earned a reputation for accuracy due to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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At the Edge of Space
The X-15 Flight Program
Written by Milton O. Thompson
Foreword by Neil A. Armstrong

Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-078-8 (1-58834-078-3)

In At the Edge of Space, Milton O. Thompson tells the dramatic story of one of the most successful research aircraft ever flown. The first full-length account of the X-15 program, the book profiles the twelve test pilots (Neil Armstrong, Joe Engle, Scott Crossfield, and the author among them) chosen for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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To Hanoi and Back
The U.S. Air Force and North Vietnam, 1966-1973
Written by Wayne Thompson
Foreword by Richard P. Hallion

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-283-6 (1-58834-283-2)

After nearly eighteen months of the largely unsuccessful bombing campaign called Operation Rolling Thunder, the US Air Force began to look for ways to overcome technological, geographical, and political challenges in North Vietnam and use limited air power more effectively. In 1972 the two Linebacker campaigns joined with other air operations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Infantryman's Memoir of Vietnam
Written by Robert Tonsetic

Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: February 3, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-844-3 (0-89141-844-X)

On the ground, in the air, and behind the lines, grunts made life-and-death decisions every day—and endured the worst stress of their young lives.

It was the tumultuous year 1968, and Robert Tonsetic was Rifle Company commander of the 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry in Vietnam. He took over a group of grunts... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

William Diamond'S Drum
The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution
Written by Arthur Bernon Tourtellot

Format: eBook, 312 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83221-4 (0-307-83221-X)

William Diamond's drum roll in 1775 was the call to arms for the farmers and villagers in Massachusetts that began the American revolution. The book is a well researched history of the war and various battles therein. It is written in a manner to make for an exciting retelling of history... Read more >

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Air Commando One
Heinie Aderholt and America's Secret Air Wars
Written by Warren A. Trest

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2000
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-807-6 (1-56098-807-X)

Air-dropping agents deep behind enemy lines in clandestine night missions during the Korean War, commanding secret flights into Tibet in 1960 to support the anticommunist guerilla uprising, participating in plans for the 1962 Bay of Pigs invasion–even before the escalation of the Vietnam War, Brigadier General Harry C. “Heinie” Aderholt worked... Read more >

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The Guns of August
The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman

Format: Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: August 3, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-47609-8 (0-345-47609-3)

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning history, Tuchman writes about the turning point of the year 1914--the month leading up to the war and the first month of the war. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Warriors of Medieval Japan

Written by Stephen Turnbull

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 22, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-220-2 (1-84603-220-2)

The fearless, elite warriors of medieval Japan were loyal comrades but deadly foes. Whether foot soldier, samurai or trained assassin, these men were driven by strict codes of honor and bound by deep allegiances of rank, family or religion.

This book examines the military lives of four formidable warrior types, covering the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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No Bended Knee
The Battle for Guadalcanal
Written by Merrill B. Twining

Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: March 30, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-826-9 (0-89141-826-1)

“A VIVID NARRATIVE . . . A splendid first-person account of the costly campaign that enabled Allied forces to wrest Guadalcanal from the Japanese in World War II’s Pacific theater.”
Kirkus Reviews

“By reading and studying No Bended Knee, the military professional can gain an appreciation for war at the strategic, operational, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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