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On the Natural History of Destruction

Written by W.G. Sebald
Translated by Anthea Bell


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 17, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75657-3 (0-375-75657-4)

During World War II, 131 German cities and towns were targeted by Allied bombs, a good number almost entirely flattened. Six hundred thousand German civilians died—a figure twice that of all American war casualties. Seven and a half million Germans were left homeless. Given the astonishing scope of the devastation, W... Read more >
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Albert Speer
His Battle with Truth
Written by Gitta Sereny


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 29, 1996
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76812-8 (0-679-76812-2)

Albert Speer was not only Hitler's architect and armaments minister, but the Fuhrer's closest friend--his "unhappy love." Speer was one of the few defendants at the Nuremberg Trials to take responsibility for Nazi war crimes, even as he denied knowledge of the Holocaust. Now, this enigma of a man is unveiled... Read more >

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Into That Darkness
An Examination of Conscience
Written by Gitta Sereny


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1983
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-71035-8 (0-394-71035-5)

Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, Commandant of Treblinka, this book lays bare the soul of a man who continually found ways to rationalize his role in Hitler's Final Solution.

“The most gripping and illuminating account of Nazi genocide that I have ever read.” —Stephen Vizinczey, The London... Read more >
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To the Last Man
A Novel of the First World War
Written by Jeff Shaara


Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46134-6 (0-345-46134-7)

Spring 1916: the horror of a stalemate on Europe’s western front. France and Great Britain are on one side of the barbed wire, a fierce German army is on the other. Acclaimed author Jeff Shaara opens the window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare as seen through the eyes of... Read more >

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After Daybreak
The Liberation of Bergen-Belsen, 1945
Written by Ben Shephard


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: November 15, 2005
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4232-4 (0-8052-4232-5)

“The things I saw completely defy description.”

When British troops entered Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945, they uncovered scenes of horror and depravity that shocked the world. But they also confronted a terrible challenge—inside the camp were some 60,000 people suffering from typhus, starvation and dysentery, who would die unless... Read more >
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The Long Road Home
The Aftermath of the Second World War
Written by Ben Shephard


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3350-8 (1-4000-3350-0)

Groundbreaking and remarkably relevant to modern emergency relief efforts, The Long Road Home tells the epic story of how the mammoth refugee problem in the wake of World War II was painstakingly solved.

While the war was still going on, the Western Allies began to plan for the humanitarian crisis they... Read more >
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Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk
The Turning Point of World War II
Written by Dennis E. Showalter


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6677-3 (1-4000-6677-8)

One of America’s most distinguished military historians offers the definitive account of the greatest tank battle of World War II—an epic clash of machines and men that matched the indomitable will of the Soviet Red Army against the awesome might of the Nazi Wehrmacht.

While the Battle of Kursk has long captivated... Read more >
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Ghost Soldiers
The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
Written by Hampton Sides


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 7, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49565-3 (0-385-49565-X)

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the... Read more >

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Ghost Soldiers
The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
Written by Hampton Sides


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49564-6 (0-385-49564-1)

Winner, 2002 PEN Center West Literary Award for best Research Nonfiction

Recepient, Barnes & Noble 2001 Discover Great New Writers Awards for Nonfiction

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected troops from the elite U.S. Army 6th Ranger Battalion slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines in an attempt to rescue 513 American and... Read more >

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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 >
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Counting the Days
POWs, Internees, and Stragglers of World War II in the Pacific
Written by Craig B. Smith


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-355-0 (1-58834-355-3)

Six riveting, true stories--told largely in their own words--of people who survived the realities of imprisonment during World War II in the Pacific

Counting the Days is the story of six prisoners of war imprisoned by both sides during the conflict the Japanese called the “Pacific War.” As in all wars, the... Read more >
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The Last Mission
The Secret History of World War II's Final Battle
Written by Jim Smith and Malcolm McConnell


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 6, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0779-8 (0-7679-0779-5)

How close did the Japanese come to not surrendering to Allied forces on August 15, 1945? On the final night of the war, as Emperor Hirohito recorded a message of surrender for the Japanese people, a band of Japanese rebels, commanded by War Minister Anami's elite staff, burst into the palace... Read more >
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Bletchley Park
Code-Breaking
Written by Michael Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1215-9 (0-7478-1215-2)

Around 100 people arrived at Bletchley in August 1939, but by the beginning of 1944 there were around 10,000 people from a wide range of backgrounds. Young women who had left school at 15 worked alongside senior academics and service officers with everyone treated as equals. To quote an American who... Read more >

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Eagle Against the Sun
The American War With Japan
Written by Ronald Spector


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1985
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74101-7 (0-394-74101-3)

Only now can the full scope of the war in the Pacific be fully understood. Historian Ronald Spector, drawing on newly declassified intelligence files, an abundance of British and American archival material, Japanese scholarship and documents, and research and memoirs of scholarly and military men, has written a stunning, complete and... Read more >

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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 >
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Witnesses of War
Children's Lives Under the Nazis
Written by Nicholas Stargardt


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3379-9 (1-4000-3379-9)

Children were at the center of the Nazi ideology; now we have their history of those years. In this groundbreaking study–based on a wide range of new sources–Nicholas Stargardt details what happened to children of all nationalities and religions living under the Nazi regime. Their stories open a world we have... Read more >
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Marine Combat Correspondent
World War II in the Pacific
Written by Samuel E. Stavisky


Format: Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Ivy Books
On Sale: August 3, 1999
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1865-1 (0-8041-1865-5)

In 1942, Washington Post writer Sam Stavisky heard that the U.S. Marine Corps was creating a unique unit of rifle-toting writers, the Combat Correspondent Corps. After completing the rigors of boot camp every grunt must endure, a chosen few civilian reporters would be transformed into Marines, then be assigned to the... Read more >

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Lost Battalions
Going for Broke in the Vosges, Autumn 1944
Written by Franz Steidl


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-89141-727-9 (0-89141-727-3)

In the autumn of 1944, during fierce fighting in the Vosges Mountains of eastern France, one of the most amazing incidents in military history occurred: the rescue of two infantry battalions, one American, one German, cut off, far behind the enemy lines of each. Includes bibliographical references.

“Lost Battalions is an extraordinary... Read more >
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The Souvenir
A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War
Written by Louise Steinman


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 18, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-701-4 (1-55643-701-3)

Selected by Penn State for its Freshman Year Reading Program

Louise Steinman’s American childhood in the fifties was bound by one unequivocal condition: “Never mention the war to your father.” That silence sustained itself until the fateful day Steinman opened an old ammunition box left behind after her parents’ death. In it... Read more >
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No Ordinary Men
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State
Written by Fritz Stern and Elisabeth Sifton


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-681-8 (1-59017-681-2)

During the twelve years of Hitler’s Third Reich, very few Germans took the risk of actively opposing his tyranny and terror, and fewer still did so to protect the sanctity of law and faith. In No Ordinary Men, Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern focus on two remarkable, courageous men who did–the... Read more >
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The Battle of Britain

Written by Neil Storey


Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1047-6 (0-7478-1047-8)

In the skies above south-east England in 1940, battle was waged between the men and machines of the Royal Air Force and Hitler's Luftwaffe. At stake was air superiority, and the Germans intended this to be a first step in the invasion of Britain. Squadrons of Hurricanes and Spitfires, then among... Read more >

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Behind Hitler's Lines
The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for both America and the Soviet Union in World War II
Written by Thomas H. Taylor


Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 1, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-845-0 (0-89141-845-8)

Behind Hitler's Lines is the story of the first American paratrooper, Joe Beyrle, to land in Normandy and the only soldier to fight for both the United States and the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany. It is a story of battle, followed by a succession of captures, escapes, recaptures, and re-escapes... Read more >
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US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II

Written by Barrett Tillman


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-410-3 (1-78200-410-6)

The classic 1951 movie Flying Leathernecks starring John Wayne immortalized the USMC pilots who had fought in the skies over Guadalcanal and the Solomons.

The US Marine Corps has a long and proud heritage of aviation excellence, celebrating its centenary in 2012. While "flying leathernecks" made their mark in both world... Read more >
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The Use of Man

Written by Aleksandar Tisma
Translated by Bernard Johnson
Introduction by Claire Messud


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 30, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-726-6 (1-59017-726-6)

Aleksandar Tišma’s The Use of Man is an unsparing and unequaled reckoning with the destruction of human life, self, and being in war, a book about a particular time and place, World War II and the Balkans, but nonetheless for all times. Set on the banks in the multiethnic town of... Read more >
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Adolf Hitler
The Definitive Biography
Written by John Toland


Format: Trade Paperback, 1120 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1991
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-42053-2 (0-385-42053-6)

Based on previously unpublished documents, diaries, notes, photographs and dramatic interviews with Adolf Hitler's colleagues and associates, Toland explores Hitler's childhood, military career and personal life, as well as his rise to power and the forces that led to his demise. Includes photographs and maps. Read more >
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