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El Alamein
The Battle that Turned the Tide of the Second World War
Written by Bryn Hammond


Format: Hardcover, 344 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-640-0 (1-84908-640-0)

The battle of El Alamein in 1942 was one of the most crucial events in the entire Second World War. Before it, the British had never won a major battle on land against the Germans; nor indeed had anyone else, even the Russians. At Alamein the British Eighth Army first thwarted... Read more >
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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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Armageddon
The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945
Written by Max Hastings


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71422-1 (0-375-71422-7)

In September 1944, the Allies believed that Hitler’s army was beaten and expected the bloodshed to end by Christmas. Yet a series of mistakes and setbacks, including the Battle of the Bulge, drastically altered this timetable and led to eight more months of brutal fighting.

With Armageddon, the eminent military historian... Read more >
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Inferno
The World at War, 1939-1945
Written by Max Hastings


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47553-4 (0-307-47553-0)

From one of our finest military historians, a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences.

For thirty-five years, Max Hastings has researched and written about different aspects of the war. Now, for the first time, he gives us... Read more >
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Overlord
D-Day and the Battle for Normandy
Written by Max Hastings


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27571-4 (0-307-27571-X)

"Hastings is able to construct a narrative evoking the chaos of combat without losing the thread of tactical and strategic developments." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

On June 6, 1944, the American and British armies staged the greatest amphibious landing in history to begin Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of... Read more >

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Retribution
The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
Written by Max Hastings


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27536-3 (0-307-27536-1)

By the summer of 1944 it was clear that Japan's defeat was inevitable, but how the drive to victory would be achieved remained unclear. The ensuing drama—that ended in Japan's utter devastation—was acted out across the vast theater of Asia in massive clashes between army, air, and naval forces.

In recounting these... Read more >
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Winston's War
Churchill, 1940-1945
Written by Max Hastings


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38871-1 (0-307-38871-9)

Winston’s War is a vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime. Here are the glories and triumphs, the contradictions and blunders of the man who, through sheer force of will, kept Britain fighting in 1940. But as the tide of the war turned, historian Max Hastings shows how Churchill... Read more >
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Winston's War
Churchill, 1940-1945
Written by Max Hastings


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26839-6 (0-307-26839-X)

From our foremost historian of World War II, a vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime.

With unparalleled insight, Max Hastings brings to life the man and his complexities, giving us a penetrating analysis of Churchill’s relationship with his nation, its allies, and its armed forces. He captures Churchill’s galvanizing... Read more >
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The Bridge at Remagen
A Story of World War II
Written by Ken Hechler


Format: Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: July 26, 2005
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-860-3 (0-89141-860-1)

It was a stunning strategic victory of World War II–and one of the most fantastic breaks for the Allies. On March 7, 1945, a small group of American infantrymen, engineers, and tank crews secured the Ludendorff Bridge that crossed the Rhine. The successful mission saved thousands of American lives and spearheaded... Read more >
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A Life in Secrets
Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII
Written by Sarah Helm


Format: Trade Paperback, 546 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3140-5 (1-4000-3140-0)

From an award-winning journalist comes this real-life cloak-and-dagger tale of Vera Atkins, one of Britain’s premiere secret agents during World War II.

As the head of the French Section of the British Special Operations Executive, Vera Atkins recruited, trained, and mentored special operatives whose job was to organize and arm the resistance... Read more >
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Hiroshima

Written by John Hersey


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 4, 1989
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72103-1 (0-679-72103-7)

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic "that stirs the conscience of humanity"... Read more >
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The Commandant of Lubizec
A Novel of The Holocaust and Operation Reinhard
Written by Patrick Hicks


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-220-2 (1-58642-220-0)

After the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, they quickly began persecuting anyone who was Jewish. Millions were shoved into ghettos and forced to live under the swastika. Death camps were built and something called "Operation Reinhard" was set into motion. Its goal? To murder all the Jews of Poland.

The Commandant of... Read more >
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The Nazi Occult

Written by Kenneth Hite
Illustrated by Darren Tan


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-78096-598-7 (1-78096-598-2)

In the dark dungeons beneath Nazi Germany, teams of occult experts delved into ancient and forbidden lore, searching for lost secrets of power. Ordered by Hitler to discover new weapons that he could unleash on his enemies, the occultists experimented with dark magics, mystical artifacts, and creatures thought only to exist... Read more >
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Chesty
The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC
Written by Jon T. Hoffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76044-0 (0-375-76044-X)

The Marine Corps is known for its heroes, and Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller has long been considered the greatest of them all. His assignments and activities covered an extraordinary spectrum of warfare. Puller mastered small unit guerrilla warfare as a lieutenant in Haiti in the 1920s, and at the end... Read more >
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Wings of Courage
Tales from America's Elite Fighter Groups of World War II
Written by Tony Holmes


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 20, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-219-8 (1-84908-219-7)

From the war-torn skies over Europe to the empty expanses of the Pacific, pilots were the vanguard of the U.S. military machine during the dark days of World War II. Discover their experiences as numerous eyewitness accounts explore the terror, adrenalin and courage which defined aerial combat. Focusing on four elite... Read more >

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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 >
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Japan 1941
Countdown to Infamy
Written by Eri Hotta


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-73974-2 (0-307-73974-0)

Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

A groundbreaking history that considers the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective and is certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific.

When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a... Read more >
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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 >
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Pacific War, 1931-1945

Written by Saburo Ienaga


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 12, 1979
Price: $11.96
ISBN: 978-0-394-73496-5 (0-394-73496-3)

One of Japan's leading intellectuals brings us this deeply moving and memorable portrayal of how and why Japan waged war from 1931-1945, and what life was like for the Japanese people in a society engaged in total war.

"The Pacific War provides knowledge of what went on in Japan and in... Read more >
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Captured Eagles: Secrets of the Luftwaffe

Written by Frederick A. Johnsen


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-368-7 (1-78200-368-1)

In Captured Eagles, Frederick A. Johnsen lays bare the once secret history of the American effort to understand and counter the Luftwaffe before and during World War II, and afterward to seize and exploit German technological advances in everything from jet fighters and bombers to ballistic missiles.

Even before World War II... Read more >
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From Here to Eternity

Written by James Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: October 13, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33364-1 (0-385-33364-1)

Winner of the National Book Award, this bestseller describes army life in Hawaii on the eve of Pearl Harbor.
In this magnificent but brutal classic of a soldier's life, James Jones portrays the courage, violence and passions of men and women who live by unspoken codes and with unutterable despair. ... Read more >
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The Thin Red Line
A Novel
Written by James Jones
Foreword by Francine Prose


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: February 9, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-32408-3 (0-385-32408-1)

The World War II classic (1962) by the bestselling author of From Here to Eternity and Whistle, follows the men of Charlie Company as they fight on Guadalcanal.

"A rare and splendid accomplishment...strong and ambitious, spacious, and as honest as any novel ever written."--Newsweek

"A major novel of combat in World War... Read more >

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Sixty Days in Combat
An Infantryman's Memoir of World War II in Europe
Written by Dean Joy


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: March 2, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-89141-839-9 (0-89141-839-3)

“The infantryman’s war is . . . without the slightest doubt the dirtiest, roughest job of them all.”

For two months in 1945, Dean Joy endured and survived the everyday deprivations and dangers of being a frontline infantryman. His amazingly detailed memoir, self-illustrated with numerous scenes Joy remembers from his time in... Read more >
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Eyewitness to World War II
Unforgettable Stories and Photographs From History's Greatest Conflict
Written by Stephen Hyslop
Edited by Neil Kagan


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0970-3 (1-4262-0970-3)

Eyewitness to World War II brings you closer than ever before to the greatest challenge a generation of Americans had ever faced. The unforgettable story of World War II is told through the words of those who lived it--both on the battlefield and the home front--creating a dramatic tapestry of the... Read more >

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Who Will Write Our History?
Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto
Written by Samuel D. Kassow


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45586-4 (0-307-45586-6)

In 1940, in the Jewish ghetto of Nazi-occupied Warsaw, the Polish historian Emanuel Ringelblum established a clandestine scholarly organization called the Oyneg Shabes to record the experiences of the ghetto's inhabitants. For three years, members of the Oyneb Shabes worked in secret to chronicle the lives of hundereds of thousands as... Read more >
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