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The Battle For History
Re-fighting World War II
Written by John Keegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76743-5 (0-679-76743-6)

Although more than fifty years have passed since the end of W.W.II, there has as yet been no definitive history of that conflict. Existing histories have raised as many questions as they have answered. Now one of our most esteemed military historians assesses the literature that has emerged from W.W.II--and the... Read more >

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The Pointblank Directive
Three Generals and the Untold Story of the Daring Plan that Saved D-Day
Written by L. Keeney


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: December 18, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-933-3 (1-84908-933-7)

Where was the Luftwaffe on D-Day? Historians have debated that question for six decades, but in 2010 a formerly classified World War II D-Day history was restored, and in it were a new set of answers. Pointblank Directive is the result of extensive new research using that newly restored history to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Flamboya Tree
Memories of a Mother's Wartime Courage
Written by Clara Kelly


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6685-5 (0-8129-6685-6)

The Flamboya Tree is a fascinating story that will leave the reader informed about a missing piece of the World War II experience, and in awe of one family’s survival.” —Elizabeth M. Norman, author of
We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese

Fifty... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Flowers of Edo

Written by Michael Dana Kennedy


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-934287-80-4 (1-934287-80-6)

What if the U.S., like in Normandy, landed on the shores of Japan to engage in a massive tide-turning ground campaign?

In The Flowers of Edo, writer and renown WWII researcher Michael Dana Kennedy explores this alternate history in a revealing work of literary fiction. The story begins with Japanese-American Kenji Kobayashi... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Engineers of Victory
The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War
Written by Paul Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 10, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7939-8 (0-8129-7939-7)

Paul Kennedy, award-winning author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and one of today’s most renowned historians, now provides a new and unique look at how World War II was won. Engineers of Victory is a fascinating nuts-and-bolts account of the strategic factors that led to Allied victory... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Liberator
One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
Written by Alex Kershaw


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88800-6 (0-307-88800-2)

The true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of a maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe - from the invasion of Italy to the gates of... Read more >

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The Liberator
One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
Written by Alex Kershaw


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88799-3 (0-307-88799-5)

The true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of a maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe - from the invasion of Italy to the gates of... Read more >

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The Pope and Mussolini
The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
Written by David I. Kertzer


Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9346-2 (0-8129-9346-2)

From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the compelling story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Operation Barbarossa
The German Invasion of Soviet Russia
Written by Robert Kirchubel


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 20, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-78200-408-0 (1-78200-408-4)

In the first 6 months of Hitler’s World War II Nazi invasion, over 5 million of Stalin’s Russian troops were killed, wounded, or captured defending their Motherland. Germany’s surprise assault on the Soviet Union in June 1941, Operation Barbarossa, aimed at nothing less than the destruction of the Soviet Union. Adolf... Read more >
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Tales of a Helicopter Pilot

Written by Richard C. Kirkland


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-952-3 (1-56098-952-1)

Richard Kirkland is legendary for his P-38 Lightning missions in the South Pacific theater during WWII. After the war, he realized the potential of Igor Sikorsky’s new flying machine, and he traded in his fighter-pilot wings for rotors. The nerve-racking chopper missions he has flown are the stuff of legend: scrambling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Will Bear Witness
A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941
Written by Victor Klemperer
Introduction by Martin Chalmers


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 15, 1999
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75378-7 (0-375-75378-8)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

The publication of Victor Klemperer's secret diaries brings to light one of the most extraordinary documents of the Nazi period. "In its cool, lucid style and power of observation," said The New York Times, "it is the best written, most evocative, most observant... Read more >
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I Will Bear Witness
A Diary of the Nazi Years 1942-1945
Written by Victor Klemperer


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 3, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75697-9 (0-375-75697-3)

Destined to take its place alongside The Diary of Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night as one of the great classics of the Holocaust, I Will Bear Witness is a timeless work of literature, the most eloquent and acute testament to have emerged from Hitler's Germany. Volume Two begins in 1942... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Soldat
Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949
Written by Siegfried Knappe


Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: August 9, 1993
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-21526-4 (0-440-21526-9)

Siegfried Knappe, a German soldier during World War II, offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how Hitler motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes. Read more >

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Joe's War
My Father Decoded
Written by Annette Kobak


Format: Trade Paperback, 468 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72612-5 (0-375-72612-8)

Acclaimed biographer Annette Kobak turns her attention to her own family as she sets out to uncover her father's never-discussed past. A mysterious and conspicuously silent figure in Annette's life for some forty-five years, Joe Kobak at last shared with his daughter his harrowing experiences during World War II, which she... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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D-Day with the Screaming Eagles

Written by George Koskimaki


Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-892-4 (0-89141-892-X)

“A TRULY AMAZING COMPENDIUM.”
–Gerald J. Higgins, major general, U.S. Army (ret.), from the Foreword

In the predawn darkness of D-Day, an elite fighting force struck the first blows against Hitler’s Fortress Europe. Braving a hail of enemy gunfire and mortars, bold invaders from the sky descended into the hedgerow country and swarmed... Read more >

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The Eternal Nazi
From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim
Written by Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53243-3 (0-385-53243-1)

From the New York Times reporters who first uncovered S.S. officer Aribert Heim’s secret life in Egypt comes the never-before-told story of the most hunted Nazi war criminal in the world.

Dr. Aribert Heim worked at the Mauthausen concentration camp for only a few months in 1941 but left a devastating mark... Read more >

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Fatal Voyage
The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis
Written by Dan Kurzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0678-4 (0-7679-0678-0)

Shortly after midnight on July 30, 1945, the Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea. The ship had just left the island of Tinian, delivering components of the atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima. As the torpedoes hit, the Indianapolis erupted into a fiery coffin... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor
Eyewitness Accounts by U.S. Military Men and Women
Written by Robert S. La Forte and Ronald E. Marcello


Format: Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 22, 1992
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-37380-9 (0-345-37380-4)

"Culled from 350 interviews conducted over 15 years, these 40 oral histories of December 7, 1941, and its immediate aftermath recount the experiences of military men and women present at Pearl Harbor and its environs. The diverse vantage points range from ships attacked at sea to Battleship Row, the Navy drydocks... Read more >

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Helmet for My Pillow
From Parris Island to the Pacific
Written by Robert Leckie


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-59331-0 (0-553-59331-5)

Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of World War II. Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Canton Elegy
A Father's Letter of Sacrifice, Survival, and Enduring Love
Written by Stephen Lee and Howard Webster


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-78028-573-3 (1-78028-573-6)

Stephen Lee’s grandchildren knew him as a humble grocer. Beneath his humble exterior, however, lay one of the most extraordinary stories of the twentieth century.
 
Lee was born in Canton, China in 1902. As a teenager he was sent to live with relatives in San Francisco. He attended college at Iowa... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Many Lives of Miss K
Toto Koopman - Model, Muse, Spy
Written by Jean-Noel Liaut
Translated by Denise Raab Jacobs


Format: Hardcover, 244 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4129-5 (0-8478-4129-4)

A life of glamour and tragedy, set against the watershed cultural and political movements of twentieth-century Europe. “Toto” Koopman (1908—1991) is a new addition to the set of iconoclastic women whose biographies intrigue and inspire modern-day readers. Like her contemporaries Lee Miller or Vita Sackville-West, Toto lived with an independent spirit... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Countrymen

Written by Bo Lidegaard


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35015-0 (0-385-35015-5)

Amid the dark, ghastly history of World War II, the literally extraordinary story, never before fully researched by a historian, of how the Danish people banded together to save their fellow Jews from the Nazis—told through the remarkable unpublished diaries and documents of families forced to run for safety, leaving their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Eichmann Trial

Written by Deborah E. Lipstadt


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4260-7 (0-8052-4260-0)

The capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina in May of 1960 and his subsequent trial in Tel Aviv by an Israeli court electrified the world. The public debate it sparked on where, how, and by whom Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Silent Wings at War
Combat Gliders in World War II
Written by John L. Lowden


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-034-4 (1-58834-034-1)

The pilots were known as “suicide jockeys” and the aircraft they flew were called “flak bait.” Towed behind modified bombers or transport aircraft, Allied combat gliders were used in some of the riskiest missions of World War II, landing miles behind enemy lines with specially trained assault forces. In Silent Wings... Read more >

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Panzer Commander
The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck
Written by Hans Von Luck


Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: January 5, 1991
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-20802-0 (0-440-20802-5)

Written from a German perspective, von Luck, a German professional soldier, writes his memoirs and describes his combat experiences as a Panzer commander who fought under Rommel and in every major theater of World War II.

Hans von Luck was born in 1911 in Flensburg, Germany, the son of a naval... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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