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Iwo Jima
Legacy of Valor
Written by Bill D. Ross


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1986
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74288-5 (0-394-74288-5)

Ross's hour-by-hour account of the largest and most brutal assault ever conducted by the Marine Corps is "written with just the right reserve, the right absence of hostility or prejudice" (Henry Steele Commager). Read more >

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US Marine vs Japanese Infantryman: Guadalcanal 1942-43

Written by Gordon Rottman
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0134-0 (1-4728-0134-2)

The bitter six-month struggle for control of Guadalcanal in the South Pacific during World War II matched the US Marine Corps against the Imperial Japanese Army in a campaign that would test both sides to the limit. In this book the realities of prolonged warfare in an unforgiving environment are documented... Read more >
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Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck

Written by Gordon Rottman
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-788-3 (1-78200-788-1)

These lethal man-portable anti-tank weapons enabled Wehrmacht infantry to destroy T-34 and Sherman tanks. Written by an expert on anti-tank warfare, this book reveals the fascinating development history of the Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck and accessess the tactics that were employed by the soldiers using these two feared weapons.

Two of World War... Read more >
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Carlson's Marine Raiders - Makin Island 1942

Written by Gordon Rottman


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0327-6 (1-4728-0327-2)

After the Guadalcanal landings, Admiral Nimitz wanted to distract Japanese attention by launching an amphibious raid elswhere. Foreshadowing Bloody Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and countless other landings in the face of intense Japanese resistance, the Makin Raid taught the Marines a great deal.

Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork and expert analysis... Read more >

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Hitler's Private Library
The Books That Shaped His Life
Written by Timothy W. Ryback


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45526-0 (0-307-45526-2)

With a new chapter on eugenicist Madison Grant’s The Passing of the Great Race

In this brilliant and original exploration of some of the formative influences in Adolf Hitler’s life, Timothy Ryback examines the books that shaped the man and his thinking.

Hitler was better known for burning books than collecting them but... Read more >
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Recon Scout
Story of World War II
Written by Fred H. Salter


Format: Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 27, 2001
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-44693-0 (0-345-44693-3)

From Africa’s Sahara Desert to the plains of Tunisia, the battlefields of Sicily to the bloody nightmare of Monte Cassino, the author shares his firsthand experiences as a reconaissance scout during World War II. Read more >
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The Last Good War
The Faces and Voices of World War II
As told to Veronica Kavass
Photographed by Thomas Sanders
Introduction by Hampton Sides


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-085-5 (1-59962-085-5)

World War II remains one of the most galvanizing and defining events in the history of America. Seemingly overnight, the entire nation unified behind a singular cause. By 1945, the size of the U.S. armed forces had grown from two to twelve million men and women of every color, religion, and... Read more >

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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: $16.00
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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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P-38 Lightning Aces 1942-43

Written by John Stanaway


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-332-8 (1-78200-332-0)

The first P-38s became operational with the 1st Fighter Group in April 1941, and the initial combat deployments were made in Alaska, the Southwest Pacific and North Africa during the latter part of 1942. Photographic reconnaissance versions of the P-38 were in action even sooner when F-4 (P-38E) models were rushed... Read more >
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Eichmann Before Jerusalem
The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
Written by Bettina Stangneth
Translated by Ruth Martin


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95967-6 (0-307-95967-8)

A total and groundbreaking reassessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann—a superb work of scholarship that reveals his activities and notoriety among a global network of National Socialists following the collapse of the Third Reich and that permanently challenges Hannah Arendt’s notion of the “banality of evil.”

Smuggled out of Europe after... 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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