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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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US Heavy Cruisers 1943-75
Wartime and Post-war Classes
Written by Mark Stille
Illustrated by Paul Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 48 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-632-9 (1-78200-632-X)

Fast and heavily armed, the Baltimore class was an evolution of the heavy cruiser designs from before World War II, but without the limitations imposed by the Washington Naval Treaty. Versatile vessels, the heavy cruisers of the Baltimore class, and their successors in the Oregon City and Des Moines classes, commonly... 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, 368 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 11, 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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The Last 100 Days
The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe
Written by John Toland


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 27, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6859-0 (0-8129-6859-X)

Out of print for nearly a decade, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more... Read more >

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How to Wreck a Nice Beach
The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks
Written by Dave Tompkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Stop Smiling Books
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-092-1 (1-61219-092-8)

The history of the vocoder: how popular music hijacked the Pentagon’s speech scrambling weapon

The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II; by the Vietnam War, it was repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians, and is now the ubiquitous voice of popular... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Fighting in Hell
The German Ordeal on the Eastern Front
Written by Peter G. Tsouras


Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 26, 1997
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1698-5 (0-8041-1698-9)

A vivid recollection from four veteran German commanders describes their experiences on the Eastern Front of World War II, how they counted on an easy victory, and the horrendous conditions--including the land, the weather, the distance, and the people--they endured when fighting the Russians. Read more >

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Vera Gran-The Accused

Written by Agata Tuszynska


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26912-6 (0-307-26912-4)

The extraordinary, controversial story of Vera Gran, beautiful, exotic prewar Polish singing star; legendary sensual contralto; Dietrich-like in tone, favorite of the 1930s Warsaw nightclubs, celebrated before, and during, her year in the Warsaw ghetto (spring 1941-summer 1942) . . . and her piano accompanist: Władysław Szpilman, made famous by Roman... Read more >
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Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945

Written by Marie Vassiltchikov


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1988
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75777-3 (0-394-75777-7)

The secret diaries of a twenty-three-year-old White Russian princess who worked in the German Foreign Office from 1940 to 1944 and then as a nurse, these pages give us a unique picture of wartime life in that sector of German society from which the 20th of July Plot—the conspiracy to kill... Read more >

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Sleeping with the Enemy
Coco Chanel's Secret War
Written by Hal Vaughan


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47591-6 (0-307-47591-3)

This explosive narrative reveals for the first time the shocking hidden years of Coco Chanel’s life: her collaboration with the Nazis in Paris, her affair with a master spy, and her work for the German military intelligence service and Himmler’s SS.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was the high priestess of couture who created... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Valkyrie
The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member
Written by Philip Freiherr Von Boeselager, Florence Fehrenbach and Jerome Fehrenbach
Translated by Steven Rendall


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45497-3 (0-307-45497-5)

When the Second World War broke out, Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, then 25-years-old, fought enthusiastically for Germany as a cavalry officer. But after discovering Nazi crimes, von Boeselager’s patriotism quickly turned to disgust, and he joined a group of conspirators who plotted to kill Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. In this... Read more >
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Valkyrie
The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member
Written by Philip Freiherr Von Boeselager, Florence Fehrenbach and Jerome Fehrenbach
Translated by Steven Rendall


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27075-7 (0-307-27075-0)

When the Second World War broke out, Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, age twenty-five, fought for his country enthusiastically as a cavalry officer. His rearing on the family estate in the Rhineland had instilled in him a strong Catholic faith, a reverence for the fatherland, and a love of horsemanship and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Mustang Designer
Edgar Schmued and the P-51
Written by Ray Wagner


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2000
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-994-3 (1-56098-994-7)

Mustang Designer tells the story of American wartime fighter development, including engines and armaments, as part of a nationwide program of aircraft builders and fliers, focusing on Edgar Schmued, the designer of the Mustang. The P-51 Mustang is widely regarded as the best propeller-driven fighter that ever flew. What many might... Read more >
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The War
An Intimate History, 1941-1945
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71118-3 (0-375-71118-X)

The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historians or scholars. They are the voices of ordinary men and women who experienced—and helped to win—the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost.

Focusing on the citizens of four towns—Luverne... Read more >

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The War
An Intimate History, 1941-1945
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 11, 2007
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26283-7 (0-307-26283-9)

The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historians or scholars. They are the voices of ordinary men and women who experienced—and helped to win—the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost.

Focusing on the citizens of four towns— Luverne... Read more >

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Parachute Infantry
An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich
Written by David Webster
Introduction by Stephen E. Ambrose


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: October 29, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33649-9 (0-385-33649-7)

David Kenyon Webster’s memoir is a fascinating chronicle of youth, camaraderie, and the chaos of war. Relying on his own letters home and recollections he penned just after his discharge, Webster gives a first hand account of life in E Company, 101st Airborne Division, crafting a memoir that resonates with the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Boy 30529
A Memoir
Written by Felix Weinberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-300-2 (1-78168-300-X)

In 1939 twelve-year-old Felix Weinberg fell into the hands of the Nazis. Imprisoned for most of his teenage life, Felix survived five concentration camps, including Terezin, Auschwitz, and Birkenau, barely surviving the Death March from Blechhammer in 1945. After losing his mother and brother in the camps, he was liberated at Buchenwald and eventually reunited at... Read more >
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First Into Nagasaki
The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War
Written by George Weller
Edited by Anthony Weller


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 31, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34202-7 (0-307-34202-6)

George Weller was a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter who covered World War II across Europe, Africa, and Asia. At the war’s end in September 1945, under General MacArthur’s media blackout, correspondents were forbidden to enter both Nagasaki and Hiroshima. But instead of obediently staying with the press corps in northern Japan, Weller... Read more >
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Weller's War
A Legendary Foreign Correspondent's Saga of World War II on Five Continents
Written by George Weller
Edited by Anthony Weller


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: March 16, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-34203-4 (0-307-34203-4)

Walter Cronkite called him “one of our best war correspondents.” His stories from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific during World War II won him the Pulitzer Prize. Now, George Weller is immortalized in a collection of fearless, intrepid dispatches that crisscross a shattered globe. Edited by his son, Weller’s War... Read more >
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