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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare
Geoffrey Parker (Editor)
0521794315
January 1995
Textbook Paperback
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From Library Journal
Highly polished and well illustrated, this book is a comprehensive history of the Western (European) way of war, spanning ancient Greece to today's modern methods and policies of destruction. Parker and six prominent American and British scholars contribute 17 chapters to this detailed study of war. Parker's effort explores the history of Western war through strategy and policy; tactics and logistics; finances and culture; weapons and fortifications; air, land and naval battle; and conventional and civil war. The text is superbly supported by numerous and handy sidebars providing details, insights, and anecdotes. Supplementing the text are a reference guide containing a rather subjective chronology of warfare, a pedestrian and slightly inaccurate glossary, and a marvelously described annotated bibliography....


Heck's Pictorial Archive of Military Science, Geography, and History
J. G. Heck
0486282902
Nov 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
Thousands of illustrations from 19th-century archive: weapons, fortifications, fighting vessels, Egyptian costumes, mummies, Roman coins, medieval armor, much more.


Cobra II : The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
Michael R. Gordon, Bernard E. Trainor
0375422625
March 14, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
On one level, narrator Wasson's mostly neutral delivery is apt. The authors' dispassionate prose imparts their impeccably researched story of the 2003 Iraq invasion—from concept to insurgency. Sourced at the highest levels, Cobra II captures the fog of war and war planning. But Wasson's read too often feels routine, as if recounting a local board meeting. Because he renders the numerous players and backdrops with equal tones, differentiating between them can be a challenge. This style of narration creates an anti-tension when juxtaposed with the book's revelations that an invasion plan was being formed not long after September 11, despite administration denials. Strictly supervising the plan was defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who was intent on transforming the military into a lighter, leaner force....


The Shadows of Total War
Roger Chickering
0521812364
Feb 2003
Hardcover
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Review
'The contributors to this volume cover a wide range of areas ... a fascinating examination of the whole concept of 'total war'. History

Review
"[An] illuminating essay collection..." German Studies Review

"The Shadows of Total War: Europe, East Asia, and the United States, 1919-1939 makes a significant contribution to historical scholarship and will prove useful to academic readers as well as educated lay readers interested in the subject of total war and the question of whether its time has finally passed." History

"...a very good book, full of new ideas and unusual knowledge, as well as admirable summaries of current historiography..." Military History

"...this volume is a useful and carefully-produced contribution to the contemporary literature on the aftermath of...



Roman Warfare (Smithsonian History of Warfare Series)
Adrian Goldsworthy
0060838523
August 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The Romans built, and maintained, perhaps the greatest empire of all time--forged with an unequaled skill in warfare and a willingness to commit savagery in the name of victory. Accompany these unparalleled troops from the conquest of Italy on to world conquest. Watch as defeated armies became allies who join later battles, and consider the irony of extreme brutality bringing peace and prosperity to much of the empire. All the techniques and the organization of this amazingly advanced fighting force come into focus--the drills, superior technology, uniform and command structure, and the complex bureaucracy that ran it all.


The Assassins' Gate : America in Iraq
George Packer
0374299633
October 15, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
[Signature]Reviewed by Christopher HitchensIt is extremely uncommon for any reporter to read another's work and to find that he altogether recognizes the scene being described. Reading George Packer's book, I found not only that I was remembering things I had forgotten, but also that I was finding things that I ought to have noticed myself. His book rests on three main pillars: analysis of the intellectual origins of the Iraq war, summary of the political argument that preceded and then led to it, and firsthand description of the consequences on the ground. In each capacity, Packer shows himself once more to be the best chronicler, apart perhaps from John Burns of the New York Times, that the conflict has produced. (I say "once more" because some of this material has already appeared in the New Yorker.)A very strong opening...


Warfare In Europe 1650-1792
Jeremy Black
0754624641
June 2005
Hardcover
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Inside Delta Force : The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit
Eric Haney
0440237335
July 29, 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Haney, a founding member of Delta Force who retired a command sergeant major, was a career army man, having served in the elite Rangers; his memoir covers his experiences during the formation and early operations of 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta. In the fall of 1978, Haney was recruited and ordered to report to a secret corner of expansive Fort Bragg, N.C., where he underwent a rigorous selection process familiar from similar memoirs. In the second section of three, Haney describes advanced work with explosives and weapons, studying airplanes to plan hostage rescues, and the "final exam," in which the class was sent to the nation's capital, given precise assignments and had to evade the FBI. (The result a red-faced FBI.) Haney then relates his assignments: he served three times in Beirut...


This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History
T.R. R. Fehrenbach
1574882597
November 2000
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
"The author has chosen to alternate the broad view of events on the Korean and international scene with narratives of the contemporaneous experiences of individual soldiers at the front and in rear echelons," said LJ's reviewer (LJ 1/15/63). Fehrenbach's assessment is frank and often unflattering to America's abilities and the motivation of the common soldier.Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

The Washington Post
"A comprehensive and impressively written history of the Korean War."

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Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife : Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam
General Peter J. Schoomaker (Foreword), John A. Nagl
0226567702
September 15, 2005
Paperback
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Review
Michael Schrage Washington Post :  "[A] highly regarded counterinsurgency manual."-Michael Schrage, Washington Post
Tom Baldwin Times (UK) : "The success of DPhil papers by Oxford students is usually gauged by the amount of dust they gather on library shelves. But there is one that is so influential that General George Casey, the US commander in Iraq, is said to carry it with him everywhere. Most of his staff have been ordered to read it and he pressed a copy into the hands of Donald Rumsfeld when he visited Baghdad in December. Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife (a title taken from T.E. Lawrence - himself no slouch in guerrilla warfare) is a study of how the British Army succeeded in snuffing out the Malayan insurgency between 1948 and 1960 - and why the Americans failed in Vietnam. . . . It is...


Warfare in Europe 1815¿1914
Peter H. Wilson
0754624781
May 2006
Hardcover
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The Marines
Edwin Howard Simmons (Editor)
0760762201
September 2004
Hardcover
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Bury Us Upside Down: The Misty Pilots and the Secret Battle for the Ho CHI Minh Trail
Rick Newman
0345465377
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This thoroughly readable, absorbing history chronicles the air operations known as Misty (officially called Commando Sabre) along the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam War. Flying mostly F-100s, the air force pilots acted as FACs (forward air controllers) for strike aircraft, directing them to North Vietnamese supply convoys and other targets along the conduit. Newman, a journalist, and Shepperd, a retired two-star air force general and current CNN commentator, launch their account with the story of Howard K. Williams, a pilot shot down on a Misty mission in 1968 and declared deceased in 1978 (his remains were recovered in 1991). They also bring to life a wide cast of Misty characters, including Williams's long-suffering widow, Monalee, daredevil Jim Fiorelli, hyperconfident pilot Dick Rutan and several airmen...


Military Innovation in the Interwar Period
Williamson R. Murray (Editor), Allan R. Millett (Editor)
0521637600
August 13, 1998
Paperback
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Review
' ... a scholarly and informative study and a timely reminder of some of the challenges that confront military organizations on the eve of the twenty-first century.' The English Historical Review

Review
"Alan Beyerchen's essay on German, British, and American work on radar is alone worth the price of the book and is a splendid demonstration of how a cultural and scientific historian can make a major contribution to military history. The description of how culture, organization, and strategic predicament shape a military's reception of a new technology is simply brilliant." Foreign Affairs

"Alan Beyerchen's essay on German, British, and American work on radar is alone worth the price of the book and is a splendid demonstration of how a cultural and scientific historian can make...



Medieval Warfare 1000-1300
John France
075462515X
June 2006
Hardcover
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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, New Edition
Jared Diamond
0393061310
July 11, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
Most of this work deals with non-Europeans, but Diamond's thesis sheds...


Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper
Jack Coughlin
0312336853
May 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"The 3rd Battalion has a veteran sniper, Staff Sergeant Jack Coughlin, for whom the war in Iraq was only the latest of many wars; he fought in Mogadishu, too. On the first day of battle at the Diyala Bridge, he had eleven kills. He is one of the best snipers in the Marine Corps, perhaps the very best. When I asked one of his commanders about his skills, the commander smiled and said, 'I'm just glad he's on our side.' "
---Peter Maas, war correspondent and bestselling author of Love Thy Neighbor


National Military Establishments and the Advancement of Science and Technology
Paul Forman
0792335414
Mar 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
Historical studies of the role of military agencies and considerations of military power in the promotion of science and technology have burgeoned since the early 1980s. Initially, such studies focused chiefly on the enormous expansion of physical research in the United States in the two decades following the Second World War. More recently it has become clear - and this collection of essays contributes importantly to that recognition - that a decisive influence of military factors upon the development of science and technology is by no means limited to the United States or to that one period. The great strength of this collection - apart from the quality and originality of the contributions - is the range of the national military and scientific cultures considered: Argentina, Britain, France, USA, and,...


Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods
H. John Poole, Ray L. Smith (Foreword)
0963869574
November 2004
Paperback
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Gen. Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Ret.), November 2004
"John Poole has ... captured the nature of the new threat and ... produced a required read for our troopers’ packs."

North County Times (Southern California), 28 November 2004
"[This book] ... is a comprehensive interpretation of Muslim extremists’ tactics, theory, and thinking."

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Science, Technology, and Warfare
Monte D. Wright
0898752116
Jan 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
This book, originally published in 1969, discusses the development of the complex relationships between science and technology and warfare from the Renaissance to the 1960s. The nature of warfare has always been largely determined by contemporary technology. Instances of technological change undertaken for the sake of military advantage have also been relatively common in history. The relationships between science and warfare however have been much more variable and ambiguous. “Science, Technology, and Warfare” requires a fourth term to be complete – Management – because the primary military innovator never has been the scientist, technologist, or soldier, but rather the administrative “organizer of victory.”


Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground
Robert D. Kaplan
1400061326
September 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
It is the dawn of the 21st century, and the United States has appropriated the entire Earth. So journalist Robert Kaplan writes in his paean to the American fighting man and woman, Imperial Grunts. The U.S. has quietly--with little public debate--forged an empire that is "ready to flood the most obscure areas of it with troops at a moment's notice," writes Kaplan, a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly magazine who has written 10 earlier books on foreign affairs and travel, including the acclaimed Balkan Ghosts. Imperial Grunts is Kaplan's account of his travels to the frontiers of the U.S. imperium. From the dustbowl of northern Yemen to the coca fields of Colombia and the insurgent hotbed of Fallujah, Kaplan takes readers to the war-torn edges of the U.S. empire and visits with front-line grunts who guard it and...


Women Who Make the World Worse : and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports
Kate O'Beirne
1595230092
December 29, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The satirical cartoon cover of O'Beirne's book-not to mention the title-is an accurate reflection of the content within: O'Beirne, Washington editor of National Review magazine and a former vice president of the Heritage Foundation, has jumped on the bandwagon of highly politicized books (from both ends of the spectrum) leveling an all-out attack on the American feminist movement. O'Beirne tackles a wide range of issues, from childcare to sports to women in the military, claiming: "Only the French looked to a teenage girl to lead them into battle." She has a tendency to link strong arguments (children born into single-family homes are more likely to live in poverty) with her nebulous central thesis-feminists are responsible for the world's ills-without providing sufficient evidence to reinforce these claims. But...


Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity
Jon E. Lendon
0300106637
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A classical scholar displays formidable scholarship and dense prose in this history of combat in the classical world from the Illiad to the fall of Rome. Because of the comparatively static technology-there was less change in weaponry, Lendon argues, during the whole period than between 1910 and 1940-the individual heroism depicted in the Illiad casts a very long shadow. When the Greeks invented the phalanx, the competition shifted its basis: now individuals competed to see who held his place in the formation best, and whole phalanxes competed to see which one presented the most solid wall of spear points. In other highlights along this difficult journey, we find the Romans also had a tradition, whether Homeric in origin or not, of the individual commander engaging his opposite and stripping him of his armor as a...


National Military Establishments and the Advancement of Science and Technology
Paul Forman
1402002505
Nov 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Historical studies of the role of military agencies and considerations of military power in the promotion of science and technology have burgeoned since the early 1980s. Initially, such studies focused chiefly on the enormous expansion of physical research in the United States in the two decades following the Second World War. More recently it has become clear - and this collection of essays contributes importantly to that recognition - that a decisive influence of military factors upon the development of science and technology is by no means limited to the United States or to that one period. The great strength of this collection - apart from the quality and originality of the contributions - is the range of the national military and scientific cultures considered: Argentina, Britain, France, USA, and,...


Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross
Geoffrey Brooks
1844153177
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Josef "Sepp" Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honoured with the award of the Knight's Cross.An Austrian conscript, after qualifying as a machine gunner he was drafted to the southern sector of the Russian Front in July 1942. Wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented with a Russian sniper-rifle while convalescing and so impressed his superiors with his proficiency that he was returned to the front on his regiment's only sniper specialist.In this sometimes harrowing memoir, Allerberger provides an excellent introduction to the commitment in fieldcraft, discipline and routine required of the sniper, a man apart. There was no place for chivalry on the Russian Front. Away from the film cameras, no prisoner survived long after surrendering. ...


Weapons and Warfare
John Powell
1587650002
Aug 2001
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Weapons and Warfare strives to achieve an overview of all weapons and their use in warfare from ancient to modern times. Volume 1 covers the period of ancient times to 1500, and volume 2 continues coverage of weapons and strategies up through modern times. Each of the volumes is arranged with the same scheme. Discussions of major weapon groups are followed by sections that survey historical periods and are further divided by geographic region. The total number of topics covered in the two volumes exceeds 100, ranging from 2,000 to 7,000 words. All weapons-oriented essays are organized into sections that discuss the development and use of each type of weapon. The sections treating regions of the world survey such topics as military organization, strategy, and tactics. The concluding section, "Warfare in the Global Age,"...


Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
Sherry Sontag
006103004X
December 1999
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Little is known--and less has been published--about American submarine espionage during the Cold War. These submerged sentinels silently monitored the Soviet Union's harbors, shadowed its subs, watched its missile tests, eavesdropped on its conversations, and even retrieved top-secret debris from the bottom of the sea. In an engaging mix of first-rate journalism and historical narrative, Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, and Annette Lawrence Drew describe what went on.

"Most of the stories in Blind Man's Bluff have never been told publicly," they write, "and none have ever been told in this level of detail." Among their revelations is the most complete accounting to date of the 1968 disappearance of the U.S.S. Scorpion; the story of how the Navy located a live hydrogen bomb lost by the Air Force; and a plot by the CIA and...



Waging War Without Warriors
Christopher Coker
1588261301
Sept 2002
Paperback
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The Art of War
Sun Tzu
0877735379
May 1991
Paperback
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Book Review
The Art of War is the Swiss army knife of military theory--pop out a different tool for any situation. Folded into this small package are compact views on resourcefulness, momentum, cunning, the profit motive, flexibility, integrity, secrecy, speed, positioning, surprise, deception, manipulation, responsibility, and practicality. Thomas Cleary's translation keeps the package tight, with crisp language and short sections. Commentaries from the Chinese tradition trail Sun-tzu's words, elaborating and picking up on puzzling lines. Take the solitary passage: "Do not eat food for their soldiers." Elsewhere, Sun-tzu has told us to plunder the enemy's stores, but now we're not supposed to eat the food? The Tang dynasty commentator Du Mu solves the puzzle nicely, "If the enemy suddenly abandons their food supplies, they should...

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