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War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
by Chris Hedges

a powerful and unsettling discussion of war - "The communal march against an enemy generates a warm, unfamiliar bond with our neighbors, our community, our nation, wiping out unsettling undercurrents of alienation and dislocation" - Chris Hedges

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What If? The World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been

by Robert Cowley (Editor), Stephen E. Ambrose (Editor), David McCullough

Some of the most well-known military historians from America and Britain speculate on what might have happened if theactors of history had done it a little differently. For example, "How Hitler Could Have Won the War." An enjoyable read.


Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think
by Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson examines three great military encounters: Okinawa, Shiloh, and Delium, an obscure battle of the Peloponnesian War. Hanson describes these battles with great military detail and connects past wars with current policy.


coverThe Art of War by SunTzu, translated by Thomas Cleary

A classic treatise on warfare, still taught at military schools.


coverGuerilla Warfare by Che Guevara 1969  

Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara details his style of hit-and-run tactics that were paramount to the overthrow of Cuba's government and the establishment of the Castro regime. His essays on guerilla warfare have been very influential.

World War II

D Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II
by Stephen Ambrose

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Ambrose drew from more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans to create the most complete narrative history of this critical day in World War II.

coverFlags of Our Fathers
by James Bradley and Ron Powers

John Bradley, who died in 1994, received the Navy Cross for his heroism at Iwo Jima. Bradley's son James tells the story of his father and of other acts of sacrifice made by the young men who fought there. Flags of Our Fathers recounts the sometimes tragic life stories of the six men who raised the flag that February day.

An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinsoncover

Pulizer Prize winning military history of the North Africa campaigns. 2003 Pulitzer Awards


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Ambrose narrates in vivid detail the adventures, misadventures, triumphs and tragedies of a single U.S. Army infantry company in World War II. From its formation in July 1944 and deactivation in November 1945, E Company was there at some of the most interesting junctures in the war.

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The American Civil War

Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam
by James M. McPherson


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The Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest single day in American history, with more than 6,000 soldiers killed - four times the number lost on D-Day, and twice the fatalities of the September 11th terrorist attacks. In Crossroads of Freedom, America's most eminent Civil War historian, James M. McPherson, paints an account of this pivotal battle, the events that led up to it, and its aftermath.

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Napoleonic Wars

 The Campaigns of Napoleon - reissue
by David C. Chandler

an exhaustive analysis and critique of Napoleon's art of war as he himself developed and perfected it in his campaigns - for military history fans

A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars
by Ernest J. Esposito 1999

coverA detailed and comprehensive overview of the battles and campaigns of Napoleon between 1796 and 1815 - includes 169 color maps

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
cover by Hampton Sides

In 1945, 121 hand-selected trooops from the elite U.S. Army 6th Ranger Battalion slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. to rescue 513 American and British POWs, including the survivors of the Bataan Death March, who had spent three years in a camp. A suspenseful, inspiring tale.

coverThe Second World War by John Keegan

a detailed specific book on World War II history by the well known military historian