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Book reviews are an important part of CMH's professional quarterly bulletin, Army History. Accordingly, we invite you to self-nominate to submit a review of a book from among those listed here. These offerings are updated over time, so you may wish to return occasionally to the book list.

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  • American Arsenal: A Century of Waging War.
    Patrick Coffey. Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion.
    Jasen J. Castillo. Stanford Security Studies, 2014.
  • General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb.
    Frank A. Settle Jr. Praeger, 2016.
  • A History of Fort Campbell.
    John O'Brien. The History Press, 2014.
  • The Pity of War: England and Germany, Bitter Friends, Beloved Foes.
    Miranda Seymour. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
  • Selling War: A Critical Look at the Military's PR Machine.
    Steven J. Alvarez. Potomac Books, 2016.
  • Shooting Up: A Short History of Drugs and War.
    Lukasz Kamienski. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare.
    Mark R. McNeilly. Oxford University Press, 2015.

Pre-World War One

  • The 6th United States Cavalry in the Civil War: A History and Roster.
    Donald C. Caughey and Jimmy J. Jones. McFarland, 2013.
  • American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890.
    Jerome A. Greene. University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.
  • The Army Surveys of Gold Rush California: Reports of the Topographical Engineers, 1849-1851.
    Gary Clayton Anderson, Laura Lee Anderson, ed. University of Oklahoma Press, 2015.
  • Border Wars: The Civil War in Tennessee and Kentucky.
    Kent T. Dollar, Larry H. Whiteaker, and W. Calvin Dickinson, eds. Kent State University Press, 2015.
  • Civil War General and Indian Fighter James M. Williams: Leader of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry and the 8th U.S. Cavalry.
    Robert W. Lull. University of North Texas Press, 2013.
  • A Civil War History of the New Mexico Volunteers & Militia.
    Jerry D. Thompson. University of New Mexico Press, 2015.
  • The Civil War Years in Utah: The Kingdom of God and the Territory That Did Not Fight.
    John Gary Maxwell. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • A Civilian in Lawton's 1899 Philippine Campaign: The Letters of Robert D. Carter.
    Michael E. Shay, ed. University of Missouri Press, 2013.
  • Conspicuous Gallantry: The Civil War and Reconstruction Letters of James W. King, 11th Michigan Volunteer Infantry.
    Eric R. Faust, ed. Kent State University Press, 2015.
  • The Dust Rose Like Smoke: The Subjugation of the Zulu and the Sioux (Second Edition).
    James O. Gump. University of Nebraska Press, 2016.
  • The Early Morning of War: Bull Run, 1861.
    Edward G. Longacre. University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.
  • Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist.
    Richard A. Ruddy. University of New Mexico Press, 2013.
  • European Armies of the French Revolution, 1789-1802.
    Frederick C. Schneid, ed.. University of Oklahoma Press, 2015.
  • For Brotherhood & Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862.
    Brian R. McEnany. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.
  • Fort Bascom: Soldiers, Comancheros, and Indians in the Canadian River Valley.
    James Bailey Blackshear. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Johnson's Island: A Prison for Confederate Officers.
    Roger Pickenpaugh. Kent State University Press, 2016.
  • Kentucky Confederates: Secession, Civil War, and the Jackson Purchase.
    Berry Craig. University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
  • Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864.
    Bruce M. Venter. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: Other Sides of Civil War Texas.
    Jesús F. de la Teja. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • The Man Who Captured Washington: Major General Robert Ross and the War of 1812.
    John McCavitt and Christopher T. George. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Mascoutah Illinois in the Civil War.
    Thomas S. Snyder. Mascoutah Historical Society, 2013.
  • "My Greatest Quarrel with Fortune": Major General Lew Wallace in the West, 1861-1862.
    Charles G. Beemer. Kent State University Press, 2015.
  • A Quiet Corner of the War: The Civil War Letters of Gilbert and Esther Clafin, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, 1862-1863.
    Judy Cook, ed. University of Wisconsin Press, 2013.
  • Race and Recruitment (Civil War History Readers).
    John David Smith, ed. Kent State University Press, 2013.
  • The Richardson Light Guard of Wakefield, Massachusetts: A Town Militia in War and Peace, 1851-1975.
    Barry M. Stentiford. McFarland, 2013.
  • Riding for the Lone Star: Frontier Cavalry and the Texas Way of War, 1822-1865.
    Nathan A Jennings. University of North Texas Press, 2016.
  • The River Ran Backwards: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border.
    Christopher Phillips. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • The River Was Dyed With Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest & Fort Pillow.
    Brian Steel Wills. University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.
  • In the Shadows of Victory: America's Forgotten Military Leaders, 1776–1876.
    Thomas D. Phillips. Casemate, 2016.
  • Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution.
    Patrick K. O'Donnell. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016.
  • Yankee Dutchmen under Fire: Civil War Letters from the 82nd Illinois Infantry.
    Joseph R. Reinhart, trans. and ed. Kent State University Press, 2013.

1914 to 1945

  • 1941: Fighting the Shadow War, A Divided America in a World at War.
    Marc Wortman. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016.
  • American Airpower Strategy in World War II: Bombs, Cities, Civilians, and Oil.
    Conrad C. Crane. University Press of Kansas, 2016.
  • Angels of the Underground: The American Women who Resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II.
    Theresa Kaminski. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Back from Tobruk.
    Croswell Bowen, Betsy Connor Bowen, ed. Potomac Books, 2013.
  • Barbarossa 1941: Reframing Hitler's Invasion of Stalin's Soviet Empire.
    Frank Ellis. University Press of Kansas, 2015.
  • Beachhead Normandy: An LCT's Odyssey.
    Tom Carter. Potomac Books, 2014.
  • Big Guns, Brave Men: Mobile Artillery Observers and the Battle for Okinawa.
    Rodney Earl Walton. Naval Institute Press, 2013.
  • Black Tommies: British Soldiers of African Descent in the First World War.
    Ray Costello. Liverpool University Press, 2015.
  • Bloody Roads to Germany: At Huertgen Forest and the Bulge - an American Soldier's Courageous Story of World War II.
    William F. Meller. Berkley Caliber, 2012.
  • The Bosnian Muslims in the Second World War: A History.
    Marko Attila Hoare. Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Bracketing the Enemy: Forward Observers in World War II.
    John R. Walker. University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.
  • British Infantry Battalion Commanders in the First World War.
    Peter E. Hodgkinson. Ashgate Publishing, 2015.
  • They Called Them Soldier Boys: The Texas Infantry Regiment in World War I.
    Gregory W. Ball. University of North Texas Press, 2013.
  • The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War.
    Terri Blom Crocker. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.
  • Commitment and Sacrifice: Personal Diaries from the Great War.
    Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee and Frans Coetzee. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • D-Day in History and Memory: The Normandy Landings in International Remembrance and Commemoration.
    Michael Dolski, Sam Edwards, and John Buckley, eds. University of North Texas Press, 2013.
  • Eisenhower's Guerillas: The Jedburghs, the Maquis, and the Liberation of France.
    Benjamin F. Jones. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Eisenhower's Thorn on the Rhine: The Battles for the Colmar Pocket, 1944-45.
    Nathan N. Prefer. Casemate, 2015.
  • Exposing the Third Reich: Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler's Germany.
    Henry G. Gole. University Press of Kentucky, 2013.
  • The Fightin' Texas Aggie Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor.
    John A. Adams Jr. Texas A&M University Press, 2016.
  • Gardens of Hell: Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign.
    Patrick Gariepy. Potomac Books, 2014.
  • German Propaganda and U.S. Neutrality in World War I.
    Chad R. Fulwider. University of Missouri Press, 2016.
  • The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945.
    Rick Atkinson. Picador, 2013.
  • Historical Dictionary of World War II: The War Against Germany and Italy.
    Anne Sharp Wells. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
  • Hitler's Generals in America: Nazi POWs and Allied Military Intelligence.
    Derek R. Mallett. University Press of Kentucky, 2013.
  • Kleinkrieg: The German Experience with Guerrilla Warfare, from Clausewitz to Hitler.
    Charles D. Melson. Casemate, 2016.
  • The Last Roll Call: The 29th Infantry Division Victorious, 1945.
    Joseph Balkoski. Stackpole Books, 2015.
  • Last Stand on Bataan: The Defense of the Philippines, December 1941-May 1942.
    Christopher L. Kolakowski. McFarland & Company, 2016.
  • The Mediterranean Air War: Airpower and Allied Victory in World War II.
    Robert S. Ehlers Jr. University Press of Kansas, 2015.
  • Nurse Writers of the Great War.
    Christine E. Hallett. Manchester University Press, 2016.
  • The Red Army and the Great Terror: Stalin's Purge of the Soviet Military.
    Peter Whitewood. University Press of Kansas, 2015.
  • Rediscovering Irregular Warfare:Colin Gubbins and the Origins of Britain's Special Operations Executive.
    A. R. B. Linderman. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Sky Pilots: The Yankee Division Chaplains in World War I.
    Michael E. Shay. University of Missouri Press, 2014.
  • Small Town America in World War II: War Stories from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania.
    Ronald E. Marcello. University of North Texas Press, 2014.
  • Snow & Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45.
    Peter Caddick-Adams. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • The Spearheaders: A Personal History of Darby's Rangers.
    James Altieri. Naval Institute Press, 2014.
  • The Stalingrad Cauldron: Inside the Encirclement and Destruction of the 6th Army.
    Frank Ellis. Press of Kansas, 2013.
  • Stopping the Panzers: The Untold Story of D-Day.
    Marc Milner. University Press of Kansas, 2014.
  • Tattooed on My Soul: Texas Veterans Remember World War II.
    Stephen M. Sloan, Lois E. Myers, and Michelle Holland, eds. Texas A&M University Press, 2015.
  • United States Infantry Weapons of the Second World War: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives.
    Michael Green. Casemate, 2016.
  • Unwanted Warriors: The Rejected Volunteers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
    Nic Clarke. University of British Columbia Press, 2016.
  • Voices from the Front: An Oral History of the Great War.
    Peter Hart. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • War's Nomad: A Mobile Radar Unit in Pursuit of Rommel During the Western Desert Campaign, 1942-3.
    Frederick Grice, Gillian and Colin Clarke, eds. Casemate Publishers, 2015.
  • WASP of the Ferry Command: Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds. Sarah Byrn Rickman.
    University of North Texas Press, 2016.

1946 to the Present

  • The Army of Afghanistan: A Political History of a Fragile Institution.
    Antonio Giustozzi. Hurst & Company, 2015.
  • Black Cat 2-1: The True Story of a Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and His Crew.
    Bob Ford. Brown Books Publishing, 2015.
  • Bringing God to Men: American Military Chaplains and the Vietnam War.
    Jacqueline E. Whitt. University of North Carolina Press, 2014.
  • The Cambodian Wars: Clashing Armies and CIA Covert Operations.
    Kenneth Conboy. Press of Kansas, 2013.
  • A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Take of Courage and Survival During the Korean War.
    Stanley Weintraub. Da Capo Press, 2014.
  • Cold War on the Airwaves: The Radio Propaganda War Against East Germany.
    Nicholas J. Schlosser. University of Illinois Press, 2015.
  • Death on Base: The Fort Hood Massacre.
    John and Anita Belles Porterfield. University of North Texas Press, 2015.
  • The Greene Papers: General Wallace M. Greene Jr. and the Escalation of the Vietnam War, January 1964–March 1965.
    Nicholas J. Schlosser, ed. Marine Corps University Press, 2015.
  • Inside Israel's Northern Command: The Yom Kippur War on the Syrian Border.
    Dani Asher, ed. University Press of Kentucky, 2016.
  • Nixon's Nuclear Specter: The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War.
    William Burr and Jeffrey P. Kimball. University Press of Kansas, 2015.
  • Outside the Wire: Riding with the "Triple Deuce" in Vietnam, 1970.
    Jim Ross. Stackpole Books, 2013.
  • The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, Volume 7: "The Man of the Age," October 1, 1949–October 16, 1959.
    Mark A. Stoler and Daniel D. Holt, eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
  • Reconstructing a Shattered Egyptian Army: War Minister Gen. Mohamed Fawzi's Memoirs, 1967-1971.
    Youssef H. Aboul-Enein, ed. Naval Institute Press, 2014.
  • Social Science Goes to War: The Human Terrain System in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Montgomery McFate and Janice H. Laurence, eds. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars.
    Chris Woods. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam.
    William Reeder Jr. Naval Institute Press, 2016.
  • The Typhoon Truce, 1970: Three Days in Vietnam when Nature Intervened in the War.
    Robert F. Curtis. Casemate, 2015.
  • US Army Rangers, 1989-2015: Panama to Afghanistan.
    Leigh Neville. Osprey Publishing, 2016.
  • They Were Heroes: A Sergeant Major's Tribute to the Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan.
    David K. Devaney. Naval Institute Press, 2015.
  • A War of Logistics: Parachutes and Porters in Indochina, 1945-1954.
    Charles R. Shrader. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.
  • We Fight for Peace: Twenty-Three American Soldiers, Prisoners of War, and “Turncoats” in the Korean War.
    Brian D. McKnight. Kent State University Press, 2014.

About The CMH Book Review List

Book reviews are an important part of CMH's professional quarterly bulletin, Army History. Accordingly, we invite you to self-nominate to submit a review of a book from among those listed here. (The offerings will be updated over time, so you may wish to return occasionally to the book list.)

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