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  • America's Digital Army: Games at Work and War.
    Robertson Allen. University of Nebraska Press, 2017.
  • Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness.
    Kenneth M. Pollack. Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • Battle Studies.
    Ardant du Picq; Roger Spiller, trans. University Press of Kansas, 2017.
  • Beyond Duty: The Reasons Some Soldiers Commit Atrocities.
    Walter S. Zapotoczny Jr. Casemate Publishers, 2017.
  • Camp Pendleton: The Historic Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores and the U.S. Marine Corps in Southern California, A Shared History.
    Breanne Robertson. Marine Corps History Division, 2017.
  • Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians.
    Gary W. Gallagher, and J. Matthew Gallman, eds. Photographs by Will Gallagher. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Danger 79er: The Life and Times of Lieutenant General James F. Hollingsworth.
    James H. Willbanks. Texas A&M University Press, 2018.
  • Docu-Fictions of War: U.S. Interventionism in Film and Literature.
    Tatiana Prorokova. University of Nebraska Press, 2019.
  • Frustrated Ambition: General Vicente Lim and the Philippine Military Experience, 1910–1944.
    Richard B. Meixsel. University of Oklahoma Press, 2018.
  • Harnessing the Airplane: American and British Cavalry Responses to a New Technology, 1903-1939.
    Lori A. Henning. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.
  • Hunter Liggett: A Soldier's General.
    Michael E. Shay. Texas A&M University Press, 2019.
  • Land Warfare Since 1860: A Global History of Boots on the Ground.
    Jeremy Black. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018
  • Lessons in Leadership.
    Gen. John R. Deane Jr. University Press of Kentucky, 2018.
  • Long Journeys Home: American Veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
    Michael D. Gambone. Texas A&M University Press, 2017
  • Military Realism: The Logic and Limits of Force and Innovation in the US Army.
    Peter Campbell. University of Missouri Press, 2019
  • Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity.
    Louis A. Del Monte. Potomac Books, 2017.
  • A New Conception of War: John Boyd, the U.S. Marines, and Maneuver Warfare.
    Ian T. Brown. Marine Corps University Press, 2018.
  • New Jersey: A Military History.
    Joseph G. Bilby. Westholme Publishing, 2017.
  • On Tactics: A Theory of Victory in Battle.
    B. A. Friedman. Naval Institute Press, 2017.
  • Only the Dead: The Persistence of War in the Modern Age.
    Bear F. Braumoeller. Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • Ranger: A Soldier's Life.
    Ralph Puckett with D. K. R. Crosswell. University Press of Kentucky, 2017.
  • The Rise and Fall of an Officer Corps: The Republic of China Military, 1942-1955.
    Eric Setzekorn. University of Oklahoma Press, 2018.
  • The Second Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Admiral William D. Leahy, Roosevelt's Chief of Staff.
    Phillips Payson O'Brien. Dutton, 2019.
  • This We'll Defend: A Noncombat Veteran on War and Its Aftermath.
    Paul Crenshaw. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Shattered Minds: How the Pentagon Fails Our Troops with Faulty Helmets.
    Robert H. Bauman and Dina Rasor. Potomac Books, 2019.
  • Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico, 1868-1952.
    Harry Rivera-Franqui. University of Nebraska Press, 2018.
  • Veterans Cemeteries of Texas.
    Michael Lee Lanning. Texas A&M University Press, 2018.
  • War by the Numbers: Understanding Conventional Combat.
    Christopher A. Lawrence. Potomac Books, 2017.
  • Why We Fight.
    Mike Martin. Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • Winning Westeros: How Game of Thrones Explains Modern Military Conflict.
    Max Brooks, John Amble, ML Cavanaugh, and Jaym Gates, eds. Potomac Books, 2019.

Pre-World War One

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  • An Aid to Custer: The Civil War Letters of Lt. Edward G. Granger.
    Sandy Barnard, ed.; Thomas E. Singelyn, comp. University of Oklahoma Press, 2018.
  • Bluecoat and Pioneer: The Recollections of John Benton Hart, 1864-1868.
    John Hart, ed. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.
  • Bouquet's Expedition Against the Ohio Indians in 1764.
    William Smith; Martin West, ed. Kent State University Press, 2017.
  • Chasing Mosby, Killing Booth: The 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry.
    James Carson. McFarland & Company, 2017.
  • Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands, 1861–1867.
    Andrew E. Masich. University of Oklahoma Press, 2017.
  • The Civil War on the Rio Grande, 1846-1876.
    RoseannBacha-Garza, Christopher L. Miller & Russell K. Skowronek, eds.Texas A&M University Press, 2019.
  • Contest for Liberty: Military Leadership in the Continental Army, 1775-1783.
    Seanegan P. Scully. Westholme Publishing, 2019.
  • Depredation and Deceit: The Making of the Jicarilla and Ute Wars in New Mexico.
    Gregory F. Michno. University of Oklahoma Press, 2017.
  • The Diaries of Reuben Smith, Kansas Settler and Civil War Soldier.
    Lana Wirt Myers, ed. University Press of Kansas, 2018.
  • From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction.
    Forrest A. Nabors. University of Missouri Press, 2017.
  • General Hylan B. Lyon: A Kentucky Confederate and the War in the West.
    Dan Lee. University of Tennessee Press, 2019.
  • George W. Goethals and the Army: Change and Continuity in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
    Rory McGovern. University Press of Kansas, 2019.
  • Great Battles: Rorke's Drift & Isandlwana.
    Ian F. W. Beckett. Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • In Command: Theodore Roosevelt and the American Military.
    Matthew Oyos. University of Nebraska Press, 2018.
  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition Day by Day.
    Gary E. Moulton. University of Nebraska Press, 2018.
  • Looming Civil War: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Imagined the Future.
    Jason Phillips. Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America's Gilded Age.
    Robert Aquinas McNally. Bison Books, 2017.
  • Phantoms of the South Fork: Captain McNeil and His Rangers.
    Steve French. Kent State University Press, 2017.
  • The Polar Bear Expedition: The Heroes of America's Forgotten Invasion of Russia, 1918-1919.
    James Carl Nelson. William Morrow, 2019.
  • Southern Gambit: Cornwallis and the British March to Yorktown.
    Stanley D. M. Carpenter. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.
  • Politician in Uniform: General Lew Wallace and the Civil War.
    Christopher R. Mortenson. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.
  • Raising the Flag: America's First Envoys in Faraway Lands.
    Peter D. Eicher. Potomac Books, 2018.
  • Recollections of a Civil War Medical Cadet.
    Burt Green Wilder, Richard M. Reid, ed. Kent State University Press, 2017.
  • Rethinking America: From Empire to Republic.
    John M. Murrin. Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Rosebud, June 17, 1876: Prelude to the Little Big Horn.
    Paul L. Hedren. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.
  • The Seventh West Virginia Infantry: An Embattled Union Regiment from the Civil War's Most Divided State.
    David W. Mellottand Mark A. Snell. University Press of Kansas, 2019.
  • Standing in Their Own Light: African American Patriots in the American Revolution.
    Judith L. Van Buskirk. University of Oklahoma Press, 2017.
  • Utah and the American Civil War: The Written Record.
    Kenneth L. Alford. The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2017.
  • Valley Forge.
    Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. Simon and Schuster, 2018.
  • The War against the Vets: The World War I Bonus Army during the Great Depression.
    Jerome Tuccille. Potomac Books, 2018.
  • The War Criminal's Son: The Civil War Saga of William A. Winder.
    Jane Singer. Potomac Books, 2019.
  • White Hat: The Military Career of Captain William Philo Clark.
    Mark J. Nelson. University of North Carolina Press, 2018.
  • Women of Empire: Nineteenth-Century Army Officers' Wives in India and the U.S. West.
    Verity McInnis. University of Oklahoma Press, 2017.

1914 to 1945

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  • The 110th Holds in the Ardennes: The Blunting of Hitler’s Last Gamble and the Invasion of the Reich.
    Walter S. Zapotoczny Jr. Casemate Publishers, 2017.
  • Advocating Overlord: The D-Day Strategy and the Atomic Bomb.
    Philip Padgett. Potomac Books, 2018.
  • Army of Empire: The Untold Story of the Indian Army in World War I.
    George Morton-Jack. Basic Books, 2018.
  • The Battle of Iwo Jima: Raising the Flag, February-March 1945 (Images of War).
    Mark Khan. Frontline Books, 2018.
  • Behind the Lawrence Legend: The Forgotten Few Who Shaped the Arab Revolt.
    Philip Walker. Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Bold Venture: The American Bombing of Japanese-Occupied Hong Kong, 1942–1945.
    Steven K. Bailey. Potomac Books, 2019.
  • Buttoned Up: American Armor and the 781st Tank Battalion in World War II.
    Westin Ellis Robeson. Texas A&M University Press, 2017.
  • California at War: The State and the People during World War I.
    Diane M. T. North. University Press of Kansas, 2018.
  • Dear Mary: Letters Home from the 10th Mountain Division, January 1945-July 1945.
    Sydney M. Williams. Bauhan Publishing, 2019.
  • The Empire on the Western Front: The British 62nd and Canadian 4th Divisions in Battle.
    Geoffrey Jackson. University of British Columbia Press, 2019.
  • Fighting with the Empire: Canada, Britain, and Global Conflict, 1867-1947.
    Steve Marti & William John Pratt, eds. University of British Columbia Press, 2019.
  • The First Day on the Eastern Front: Germany Invades the Soviet Union, June 22, 1941.
    Craig W.H. Luther. Stackpole Books, 2018.
  • The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II.
    Alex Kershaw. Dutton Caliber, 2019.
  • Forward with Patton: The World War II Diary of Colonel Robert S. Allen.
    Robert S. Allen, John Nelson Rickard, ed. University Press of Kentucky, 2017.
  • For Class and Country: The Patriotic Left and the First World War.
    David Swift. Liverpool University Press, 2017.
  • Glenn Miller Declassified.
    Dennis M. Spragg. Potomac Books, 2017.
  • Great Battles: Ypres.
    Mark Connelly and Stefan Goebel. Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the Struggle for the North Sea.
    Jan Rüger. Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944–1945.
    Waldo Heinrichs and Marc Gallicchio. Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • The Last Battle: Victory, Defeat, and the End of World War I.
    Peter Hart. Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Lest We Forget: World War I and New Mexico.
    David V. Holtby. University of Oklahoma Press, 2018.
  • The Liberators of Pilsen: The U.S. 16th Armored Division in World War II Czechoslovakia.
    Bryan J. Dickerson. McFarland Publishers, 2018.
  • Lossberg’s War: The World War I Memoirs of a German Chief of Staff.
    Fritz von Lossberg; David T. Zabecki and Dieter J. Biedekarken, eds. and trans. University Press of Kentucky, 2017.
  • MacArthur’s Coalition: US and Australian Operations in the Southwest Pacific Area, 1942– 1945.
    Peter J. Dean. University Press of Kansas, 2018.
  • A Machine-Gunner in France: The Memoirs of Ward Schrantz, 35th Division, 1917-1919.
    Ward Schrantz; Jeffrey L. Patrick, ed. University of North Texas Press, 2019.
  • My Dear Boy: A World War II Story of Escape, Exile, and Revelation.
    Joanie Holzer Schirm. Potomac Books, 2019.
  • My Dear People: The World War I Letters of Private Ned Crawford.
    Constance Crawford, ed. Daniel & Daniel, 2017.
  • Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War's Lost Battalion.
    Edward G. Lengel. Da Capo Press, 2018.
  • The Old Army in the Big Bends of Texas: The Last Cavalry Frontier, 1911-1921.
    Jessica A. Bandel. North Carolina Office of Archives and History, 2017.
  • Patriots from the Barrio.
    Dave Gutierrez. Westholme Publishing, 2018.
  • Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila.
    James M. Scott. W.W. Norton & Co., 2018.
  • Rocky Boyer's War: An Unvarnished History of the Air Blitz that Won the War in the Southwest Pacific.
    Allen D. Boyer. Naval Institute Press, 2017.
  • Sand & Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France.
    Peter Caddick-Adams. Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • The Second Line of Defense: American Women and World War I.
    Lynn Dumenil. University of North Carolina Press, 2017.
  • The Secret History of RDX.
    Colin F. Baxter. University Press of Kentucky, 2018.
  • The Smell of War: Three Americans in the Trenches of World War I.
    Virginia Bernhard. Texas A&M University Press, 2018.
  • So Close to Freedom: A World War II Story of Peril and Betrayal in the Pyrenees.
    Jean-Luc E. Cartron. Potomac Books, 2019.
  • Stalingrad (Abridged Stalingrad Trilogy).
    David M. Glantz and Jonathan M. House. University Press of Kansas, 2017.
  • The Struggle for Cooperation: Liberated France and the American Military, 1944-1946.
    Robert L. Fuller. University Press of Kentucky, 2019.
  • 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.
  • The Turn of the Tide in the Pacific War: Strategic Initiative, Intelligence, and Command, 1941–1943.
    Sean M. Judge. University Press of Kansas, 2018.
  • The United States in World War II: A Documentary History.
    Mark A. Stoler and Molly C. Michelmore. Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 2018

1946 to the Present

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  • 21st Century Power: Strategic Superiority for the Modern Era.
    Brent D. Ziarnick, ed. Naval Institute Press, 2018.
  • After ISIS: America, Iran, and the Struggle for the Middle East.
    Seth J. Frantzman. Gefen Publishing, 2019.
  • Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation since 1945.
    Rodric Braithwaite. Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Beyond the Quagmire: New Interpretations of the Vietnam War.
    Geoffrey W. Jensen, Matthew M. Smith, eds.University of North Texas Press, 2019.
  • Brotherhood in Combat: How African Americans Found Equality in Korea and Vietnam.
    Jeremy P. Maxwell. University of Oklahoma Press, 2018.
  • Cakiller 3-2: An Army Pilot Flying for the Marines in the Vietnam War.
    Raymond G. Caryl. Naval Institute Press, 2018.
  • The Control War: The Struggle for South Vietnam, 1968–1975.
    Martin G. Clemis. University of Oklahoma Press, 2018.
  • Elvis’s Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield.
    Brian McAllister Linn. Harvard University Press, 2016.
  • From Disarmament to Rearmament: The Reversal of U.S. Policy toward West Germany, 1946-1955.
    Sheldon A. Goldberg. Ohio University Press, 2017.
  • The Mayaguez Crisis, Mission Command, and Civil-Military Relations.
    Christopher J. Lamb. Office of Joint History, 2018.
  • More Than a Doctrine: The Eisenhower Era in the Middle East.
    Randall Fowler. Potomac Books, 2018.
  • Nine Days in May: The Battles of the 4th Infantry Division on the Cambodian Border, 1967.
    Warren K. Wilkins. University of Oklahoma Press, 2017.
  • Operation KINETIC: Stabilizing Kosovo.
    Sean M. Maloney. Potomac Books, 2018.
  • Taliban Safari: One Day in the Surkhagan Valley.
    Paul Darling. University Press of Kansas, 2019.
  • Thomas C. Mann: President Johnson, the Cold War, and the Restructuring of Latin American Foreign Policy.
    Thomas Tunstall Allcock. University Press of Kentucky, 2018.
  • Uncommon Valor: The Recon Company that Earned Five Medals of Honor and Included America’s Most Decorated Green Beret.
    Stephen L. Moore. Naval Institute Press, 2018.
  • War Flower: My Life After Iraq.
    Brooke King. Potomac Books, 2019.
  • Why Vietnam Matters: An Eyewitness Account of Lessons Not Learned.
    Rufus Phillips. Naval Institute Press, 2008.

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