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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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General

  • 21st Century Patton: Strategic Insights for the Modern Era.
    J. Furman Daniel III, ed. Naval Institute Press, 2016.
  • Choosing War: Presidential Decisions in the Maine, Lusitania, and Panay Incidents.
    Douglas Carl Peifer. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Great Strategic Rivalries: From the Classical World to the Cold War.
    James Lacey, ed. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • A History of Fort Campbell.
    John O'Brien. The History Press, 2014.
  • Hitler's Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest.
    Edward B. Westermann. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Just War Reconsidered: Strategy, Ethics, and Theory.
    James M. Dubik. University Press of Kentucky, 2016.
  • Margin of Victory: Five Battles that Changed the Face of Modern War.
    Douglas Macgregor. Naval Institute Press, 2016.
  • Military Service and American Democracy: From World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
    William A. Taylor. University Press of Kansas, 2016.
  • My Gettysburg: Meditations on History and Place.
    Mark A. Snell. Kent State University Press, 2016
  • The Pity of War: England and Germany, Bitter Friends, Beloved Foes.
    Miranda Seymour. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
  • Scales on War: The Future of America's Military at Risk.
    Robert H. Scales. Naval Institute Press, 2016.
  • Shooting Up: A Short History of Drugs and War.
    Lukasz Kamienski. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drums: Horse-Mounted Bands of the U.S. Army, 1829-1940.
    Bruce P. Gleason. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare.
    Mark R. McNeilly. Oxford University Press, 2015.

Pre-World War One

  • A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War.
    D. H. Dilbeck. University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
  • 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.
  • The Borderland of Fear: Vincennes, Prophetstown, and the Invasion of the Miami Homeland.
    Patrick Bottiger. University of Nebraska Press, 2016.
  • Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man in the Confederacy.
    Earl J. Hess. University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Culloden (Oxford Great Battles Series).
    Murray Pittock. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Democracy and the American Civil War: Race and African Americans in the Nineteenth Century.
    Kevin Adams and Leonne M Hudson, eds. Kent State University Press, 2016.
  • 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.
  • For Their Own Cause: The 27th United States Colored Troops.
    Kelly D. Mezurek. Kent State University Press, 2016.
  • Fort Bascom: Soldiers, Comancheros, and Indians in the Canadian River Valley.
    James Bailey Blackshear. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Grant Invades Tennessee: The 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson.
    Timothy B. Smith. University Press of Kansas, 2016.
  • Guibert: Father of Napoleon's Grand Armée.
    Jonathan Abel. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • "Hang Them All:" George Wright and the Plateau Indian War.
    Donald L. Cutler. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Henry Ware Lawton: Union Infantryman, Frontier Soldier, Charismatic Warrior.
    Michael E. Shay. University of Missouri Press, 2016.
  • Johnson's Island: A Prison for Confederate Officers.
    Roger Pickenpaugh. Kent State University Press, 2016.
  • Kearny's Dragoons Out West: The Birth of the U.S. Cavalry.
    Will Gorenfeld and John Gorenfeld. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Kentucky Confederates: Secession, Civil War, and the Jackson Purchase.
    Berry Craig. University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
  • Kentucky Rebel Town: The Civil War Battles of Cynthiana and Harrison County.
    William A. Penn. University Press of Kentucky, 2016.
  • Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864.
    Bruce M. Venter. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Land Too Good for Indians: Northern Indian Removal.
    John P. Bowes. 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.
  • "My Greatest Quarrel with Fortune": Major General Lew Wallace in the West, 1861-1862.
    Charles G. Beemer. Kent State University Press, 2015.
  • The New York Times Disunion: A History of the Civil War.
    Ted Widmer, ed. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865.
    James B. Conroy. Lyons Press, 2014.
  • Photographing Custer's Battlefield: The Images of Kenneth F. Roahen.
    Sandy Barnard. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Powder River: The Disastrous Opening of the Great Sioux War.
    Paul L. Hedren. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Pure Heart: The Faith of a Father and Son in the War for a More Perfect Union.
    William F. Quigley Jr. Kent State University 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.
  • The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War.
    J. L. Bell. Westholme, 2016.
  • Road to War: The 1871 Yellowstone Surveys.
    M. John Lubetkin, ed. The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2016.
  • Sign Talker: Hugh Lenox Scott Remembers Indian Country.
    R. Eli Paul, ed. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Slaughter at the Chapel: The Battle of Ezra Church, 1864.
    Gary Ecelbarger. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments that Redeemed America.
    Douglas R. Egerton. Basic Books, 2016.
  • Titan: The Art of British Power in the Age of Revolution and Napoleon.
    William R. Nester. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • The Yankee Plague: Escaped Union Prisoners and the Collapse of the Confederacy.
    Lorien Foote. University of North Carolina Press, 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.
  • War and Conflict in the Early Modern World, 1500-1700.
    Brian Sandberg. Polity Press, 2016.
  • Wolford's Cavalry: The Colonel, the War in the West, and the Emancipation Question in Kentucky.
    Dan Lee. Potomac Books, 2016.

1914 to 1945

  • Alamein (Oxford Great Battles Series).
    Simon Ball. Oxford University 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.
  • Barbarossa 1941: Reframing Hitler's Invasion of Stalin's Soviet Empire.
    Frank Ellis. University Press of Kansas, 2015.
  • To Bataan and Back: The World War II Diary of Major Thomas Dooley.
    Jerry C. Cooper, ed. Texas A&M University Press, 2016.
  • The Battle of Verdun: The Story of the Iconic WWI Clash, One of the Bloodiest Battles in History.
    Alan Axelrod. Lyons Press, 2016.
  • Battlefield Surgeon: Life and Death on the Front Lines of World War II.
    Paul A. Kennedy, Christopher B. Kennedy, ed. University Press of Kentucky, 2016.
  • Beachhead Normandy: An LCT's Odyssey.
    Tom Carter. Potomac Books, 2014.
  • Britain's War: Into Battle, 1937-1941.
    Daniel Todman. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War.
    Terri Blom Crocker. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.
  • 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.
  • The Fightin' Texas Aggie Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor.
    John A. Adams Jr. Texas A&M University Press, 2016.
  • From Defeat to Victory: The Eastern Front, Summer 1944 (Decisive and Indecisive Military Operations, Volume 2).
    C. J. Dick. University Press of Kansas, 2016.
  • From Victory to Stalemate: The Western Front, Summer 1944 (Decisive and Indecisive Military Operations, Volume 1).
    C. J. Dick. University Press of Kansas, 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 Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace.
    Susan L. Carruthers. Harvard University Press, 2016.
  • Historical Dictionary of World War II: The War Against Germany and Italy.
    Anne Sharp Wells. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
  • Hitler's Wehrmacht, 1939-1945.
    Rolf-Dieter Müller. University Press of Kentucky, 2016.
  • Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front.
    David J. Bettez. University Press of Kentucky, 2016.
  • Kleinkrieg: The German Experience with Guerrilla Warfare, from Clausewitz to Hitler.
    Charles D. Melson. Casemate, 2016.
  • 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.
  • The Origins of the Grand Alliance: Anglo-American Military Collaboration from the Panay Incident to Pearl Harbor.
    William T. Johnsen. University Press of Kentucky, 2016.
  • The Prometheus Bomb: The Manhattan Project and Government in the Dark.
    Neil J. Sullivan. Potomac Books, 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.
  • Sister Soldiers of the Great War: The Nurses of the Canadian Army Medical Corps.
    Cynthia Toman. University of British Columbia Press, 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Weight of Command: Voices of Canada's Second World War Generals and Those Who Knew Them.
    J. L. Granatstein. University of British Columbia Press, 2016.
  • The White Sniper: Simo Häyhä.
    Tapio A. M. Saarelainen. Casemate Publishers, 2016.
  • Zombie Army: The Canadia Army and Conscription in the Second World War.
    Daniel Byers. University of British Columbia Press, 2016.

1946 to the Present

  • 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.
  • A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Take of Courage and Survival During the Korean War.
    Stanley Weintraub. Da Capo Press, 2014.
  • Creating Canada's Peacekeeping Past. Colin McCullough.
    University of British Columbia Press, 2016.
  • Death on Base: The Fort Hood Massacre.
    John and Anita Belles Porterfield. University of North Texas Press, 2015.
  • The Dragon's Teeth: The Chinese People's Liberation Army-Its History, Traditions, and Air, Sea and Land Capabilities in the 21st Century.
    Benjamin Lai. Casemate, 2016.
  • Eyewitness to Chaos: Personal Accounts of the Intervention in Haiti, 1994.
    Walter E. Kretchik. Potomac Books, 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Texas Aggies in Vietnam: War Stories.
    Michael Lee Lanning, ed. Texas A&M University Press, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Vietnam's High Ground: Armed Struggle for the Central Highlands, 1954-1965.
    J. P. Harris. University Press of Kansas, 2016.
  • They Were Heroes: A Sergeant Major's Tribute to the Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan.
    David K. Devaney. Naval Institute Press, 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.


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