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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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  • 21st Century Ellis: Operational Art and Strategic Prophecy for the Modern Era.
    B. A. Friedman, ed. Naval Institute Press, 2015.
  • 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.
  • A History of Fort Campbell.
    John O'Brien. The History Press, 2014.
  • Improving Strategic Competence: Lessons from 13 Years of War.
    Linda Robinson, Paul D. Miller, John Gordon IV, Jeffrey Decker, Michael Schwille, Rapael S. Cohen. RAND Corporation, 2014.
  • Jacob L. Devers: A General's Life.
    James Scott Wheeler. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.
  • The Memorial Art and Architecture of Vicksburg Military Park.
    Michael W. Panhorst. Kent State University Press, 2015.
  • The Philosophy of War Films.
    David LaRocca, ed. University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
  • The Pity of War: England and Germany, Bitter Friends, Beloved Foes.
    Miranda Seymour. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
  • The Role and Limitations of Technology in U.S. Counterinsurgency Warfare.
    Richard W. Rubright. Potomac Books, 2015
  • Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare.
    Mark R. McNeilly. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • The Trouble with Empire: Challenges to Modern British Imperialism.
    Antoinette Burton. 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.
  • The Battle of Petersburg, June 15–18, 1864.
    Sean Michael Chick. Potomac Books, 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 Civil War and Reconstruction in Indian Territory.
    Bradley R. Clampitt, ed. University of Nebraska 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.
  • 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 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.
  • For Brotherhood & Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862.
    Brian R. McEnany. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.
  • The Gray Fox: George Crook and the Indian Wars.
    Paul Magid. University of Oklahoma Press, 2015.
  • Kentucky Confederates: Secession, Civil War, and the Jackson Purchase.
    Berry Craig. University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
  • 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.
  • The Ordeal of the Reunion: A New History of Reconstruction.
    Mark Wahlgren Summers. University of North Carolina Press, 2014.
  • The Printer's Kiss: The Life and Letters of a Civil War Newspaperman and His Family.
    Patricia A. Donohoe. Kent State University Press, 2014.
  • 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.
  • The River Was Dyed With Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest & Fort Pillow.
    Brian Steel Wills. University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.
  • The Rocky Road to the Great War: The Evolution of Trench Warfare to 1914.
    Nicholas Murray. Potomac Books, 2013.
  • A Scientific Way of War: Antebellum Military Science, West Point, and the Origins of American Military Thought.
    Ian C. Hope. University of Nebraska Press, 2015.
  • Soldiers in the Army of Freedom: The 1st Kansas Colored, the Civil War's First African American Combat Unit.
    Ian Michael Spurgeon. University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.
  • 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

  • Back from Tobruk.
    Croswell Bowen, Betsy Connor Bowen, ed. Potomac Books, 2013.
  • 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.
  • The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944.
    Michael Neiberg. Basic Books, 2012.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941.
    Roger Moorhouse. Basic Books, 2014.
  • Exposing the Third Reich: Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler's Germany.
    Henry G. Gole. University Press of Kentucky, 2013.
  • Gardens of Hell: Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign.
    Patrick Gariepy. Potomac Books, 2014.
  • 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.
  • The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945.
    Rick Atkinson. Picador, 2013.
  • The Last Roll Call: The 29th Infantry Division Victorious, 1945.
    Joseph Balkoski. Stackpole Books, 2015.
  • The Mediterranean Air War: Airpower and Allied Victory in World War II.
    Robert S. Ehlers Jr. University Press of Kansas, 2015.
  • Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe.
    Michael Neiberg. Basic Books, 2015.
  • Samuel Stouffer and the GI Survey: Sociologists and Soldiers During the Second World War.
    Joseph W. Ryan. University of Tennessee Press, 2013.
  • Seeing the War: The Stories Behind the Famous Photographs of World War II.
    David P. Colley. ForeEdge, 2015.
  • 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.
  • They Called Them Soldier Boys: The Texas Infantry Regiment in World War I.
    Gregory W. Ball. University of North Texas Press, 2013.
  • Those Who Hold Bastogne: The True Story of the Soldiers and Civilians Who Fought in the Biggest Battle of the Bulge.
    Peter Schrijvers. Yale University Press, 2014.
  • Trial by Gas: The British Army at the Second Battle of the Ypres.
    George H. Cassar. Potomac Books, 2014.
  • Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War.
    Christine E. Hallett. Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • 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.

1946 to the Present

  • Army Diplomacy: American Military Occupation and Foreign Policy After World War II.
    Walter M. Hudson. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.
  • Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75.
    George J. Veith. Encounter Books, 2012.
  • 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.
  • Death on Base: The Fort Hood Massacre.
    John and Anita Belles Porterfield. University of North Texas Press, 2015.
  • Every Citizen a Soldier: The Campaign for Universal Military Training After World War II.
    William A. Taylor. Texas A&M University Press, 2014.
  • Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy During the Cold War.
    Martin Folly. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
  • The Joint Chiefs of Staff and National Policy, 1977-1980.
    Steven L. Reardon and Kenneth R. Foulks, Jr. Office of Joint History, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2015.
  • 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.
  • Not All Heroes: An Unapologetic Memoir of the Vietnam War, 1971–1972.
    Gary E. Skogen. Dakota Institute Press, 2013.
  • Outside the Wire: Riding with the "Triple Deuce" in Vietnam, 1970.
    Jim Ross. Stackpole Books, 2013.
  • The Psychology of Strategy: Exploring Rationality in the Vietnam War.
    Kenneth Payne. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • 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.
  • The Thai Way of Counterinsurgency.
    Jeff M. Moore. Muir Analytics, 2014.
  • 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.)

To self-nominate, contact Army History's Managing Editor at Indicate which book from the list you propose to review.

As part of your self-nomination, briefly state your qualifications, referring, as germane, to your education, previous published works, experience in the field, or other information you deem pertinent.

Once the Managing Editor has approved your proposal, he will mail you a copy of the book. He will include a deadline for submission of the draft review.

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  1. Look at some of the book reviews that appear in earlier issues of Army History, posted on this Web site.
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  3. Write a review that's between 800 and 1,200 words.
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  6. Write a review that is thoughtful, engaging, specific, substantive, and on point (academic differences are fine if treated professionally; no ad hominems).
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  9. Submit drafts as an e-mail attachment to the Managing Editor.
  10. Failure to fully follow these instructions may delay the publication of your review.