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Books Currently Available

Taliban Safari: One Day in the Surkhagan Valley. By Paul Darling. University Press of Kansas, 2019. A look at a one-day mission to root out Taliban forces involving joint U.S.-Afghan forces in the Surkhagan Valley in the Afghan province of Zabul in June 2009.

A Machine-Gunner in France: The Memoirs of Ward Schrantz, 35th Division, 1917-1919. By Jeffrey L. Patrick. University of North Texas Press, 2019. A memoir from a veteran of the 35th Division, who focuses on the division’s role in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in late September through early November 1918.

War Narratives: Shaping Beliefs, Blurring Truths in the Middle East. By Caleb S. Cage. Texas A&M University Press, 2019. A series of essays on select themes of coverage during the War on Terror and how the narratives were formulated in the U.S.

Attack at Daylight and Whip Them: The Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862. By Gregory A. Mertz. Savas Beatie, 2019. A guided study of the Battle of Shiloh, with a description of each phase of the battle and corresponding sites on the battlefield today.

Hunter Liggett: A Soldier’s General. By Michael E. Shay. Texas A&M University Press, 2019. A biography of Hunter Liggett, focusing on his forty-year career in the Army, culminating in his successful command of the American First Army during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during World War I.

Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station: The Problems of Command and Strategy After Gettysburg, from Brandy Station to the Buckland Races, August 1 to October 31, 1863. By Jeffrey Wm Hunt. Savas Beatie, 2019. A follow up volume examining the effort of Major General George G. Meade’s Union Army of the Potomac to destroy the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the immediate months following the Battle of Gettysburg.

George W. Goethals and the Army: Change and Continuity in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. By Rory McGovern. University Press of Kansas, 2019. A biography of George W. Goethals and his military career during the Army’s evolution from a frontier constabulary to an expeditionary force during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Civil War on the Rio Grande, 1846-1876. By Roseann Bacha-Garza, Christopher L. Miller, and Russell K. Skowronek. Texas A&M University Press, 2019. A study of the Rio Grande region from the Mexican War through the Civil War and Reconstruction and its social and political dynamics.

D-Day Cover Up at Pointe Du Hoc: The History of the 2nd & 5th U.S. Army Rangers, 1st May – 10th June 1944 (Volume 2). By Gary Sterne. Pen & Sword Publishing, 2019. The second volume on the 2d and 5th Ranger Battalions and their preparations for Operation OVERLORD and the role they played at Pointe Du Hoc.

War, Memory, and the 1913 Gettysburg Reunion. By Thomas R. Flagel. Kent State University Press, 2019. A new look at the Gettysburg Reunion of 1913 and the motivations and reasons of veterans who attended the reunion contrary to the popular belief of national reconciliation.

Blue-Blooded Cavalryman: Captain William Brooke Rawle in the Army of the Potomac, May 1863-August 1865. By J. Gregory Acken. Kent State University Press, 2019. A diary of a company commander with the 3d Pennsylvania Cavalry and the experiences of Union cavalry in the later years of the war in Virginia.

Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War. By David Silkenat. UNC Press, 2019. A comprehensive study on surrender during the Civil War and how it is interpreted and treated by both sides during the war.

The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina. By Philip Gerard. UNC Press, 2019. A study of the Civil War in North Carolina from secession to the final surrender on the population of the state.

All Hell Can’t Stop Them: The Battles for Chattanooga: Missionary Ridge and Ringgold, November 24-27, 1863. By David A. Powell. Savas Beatie, 2018. A short history and guide to the final battles of the Chattanooga Campaign.

Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers. By James J. Broomall. UNC Press, 2019. An analysis on the impact of the war, emancipation, and Reconstruction on Southern men and their roles in society.

Harnessing the Airplane: American and British Cavalry Responses to a New Technology, 1903-1939. By Lori A. Henning. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019. An analysis on the British and American cavalry branches and their experiences with incorporating aviation to doctrine and operations.

Civil War Writing: New Perspectives on Iconic Texts. By Gary W. Gallagher & Stephen Cushman. LSU Press, 2019. A collection of new essays focusing on the most significant writing about the war by combatants and noncombatants on both sides including Mary Chestnut, William T. Sherman, John B. Gordon, and Louisa May Alcott.

Confederate Generals in the Trans-Mississippi: Volume 3 – Essays on America’s Civil War. By Lawrence Lee Hewitt and Thomas E. Schott. University of Tennessee Press, 2019. The third volume of essays on Confederate generals in the Trans-Mississippi theater and their operations.

Comanche Jack Stilwell: Army Scout and Plainsman. By Clint E. Chambers and Paul H. Carlson. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019. A biography on Army Scout and frontiersman “Comanche” Simpson ‘Jack’ Stilwell in the Indian Wars in Oklahoma.

Held in the Highest Esteem by All: The Civil War Letters of William B. Chilvers, 95th Illinois Infantry. By Thomas A. Pressly, III and Gary D. Joiner. State House Press, 2018. A collection of letters written by British immigrant William Chilvers, who joined the 95th Illinois during the Civil War, which fought in the Vicksburg Campaign, Louisiana, and the Red River Campaign. 

After Combat: True Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan. By Marian Eide & Michael Gibler. Potomac Books, 2018. A collection of stories told by combat veterans from all the services who served in Iraq and Afghanistan contrary to sensationalized stories from the media.

Gettysburg’s Other Battle: The Ordeal of an American Shrine during the First World War. By Mark A. Snell. Kent State University Press, 2018. A history of Gettysburg during the American involvement in World War I and use of the battlefield for training soldiers for overseas deployment.

War in the American Pacific and East Asia, 1941-1972. By Hal M. Friedman. University Press of Kentucky, 2019. An anthology of essays examining the ascendancy of the U.S. military in the Pacific.

Shattered Minds: How the Pentagon Fails Our Troops with Faulty Helmets. By Robert H. Bauman & Dina Rasor. Potomac Books, 2019. A look at the controversy surrounding Sioux Manufacturing’s bad faith practices of Kevlar helmet production and the military’s resistance in upgrading the combat helmet.

The Struggle for Cooperation: Liberated France and the American Military, 1944-1946. By Robert L. Fuller. University Press of Kentucky, 2019. A look at relations between the French populace and American forces following the liberation of France beyond the parades and crowds.

Let Us Die Like Men: The Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864. By William Lee White. Savas Beatie, 2019. A guidebook and history of the events and sites of the Battle of Franklin in November 1864. 

Success in the Shadows: Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines and the Global War on Terror, 2002-2015. By Barry M. Stentiford. Combat Studies Institute Press, 2018. A study of counterterrorism operations in the southern islands of the Philippines conducted by Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines and Filipino military and police forces.

Decisions at Stones River: The Sixteen Critical Decisions that Defined the Battle. By Matt Spruill and Lee Spruill. The University of Tennessee Press, 2018. An analysis of decisions made by commanders of both Union and Confederate forces during the Battle of Stones River and their implications on the outcome of the battle.

Why Veterans Run: Military Service in American Presidential Elections, 1789-2016. By Jeremy M. Teigen. Temple University Press, 2018. A study of former presidents and presidential candidates who decided to enter politics and their motivations for running for the nation’s highest office.

Challenges of Command in the Civil War: Generalship, Leadership, and Strategy at Gettysburg, Petersburg, and Beyond – Volume I: Generals and Generalship. By Richard J. Sommers. Savas Beatie, 2018. The first of two volumes analyzing different command attributes and performances of senior Civil War commanders throughout the Civil War.

The Army of the Cumberland: Organization, Strength, Casualties, 1862-1865. By Darrell L. Collins. McFarland Publishers, 2019. An order of battle and statistical analysis of the Union Army of the Cumberland from its organization through its campaigns in Tennessee, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

James Riley Weaver’s Civil War: The Diary of a Union Cavalry Officer and Prisoner of War, 1863-1865. By John T. Schlotterbeck, Wesley W. Wilson, Midori Kawaue, and Harold A. Klingensmith. Kent State University Press, 2019.

Five or Ten Minutes of Blind Confusion: The Battle of Aiken, South Carolina, February 11, 1865. By Eric J. Wittenberg. Fox Run Publishing, 2018. A look at one of the last Confederate battlefield victories of the war and its strategic failure to prevent the fall of Columbia to Major General William T. Sherman.

Zero to Hero: From Bullied Kid to Warrior. By Allen J. Lynch. Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 2018. An autobiography of Medal of Honor recipient Allen Lynch and his experience during the Vietnam War and coping with PTSD following his tour of duty.

The Great Battle Never Fought: The Mine Run Campaign, November 26-December 2, 1863. By Chris Mackowski. Savas Beatie, 2018. A guide and history of the Mine Run Campaign in late Autumn 1863.

Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan. By Eileen Rivers. Da Capo Press, 2018. A look at three leaders of Female Engagement Teams and their crucial missions in Afghanistan.

Drawing Fire: A Pawnee, Artist, and Thunderbird in World War II. By Brummett Echohawk with Mark R. Ellenbarger. University Press of Kansas, 2018. A memoir of Brummett Echohawk, a Pawnee artist who joined the Oklahoma National Guard in 1940 and later deployed with the 45th Infantry Division to Europe and sketched his experiences overseas.

American Prisoner of War Camps in Southern California. By Kathy Kirkpatrick. America Through Time, 2018. A history of POW camps in Southern California and their impact on the region during World War II.

“My Brothers Have My Back”: Inside the November 1969 Battle on the Vietnamese DMZ. By Lou Pepi. McFarland Publishers, 2018. A history of an intense two-day battle in November 1969 involving three companies from Task Force 1-61 and NVA forces along the DMZ.

Upon the Fields of Battle: Essays on the Military History of America’s Civil War. By Andrew S. Bledsoe and Andrew F. Lang. LSU Press, 2018.  A compilation of essays that explore issues on the homefronts of the Union and the Confederacy and their impacts on the battlefield.

Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War’s Lost Battalion. By Edward G. Lengel. Da Capo Press, 2018. A look at four men whose lives were changed by the experiences of the ordeal of the Lost Battalion during the Meuse Argonne Offensive in October 1918.

Ghost Riders: When U.S. and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of World War II. By Mark Felton. Da Capo Press, 2018. A look at a joint effort by U.S. and German soldiers to save the famed Lippizaner horses of the Spanish Riding School from capture by the Soviet Red Army and rogue Waffen SS soldiers.

Day of the Rangers: The Battle of Mogadishu 25 Years On. By Leigh Neville. Osprey Publishing, 2018.  A history of the Battle of Mogadishu based on never before heard interviews with veterans and recently declassified documents to give a more complete understanding of the battle. 

Solemn duty in the Old Guard: From Arlington National Cemetery to the Pentagon on 9/11 in America’s Oldest Regiment. By Mark Joseph Mongilutz. MacFarland, 2018. A memoir of a soldier’s service with the 3d United States Infantry Regiment from 2000 to 2004, covering everything from basic training to following the attacks on September 11.  

Firebase Tan Tru. By Walter F. McDermott. By MacFarland, 2018. A memoir of an artilleryman fighting in the Mekong Delta, 1969-1970, talking about the surreality of combat and his own change from thoughtful undergrad to jaded veteran.

Patriots from the Barrio: The Story of Company E, 141st Infantry: The Only All Mexican American Army Unit in World War II. By Dave Gutierrez. Westholme Publishing, 2018. The story of the only all Mexican American unit in World War II and their service during the war.

Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico, 1868-1952. By Harry Franqui-Rivera. University of Nebraska Press, 2018. An examination of the service of Puerto Rican soldiers in the military and the impact military service had on Puerto Rican society. 

The 31st Infantry Regiment: A History of “America’s Foreign Legion” in Peace and War.” By the Members of the 31st Infantry Regiment Association. McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2018. A history of the 31st Infantry Regiment from World War I to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as told through essays written by veterans of the regiment.

Where Valor Proudly Sleeps: A history of Fredericksburg National Cemetery, 1866-1933. By Donald C. Pfanz. Southern Illinois University Press, 2018. A history of the creation of the National Cemetery System with a focus on Fredericksburg National Cemetery and its impact and history.

Glory in their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took on the Army During World War II. By Sandra M. Bolzenius. University of Illinois Press, 2018. A look at the story of four African American WAC privates and the 1945 strike for equal treatment in the Army, which set the stage of desegregation of the armed forces in the immediate years following World War II. 

A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775. By Phillip S. Greenwalt and Robert Orrison. Savas Beatie, 2018. A look at the battles of Lexington and Concord and interactive tour guide of the sites of the battles. Part of the Emerging Revolutionary War Series.

General E.A. Paine in Western Kentucky: Assessing the “Reign of Terror” of the Summer of 1864. By Dieter C. Ullrich and Berry Craig. McFarland Publishers, 2018. An analysis of General E.A. Paine’s controversial tenure as commander of the District of Western Kentucky in the summer of 1864.

The Liberators of Pilsen: The U.S. 16th Armored Division in World War II Czechoslovakia. By Bryan J. Dickerson, McFarland Publishers, 2018. A unit history of the 16th Armored Division and the liberation of the Czech city of Pilsen, 5-6 May 1945.

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