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Books Currently Available

MacArthur at War: World War II in the Pacific. By Walter R. Borneman, Little, Brown and Company, 2016. A study of the decisive four years of MacArthur’s rise to prominence during World War II, with studies on his relationships with his staff, family, and his colleagues in the war effort such as Eisenhower, Marshall, Leahy, Halsey, Roosevelt, and Churchill.

Betrayal at Little Gibraltar: A German Fortress, a Treacherous American General, and the Battle to End World War I. By William Walker, Scribner, 2016. A study of the 79th Division’s failed bloody assault on the German fortress of Montfaucon, known as the Little Gibraltar of the Western Front, during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and Major General Robert E. Lee Bullard’s infamous role in the debacle.

Paying Freedom’s Price: A History of African Americans in the Civil War. By Paul D. Escott, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. A short analysis on the role of African Americans in both North and South played in the Civil War.

Frock Coats & Epaulets: The Men Who Led the Confederacy. By Alf J. Mapp Jr., Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.  A leadership analysis of the Confederate high command including Jefferson Davis, Lee, Jackson, Joseph E. Johnston, J.E.B. Stuart, and Judah P. Benjamin.

Losing Binh Dinh: The Failure of Pacification and Vietnamization, 1969-1971. By Kevin M. Boylan, University Press of Kansas, 2016. A study of the failure of the policies of Vietnamization and pacification following the 1968 Tet Offensive, with a study of Binh Dinh province in wider context to the loss of the Vietnam War.

Somewhere in France: The World War I Letters and Journal of Private Frederick A. Kittleman. By Thomas J. Schaeper, Excelsior Editions, 2017. A collection of letters by Private Frederick Kittleman of the 304th Field Artillery, 77th Division, which show a young man proud to join the Army and excited about adventures in contrast to his journal, which reveal the horrors of war.

Military Service and American Democracy: From World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. By William A. Taylor, University Press of Kansas, 2016. A study of the evolution of recruitment in the armed services from the initiation of the first peacetime draft prior to World War II, the selective service era, to the all-volunteer force.

The General: From Normandy to Dachau to Service in America. By Alex Kershaw and Richard Ernsberger, Jr., Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 2016. A biography of Major General William Levine, the highest ranking Jewish American officer in the Army Reserves and his experiences in World War II and the postwar Army.

A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War. By D.H. Dilbeck, UNC Press, 2016. A study of Union “just-war” policy formulation and execution by commanders in the field, balancing constraint and total destruction.

The Yankee Plague: Escaped Union Prisoners and the Collapse of the Confederacy. By Lorien Foote, UNC Press, 2016. A study on the large-scale escapes of Union POWs from Confederate prison camps in the Carolinas in the last months of the war and its effects on the collapse of the Confederate prison system as well as the societal effects created.

Soldiering in the Shadow of Wounded Knee: The 1891 Diary of Private Hartford G. Clark, Sixth U.S. Cavalry. By Jerome A. Greene, The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2016. A look at the waning years of the Indian Wars and the uncertain aftermath of the massacre at Wounded Knee from the perspective of Private Hartford Clark serving with the 6th U.S. Cavalry.

Letters From the Greatest Generation: Writing Home in World War II. By Howard H. Peckham and Shirley A. Snyder, Indiana University Press, 2016. A collection of World War II letters written by American men and women serving overseas, providing a glimpse of wartime experience and hopes for the future.

Hopeless but Optimistic: Journeying through America’s Endless War in Afghanistan. By Douglas A. Wissing, Indiana University Press, 2016. An on-the-ground look at the day-to-day life of U.S. soldiers and Afghan civilians in the midst of war.

Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier, Volume II-At Sword’s Point, Part 2, A Documentary History of the Utah War, 1858-1859. By William P. MacKinnon, The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2016. The second part of a comprehensive history of the Utah War, 1858-59 between the Mormons and the United States government.

Wolford’s Cavalry: The Colonel, the War in the West, and the Emancipation Question in Kentucky. By Dan Lee, Potomac Books, 2016. A biography of Colonel Frank Wolford of the 1st Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry and his controversial stance against President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which tarnished his stellar military career.

Texas Aggies in Vietnam: War Stories. By Michael Lee Lanning, Texas A&M University Press, 2016. A collection of stories of Texas A&M alumni who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.

Hornet 33: Memoir of a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam. By Ed Denny, McFarland Publishers, 2016. A look at the experiences of a helicopter combat pilot in the 116th Assault Helicopter Company “The Hornets” during Operation Lam Son 719 from March 1970-March 1971.

Battle of Wills: Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and the Last Year of the Civil War. By David Alan Johnson, Prometheus Books, 2016. A leadership and character analysis of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and their eventual showdown in the war’s final year.

Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest. By Edward B. Westermann, University of Oklahoma Press, 2016. An analysis of the Indian Wars in the U.S. expansion westward and its similarities and differences to Hitler’s campaigns in Eastern Europe.

Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drums: Horse-Mounted Bands of the U.S. Army, 1820-1940. By Bruce P. Gleason, University of Oklahoma Press, 2016. A history of U.S. Army mounted bands and their evolution through the Army’s history and the eventual shift from horse to mechanized. 

Democracy and the American Civil War: Race and African Americans in the Nineteenth Century. By Kevin Adams and Leonne M. Hudson, Kent State University Press, 2016. A collection of essays on the evolution of democracy and race during and after the Civil War.

Pure Heart: The Faith of a Father and Son in the War for a More Perfect UnionBy William F. Quigley Jr., Kent State University Press, 2016. A concurrent look at Reverend Benjamin Dorr, a prominent priest of Christ Church, Philadelphia and his son William White Dorr, an officer serving with the 121st Pennsylvania during the Civil War and their roles in fighting to preserve the Union at home and at the front.

For Their Own Cause: The 27th United States Colored Troops. By Kelly D. Mezurek, Kent State University Press, 2016. A unit history on the formation of the 27th United States Colored Troops in April 1864 and its operations in Virginia and North Carolina.

Utah and the Great War: The Beehive State and the World War I Experience. By Allan Kent Powell, University of Utah Press, 2016. A collection of essays on the World War I experience of Utah both on the homefront and overseas.

Designing Gotham: West Point Engineers and the Rise of Modern New York, 1817-1898. LSU Press, 2016. A look at the role of various West Point alumni who contributed to the rapid growth of New York City throughout the 19th century.

Vietnam’s High Ground: Armed Struggle for the Central Highlands, 1954-1965. By J.P. Harris, University Press of Kansas, 2016. An analysis of the vital role of the Central Highlands region in South Vietnam in the strategies of American, South Vietnamese, and Communist forces during the Vietnam War.

Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War. By Conrad C. Crane, Naval Institute Press, 2016. A look at the writing of the groundbreaking Field Manual 3-24/Marine Corps Warfighting Publication 3-33.5 Counterinsurgency and its vital contribution to the stabilization of Iraq and the lessons needed to be learned for future conflicts.

21st Century Patton: Strategic Insights for the Modern Era. By J. Furman Daniel III, Naval Institute Press, 2016. An analysis of General George S. Patton as a strategic thinker and how his experiences would help in leadership development.

Decision at Tom’s Brook: George Custer, Thomas Rosser, and the Joy of the Fight. By William J. Miller, Savas Beatie, 2016. A look at the battle of Tom’s Brook during the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign and the leadership of George Custer and his Confederate counterpart Thomas Rosser during the battle.

Bushwhackers: Guerrilla Warfare, Manhood, and the Household in Civil War Missouri. By Joseph M. Beilein Jr., Kent State University Press, 2016. An analysis on the guerrilla conflict in Missouri during the Civil War  as well as a look at the noted fighters.

American Military Communities in West Germany: Life in the Cold War Badlands, 1945-1990. By John W. Lemza, McFarland Publishers, 2016. A study of American military communities in West Germany during the Cold War and their engagement with local German communities.

Advising Chiang’s Army: An American Soldier’s World War II Experience in China. By Stephen L. Wilson, Mill City Press, 2016. A wartime recollection of Phil Saunders, a U.S. Army officer serving as a combat liaison officer to Nationalist Chinese forces in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II.

War Stories: A GI Reporter in Vietnam, 1970-1971. By Conrad M. Leighton, McFarland Publishers, 2016. A compilation of entries and letters from a combat reporter assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1970-71.

Fort Bascom: Soldiers, Comancheros, and Indians in the Canadian River Valley. By James Bailey Blackshear, University of Oklahoma Press, 2016. A history of the crucial role of Fort Bascom in the American Southwest, protecting New Mexico Territory from Confederate invasion and later against Comanches and Southern Plains Indians.

12 Texas Aggie War Heroes: From World War I to Vietnam. By James R. Woodall, Texas A&M University Press, 2016. A look at twelve alumni of Texas A&M University who exhibited bravery and heroism in American wars in the 20th century.