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Books Currently Available

Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion that Opened the West. By William Hogeland, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017. A history of the Army’s campaigns against Indian tribes in the Old Northwest Territory in the 1790s.

Practical Strangers: The Courtship Correspondence of Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd, Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. By Stephen Berry and Angela Esco Elder, University of Georgia Press, 2017. A collection of courtship letters between Captain Nathaniel Dawson of the 4th Alabama Infantry and Elodie Todd, sister to Mary Todd Lincoln, which shows the difficulties families endured during the Civil War.

Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth. By Holger Hoock, Crown Publishing, 2017. A study on the dilemmas of unrestrained violence prevalent in both sides against soldiers and civilians during the American Revolution. 

America and the Future of War: The Past as Prologue. By Williamson Murray, Hoover Institution Press, 2017. A study on past conflicts and the importance of understanding the political, strategic, and international contexts of each in order to prepare the United States for a rapidly changing and unpredictable global environment.

Soldiers and Civilization: How the Profession of Arms Thought and Fought the Modern World into Existence. By Reed Robert Bonadonna, Naval Institute Press, 2017. An analysis on the evolution of the relationship between citizen and soldier from the Classical era to the modern day.

Nine Days in May: The Battles of the 4th Infantry Division on the Cambodian Border, 1967. By Warren K. Wilkins, University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. A study of elements of the 4th Infantry Division’s role during Operation Francis Marion in the Ia Tchar Valley, near the Cambodian border in May 1967. 

The American War in Viet Nam: Cultural Memories at the Turn of the Century. By Susan Lyn Eastman, University of Tennessee Press, 2017. A look at how American culture dealt with remembering the Vietnam War through movies, literature, and memorials.

Patton’s Way: A Radical Theory of War. By James Kelly Morningstar, Naval Institute Press, 2017. A reassessment of General George S. Patton’s doctrine as understood by his contemporaries and in the present day and a reevaluation of his tactical theory.

Brigadier General Robert L. McCook and Colonel Daniel McCook, Jr.: A Union Army Dual Biography. By Wayne Fanebust, McFarland Publishers, 2017. Two biographies on Robert McCook and Daniel McCook, brothers from a prominent family known as the Fighting McCooks, who joined the Union Army and were both killed during the war.

Chasing Mosby, Killing Booth: The 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry. By James Carson, McFarland Publishers, 2017. A unit history of the 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry and its operations against Confederate guerrillas led by Colonel John Mosby and its involvement in hunting John Wilkes Booth after the war.

My Dear People: The World War I Letters of Private Ned Crawford. By Constance Crawford, Daniel & Daniel Publishers, 2017. A collection of letters written by Private Ned Crawford who served with the 316th Field Signal Battalion, 91st Division, on the Western Front during World War I.

It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan. By Jerri Bell & Tracy Crow, Potomac Books, 2017. A compilation of stories of women who served in America’s wars and their unique experiences in these various conflicts.

Images of America: Camp Merritt. By Howard Bartholf, Arcadia Publishing, 2017. A illustrative history of the construction and operation of Camp Merritt, New Jersey during the American buildup to World War I in 1917.

Soldiers in the Southwest Borderlands: 1848-1886. By Janne Lahti, University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. A compilation of ten biographies on enlisted soldiers from various cultural backgrounds who served in regular, militia, and volunteer units in the American Southwest.

The 1st Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Transformed: Road to Victory in Desert Storm, 1970-1991. By Gregory Fontenot, University of Missouri Press, 2017. A comprehensive history of the 1st Infantry Division from the uncertainty following its service in Vietnam through its successful operations during the Gulf War.

The Cavalries at Stones River: An Analytical History. By Dennis W. Belcher, McFarland Publishers, 2017. An assessment of the cavalry forces in the Union Army of the Cumberland and the Confederate Army of Tennessee and their operations during the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee, December 1862.

Theater of a Separate War: The Civil War West of the Mississippi River, 1861-1865. By Thomas W. Cutrer, UNC Press, 2017. A comprehensive study on the Civil War in the Far West and its strategic context throughout the duration of the war.

The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers. By Elizabeth Cobbs, Harvard University Press, 2017. A history of the more than 200 women volunteers who operated telephone switchboards as part of the U.S. Army Signal Corps for the American Expeditionary Forces.

From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball During the Great War. By Jim Leeke, University of Nebraska Press, 2017. A look at the effects of World War I on Major League Baseball and the various players, managers, and owners who served overseas.

Standing in Their Own Light: African American Patriots in the American Revolution. By Judith L. Van Buskirk, University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. A study of the Continental Army’s various units comprising African American soldiers and their fight for freedom from Great Britain and in their own country during and after the American Revolution.

Back Over There: One American Time-Traveler, 100 Years Since the Great War, 500 Miles of Battle-Scarred French Countryside, and Too Many Trenches, Shells, Legends and Ghosts to Count. By Richard Rubin, St. Martin’s Press, 2017. A study and narrative of the sites where the American Expeditionary Forces fought in France during World War I.

Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands: 1861-1867. By Andrew E. Masich, University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. A study of the Civil War in the Southwestern territories, which was a more multicultural conflict involving Hispanics, Indians, and Anglo settlers.

Eisenhower’s Guerrillas: The Jedburghs, The Maquis, & the Liberation of France. By Benjamin F. Jones, Oxford University Press, 2016. A study of the crucial role of the Free French Resistance groups in preparation for the Allied invasion and liberation of France in the days leading up to Operation OVERLORD.

Bayonets in Paradise: Martial Law in Hawaii during World War II. By Harry N. Scheiber and Jane L. Scheiber, University of Hawaii Press, 2016. A study of the Army’s administration of martial law in the Territory of Hawaii right after Pearl Harbor through late 1944.

Tears Across the Mekong. By Marc Phillip Yablonka, Figueroa Press, 2016. A study of U.S. Army operations in Laos during the Vietnam War.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.