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Books Available for Review (most recent listings starred):

Ancient, Mediaeval

The Bronze Lie: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy
By Myke Cole
New York: Osprey Publ., 2021. Pp. xxii, 464. ISBN 978-1-4728-4375-3.
Sparta's Second Attic War: The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta, 446-418 B.C.
By Paul A. Rahe
New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2020. Pp. xxii, 384. ISBN 978-0-300-24262-1.

Early Modern

Revolutionary War

Napoleonic Wars/War of 1812

US West/Indian Wars

US Civil War

Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians
By Gary W. Gallagher and J. Matthew Gallman
Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2019. Pp. 199. ISBN 978-1-4696-4953-5.
* Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee's Army after Appomattox
By Caroline E. Janney
Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2021. Pp. 331. ISBN 978-1-4696-6337-1.
Faces of Union Soldiers at South Mountain and Harpers Ferry
By Joseph Stahl and Matthew Borders
Charleston, SC: History Press, 2021. Pp. 188. ISBN 978-1-4671-4743-9.
A Fierce Glory: Antietam--The Desperate Battle That Saved Lincoln and Doomed Slavery
By Justin Martin
New York: Da Capo Press, 2018. Pp. xvii, 318. ISBN 978-0-306-82525-5.
Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War
By S.C. Gwynne
New York: Scribner, 2019. Pp. xii, 395. ISBN 978-1-5011-1622-3.
The Last Weeks of Abraham Lincoln: A Day-by-Day Account of His Personal, Political, and Military Challenges
By David Alan Johnson
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2018. Pp. 384. ISBN 978-1-63388-397-0.
Michigan’s War: The Civil War in Documents
By John W. Quist
Athens: Ohio Univ. Press, 2019. Pp. xix, 247. ISBN 978-0-8214-2312-7.
Radical Sacrifice: The Rise and Ruin of Fitz John Porter
By William Marvel
Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina, 2021. Pp. xv, 472. ISBN 978-1-4696-6185-8.
A Short History of the American Civil War
By Paul Christopher Anderson
New York: Bloomsbury, 2020. Pp. xxxi, 270. ISBN 978-1-78076-598-3.
The Siege of Vicksburg: Climax of the Campaign to Open the Mississippi River, May 23-July 4, 1863
By Timothy B. Smith
Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2021. Pp. xxvii, 724. ISBN 978-0-7006-3225-1.
* The Union Blockade in the American Civil War: A Reassessment
By Michael Bonner and Peter McCord
Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2021. Pp. viii, 217. ISBN 978-1-62190-670-4.
The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies
By Peter S. Carmichael
Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina, 2018. Pp. 392. ISBN 978-1-4696-4309-0.

19th-Century - Other

Word of Honor: A Peter Wake Novel
By Robert N. Macomber
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2020. Pp. xiv, 328. ISBN 978-1-68247-538-6.

World War I

American Women Report World War I: An Anthology of Their Journalism
Ed. Chris Dubbs
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2021. Pp. xviii, 310. ISBN 978-1-57441-825-5.
The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History
By Margalit Fox
New York: Random House, 2021. Pp. xvi, 329. ISBN 978-1-9848-5384-4.
Dying to Learn: Wartime Lessons from the Western Front
By Irene Guenther
Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 2021. Pp. xi, 245. ISBN 978-1-5017-5845-4.
Postcards from the Trenches: A German Soldier’s Testimony of the Great War
By Irene Guenther
New York: Bloomsbury, 2018. Pp. xiii, 232. ISBN 978-1-350-01575-3.
Reluctant Partner: The Complete Story of the French Participation in the Dardanelles Expedition of 1915
By George H. Cassar
Warwick, UK: Helion, 2019. Pp. xiii, 238. ISBN 978-1-911628-92-7.
Trauma, Primitivism and the First World War: The Making of Frank Prewett
By Joy Porter
New York: Bloomsbury, 2021. Pp. xii, 289. ISBN 978-1-350-19972-9.

World War II

The Battle of Leyte Gulf at 75: A Retrospective
Ed. Thomas J. Cutler
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2019. Pp. vii, 338. ISBN 978-1-68247-461-7.
Bluebottle Goes to War: Peter Sellers and the RAF Gang Shows
By P.J. Brownsword
London: Unicorn, 2020. Pp. 128. ISBN 978-1-91349101-7.
Churchill's Hellraisers: The Secret Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress
By Damien Lewis
New York: Citadel Press, 2020. Pp. xvi, 398. ISBN 978-0-8065-4074-0.
The Collapse of British Rule in Burma: The Civilian Evacuation and Independence
By Michael D. Leigh
New York: Bloomsbury, 2018. Pp. xx, 279. ISBN 978-1-4725-8973-6.
Drawing Fire: A Pawnee, Artist, and Thunderbird in World War II
By Brummett Echohawk and Mark R. Ellenbarger
Ed. Trent Riley. Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2018. Pp. xvi, 231. ISBN 978-0-7006-2703-5.
The Exit Visa: A Family's Flight from Nazi Europe
By Sheila Rosenberg
New York: I.B. Tauris, 2019. Pp. xiv, 289. ISBN 978-1-78831-495-4.
* The Flight: A Father’s War, a Son’s Search
By Tyler Bridges
Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2021. Pp. 225. ISBN 978-0-8071-7537-8.
From Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler's Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation
By Steve Ross, Glenn Frank, and Brian Wallace
New York: Hachette, 2018. Pp. xix, 266. ISBN 978-o-316-51304-3.
From Texas to Tinian and Tokyo Bay: The Memoirs of Captain J. R. Ritter, Seabee Commander during the Pacific War, 1942-1945
By Jonathan Templin Ritter
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2019. Pp. xi, 176. ISBN 978-1-57441-771-5.
The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light
By Jean Edward Smith
New York: Simon and Schester, 2019. Pp. 242. ISBN 978-1-5011-6492-7.
Living in the Shadow of a Hell Ship: The Survival Story of U.S. Marine George Burlage, a WWII Prisoner-of-War of the Japanese
By Georgianne Burlage
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2020. Pp. xii, 229. ISBN 978-1-57441-808-8.
Major General James A. Ulio: How the Adjutant General of the U.S. Army Enabled Allied Victory
By Alan E. Mesches
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2020. Pp. xiv, 202. ISBN 978-1-61200-826-4.
Memoirs of a Wartime Interpreter: From the Battle for Moscow to Hitler's Bunker
By Elena Rzhevskaya
Barnsley, UK: Greenhill, 2018. Pp. xxi, 329. ISBN 978-1-78438-281-0.
Men of Air: The Courage and Sacrifice of Bomber Command in World War II
By Kevin Wilson
New York: Pegasus, 2019. Pp. x, 435. ISBN 978-1-64313-006-4.
* Men of Armor: The History of B Company, 756th Tank Battalion in World War II: Part One: Beginnings, North Africa, and Italy
By Jeff Danby
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2021. Pp. xviii, 369. ISBN 978-1-63624-013-8.
Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front: The Memoir of Dr Hans Rehfeldt Vol. 1: From the Moscow Winter Offensive to Operation Zitadelle
By Hans Heinz Rehfeld
Barnsley, UK: Greenhill Books, 2019. Pp. x, 341. ISBN 978-1-78438-361-9.
Narvik: The Struggle of Battle Group Dietl in the Spring of 1940 Vol. 1: From the Moscow Winter Offensive to Operation Zitadelle
By Alex Buchner
Trans. Janice W. Ancker. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2020. Pp. xxi, 218. ISBN 978-1-61200-917-9.
The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany
By Gwen Strauss
New York: St. Martin's, 2021. Pp. xii, 317. ISBN 978-1-250-23929-7.
Panzer Tactics: Tank Operations in the East, 1941-42
By Oskar Munzel
[Orig. German ed. 1959] Philadelphia: Casemate, 2021. Pp. xxxix, 167. ISBN 978-1-250-23929-7.
Pearl: December 7, 1941
By Daniel Allen Butler
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2020. Pp. vi, 354. ISBN 978-1-61200-938-4.
Poland 1939: The Outbreak of World War II
By Roger Moorhouse
New York: Basic Books, 2020. Pp. xxi, 408. ISBN 978-0-465-09538-4.
Secret Alliances: Special Operations And Intelligence in Norway 1940-1945
By Tony Insall
London: Biteback Publ., 2019. Pp. viii, 422. ISBN 978-1-785-90477-6.
Sent by the Iron Sky: The Legacy of an American Parachute Battalion in World War II
By Ian Gardner
New York: Osprey Publ., 2019. Pp. 260. ISBN 978-1-4728-3738-7.
Strick: Tank Hero of Arras
By Tim Strickland
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2021. Pp. 22, 490. ISBN 978-1-61200-985-8.
Taking Flight: The Nadine Ramsey Story
By Raquel Ramsey and Tricia Aurand
Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2020. Pp. xxiv, 288. ISBN 978-0-7006-2980-0.
Vanguard: The True Stories of the Reconnaissance and Intelligence Missions behind D-Day
By David Abrutat
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2019. Pp. 400. ISBN 978-1-68247-454-9.
Victims of Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands: A Legitimate Heritage?
By Gilly Carr
New York: Bloomsbury, 2019. Pp. xii, 242. ISBN 978-1-4742-4565-4.
Women of the Third Reich: From Camp Guards to Combatants
By Tim Heath
Philadelphia: Pen and Sword, 2019. Pp. viii, 250. ISBN 978-1-5267-3945-2.

Cold War

Undersea Warriors: The Untold History of the Royal Navy's Secret Service
By Iain Ballantyne
New York: Pegasus, 2019. Pp. ix, 482. ISBN 978-1-64313-213-6.

Korean War

Baker Bandits: Korea's Band of Brothers
By Emmett Shelton Jr.
Ed. Cynthia Shelton. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2020. Pp. xxv, 350. ISBN 978-1-61200-898-1.

Vietnam War

Beyond the Quagmire: New Interpretations of the Vietnam War
Ed. Geoffrey W Jensen and Matthew M. Smith
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2019. Pp. xii, 425. ISBN 978-1-57441-748-7.
Combat at Close Quarters: An Illustrated History of the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War
Ed. Edward J. Marolda
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2018. Pp. xi, 346. ISBN 978-1-68247-195-1.
Phantom in the Sky: A Marine's Back Seat View of the Vietnam War
By Terry L. Thorsen
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2019. Pp. x, 329. ISBN 978-1-57441-75.
The Phantom Vietnam War: An F-4 Pilot's Combat over Laos
By David R. Honodel
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2018. Pp. xvi, 306. ISBN 978-1-57441-732-6.
A Quiet Cadence: A Novel
By Mark Treanor
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2020. Pp. vii, 379. ISBN 978-1-68247-506-5.
Uncommon Valor: The Recon Company that Earned Five Medals of Honor and Included America's Most Decorated Green Beret
By Stephen L. Moore
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2018. Pp. x, 412. ISBN 978-1-59114-574-5.
Unforgotten in the Gulf of Tonkin: A Story of the U.S. Military's Commitment to Leave No One Behind
By Eileen A. Bjorkman
Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2020. Pp. xi, 238. ISBN 978-1-64012-191-1.
War in the Villages: The U.S. Marine Corps Combined Action Platoons in the Vietnam War
By Ted N. Easterling
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2021. Pp. ix, 242. ISBN 978-1-57441-826-2.

20th Century - Other

The Fall and Rise of French Sea Power: France’s Quest for an Independent Naval Policy 1940–1963
By Hugues Canuel
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2021. Pp. xiv, 344. ISBN 978-1-68247-616-1.
The Macabresque: Human Violation and Hate in Genocide, Mass Atrocity and Enemy-Making
By Edward Weisband
New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2018. Pp. xv, 462. ISBN 978-0-19-067788-6.
Nature's Army: When Soldiers Fought for Yosemite
By Harvey Meyerson
2nd ed. Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2020. Pp. xlii, 322. ISBN 978-0-7006-2950-3.
* A Navy Admiral's Bronze Rules: Managing Risk and Leadership
By Dave Oliver
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2021. Pp. xv, 214. ISBN 978-1-68247-721-2.
Red Crew: Fighting the War on Drugs with Reagan’s Coast Guard
By Jim Howe
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2018. Pp. xi, 288. ISBN 978-1-68247-301-6.
Soldiers of a Different Cloth: Notre Dame Chaplains in World War II
By John F. Wukovits
Notre Dame, IN: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2018. Pp. xxv, 381. ISBN 978-0-268-10393-4.

21st Century

21st Century Power: Strategic Superiority for the Modern Era
Ed. Brent D. Ziarnick
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2018. Pp. xii, 192. ISBN 978-1-68247-313-9.
After the Wars: International Lessons From the U.S. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Ed. John A. Gentry and William M. Nolte
Washington: National Intelligence Press, 2018. Pp. viii, 344. ISBN 978-1-932946-12-3.
Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan
By Eileen Rivers
New York: Da Capo Press, 2018. Pp. xxix, 254. ISBN 978-0-306-90307-6.
Cashing In on Cyberpower: How Interdependent Actors Seek Economic Outcomes in a Digital World
By Mark T. Peters II
Lincoln, NB: Potomac Books, 2018. Pp. xii, 268. ISBN 978-1-64012-013-6.
Grey Wars: A Contemporary History of U.S. Special Operations
By N.W. Collins
New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2021. Pp. 304. ISBN 978-0-300-19841-6.
Future War and the Defence of Europe
By John R. Allen, Frederick Ben Hodges, and Julian Lindley-French
New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2021. Pp. xix, 326. ISBN 978-0-19-885583-5.
* High Risk: A True Story of the SAS, Drugs, and Other Bad Behaviour
By Ben Timberlake
London: Hurst, 2021. Pp. xii, 313. ISBN 978-1-78738-463-7.
Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars
By Jessica Trisko Darden, Alexis Henshaw, and Ora Szekely
Washington: Georgetown Univ. Press, 2019. Pp. x, 102. ISBN 978-1-62616-666-0.
The Sacking of Fallujah: A People's History
ByRoss Caputi, Richard Hil, and Donna Mulhearn
Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2019. Pp. viii, 209. ISBN 978-1-62534-438-0.
Shattered Minds: How the Pentagon Fails Our Troops with Faulty Helmets
By Robert H. Bauman and Dina Rasor
Lincoln, NW: Potomac Books, 2019. Pp. xxv, 304. ISBN 978-1-64012-036-5.
Taliban Safari: One Day in the Surkhagan Valley
By Paul Darling
Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2019. Pp. xii, 168. ISBN 978-0-7006-2784-4.
War Flower: My Life after Iraq
By Brooke King
Lincoln, NB: Potomac Books, 2019. Pp. xv, 255. ISBN 978-1-64012-118-8.

Multiple time periods

9 Rules of Engagement: A Military Brat's Guide to Life and Success
By Harris Faulkner
New York: HarperCollins, 2018. Pp. xiv, 233. ISBN 978-0-06-269752-3.
Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
By Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang
New York: Norton, 2018. Pp. xiv, 576. ISBN 978-0-393-06444-5.
Across Cultures and Empires: An Immigrant's Odyssey from the Soviet Army to the US War in Iraq and American Citizenship
By Mahir Ibrahimov
New York: Norton, 2018. Pp. xiv, 576. ISBN 978-0-393-06444-5.
Ambitious Honor: George Armstrong Custer's Life of Service and Lust for Fame
By James E. Mueller
Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2012. Pp. vi, 170. ISBN 978-0-7006-3223-7.
Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness
By Kenneth M. Pollack
New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2019. Pp. xvi, 676. ISBN 978-0-19-090696-2.
Brotherhood in Combat: How African Americans Found Equality in Korea and Vietnam
By Jeremy P. Maxwell
Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2018. Pp. xv, 207. ISBN 978-0-8061-6006-1.
The Civilianization of War: The Changing Civil-Military Divide, 1914-2014
Ed. Andrew Barros and Martin Thomas
New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2018. Pp. x, 334. ISBN 978-1-108-42965-8.
Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity
By Walter Scheidel
Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 2019. Pp. xviii, 670. ISBN 978-0-691-17218-7.
A Global History of Relocation in Counterinsurgency Warfare
By Edward J. Erickson
New York: Bloomsbury, 2020. Pp. xii, 286. ISBN 978-1-350-06259-7.
The Global Spread of Islamism and the Consequences for Terrorism
By Michael Freeman, with Katherine Ellena, and Amina Kator-Mubarez
Lincoln, NB: Potomac Books, 2021. Pp. vii, 250. ISBN 978-1-64012-370-0.
How the Army Made Britain a Global Power: 1688–1815
By Jeremy Black
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2021. Pp. xv, 239. ISBN 978-1-95271-508-2.
How the Few Became the Proud: Crafting the Marine Corps Mystique 1874-1918
By Heather P. Venable
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2019. Pp. x, 334. ISBN 978-1-68247-468-6.
* Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War
By Samuel Moyn
New York: FSG, 2021. Pp. 400. ISBN 978-0-374-17370-8.
Israel’s Military Doctrine
By Ehud Eilam
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018. Pp. xiii, 158. ISBN 978-1-4985-7563-8.
The Last Muslim Conquest: The Ottoman Empire and Its Wars in Europe
By Gábor Ágoston
Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 2021. Pp. xv, 664. ISBN 978-0-691-15932-4.
Lessons in Leadership: My Life in the US Army from World War II to Vietnam
By John R. Deane Jr.
Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 2018. Pp. xiv, 261. ISBN 978-0-8131-7494-5.
Minding the Helm: An Unlikely Career in the U.S. Coast Guard
By Kevin P. Gilheany
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2019. Pp. viii, 269. ISBN 978-1-57441-750-0.
New Principles of War: Enduring Truths with Timeless Examples
By Marvin Pokrant
Lincoln, NB: Potomac Books, 2021. Pp. xvii, 347. ISBN 978-1-64012-222-2.
Night Letters: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and the Afghan Islamists Who Changed the World
By Chris Sands and Fazelminallah Qazizai
London: Hurst, 2019. Pp. xvi, 507. ISBN 978-1-78738-196-4.
Scripts of Terror: The Stories Terrorists Tell Themselves
By Benedict Wilkinson
New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2020. Pp. xv, 236. ISBN 978-0-19-752189-2.
The Sniper Encyclopaedia: An A–Z Guide to World Sniping
By John Walter Hill
Havertown, PA: Casemate, 2019. Pp. xiv, 306. ISBN 978-1-61200-721-2.
Spymaster's Prism: The Fight against Russian Aggression
By Jack Devine
Lincoln, NB: Potomac Books, 2021. Pp. xxv, 266. ISBN 978-1-64012-378-6.
* Streets Without Joy: A Political History of Sanctuary and War, 1959-2009
By Michael A.K.G. Innes
New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2021. Pp. xxii, 389. ISBN 978-0-19-756712-8.
This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race
By Nicole Perlroth
New York: Bloomsbury, 2020. Pp. xxvii, 491. ISBN 978-1-63557-605-4.
The Top 100 Military Sites in America
By L. Douglas Keeney
Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018. Pp. xv, 267. ISBN 978-1-4930-3228-0.
Useful Captives: The Role of POWs in American Military Conflicts
Ed. Daniel Krebs and Lorien Foote
Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2021. Pp. xii, 330. ISBN 978-0-7006-3051-6.
War Narratives: Shaping Beliefs, Blurring Truths in the Middle East
By Caleb S. Cage
College Station: Texas A&M Univ. Press, 2019. Pp. xvi, 129. ISBN 978-1-62349-760-6.
War Stories: From the Charge of the Light Brigade to the Battle of the Bulge and Beyond
By Ann MacMillan and Peter Snow
New York: Pegasus Books, 2018. Pp. 344. ISBN 978-1-68177-852-5.
* Why War?
By Christopher Coker
New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2021. Pp. vi, 256. ISBN 978-0-19-760273-7.
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