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Military History Book Reviews


Book Review: Darius in the Shadow of Alexander, by Pierre Briant

HistoryNet Staff | Published: April 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm
Pierre Briant reads between the lines of ancient Greco-Roman sources to reconstruct a narrative of Darius III, the oft-overshadowed king of Persia during the reign of Alexander the Great.

Book Review: A Box of Sand, by Charles Stephenson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: April 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm
Charles Stephenson's book A Box of Sand looks at the relatively overlooked 1911 Italo-Turkish War, its implications for the then-brewing global war and its present-day reverberations.

Book Review: Marshal Joffre, by André Bourachot

HistoryNet Staff | Published: April 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm
French army historian and former engineer André Bourachot assesses the World War I performance of Joseph Joffre, chief of the French General Staff.

Book Review: Secret Warriors, by Taylor Downing

HistoryNet Staff | Published: April 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm
In Secret Warriors, author Taylor Downing relates the military advances that originated out of Britain during World War I.

Book Review: Agincourt, by Stephen Cooper

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm
Stephen Cooper looks at the 1415 Battle of Agincourt and its key players to mark the 600th anniversary of the pivotal English-French clash.

Book Review: Judy, by Damien Lewis

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Judy, by Damien Lewis, relates the surprising story of a pointer that served as a mascot on the Royal Navy gunboats Gnat and Grasshopper during World War II in the Far East.

Book Review: Obedient Unto Death, by Werner Kindler

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 1:44 pm
Obedient Unto Death is Werner Kindler's detailed, often harrowing account of armored operations of the elite German Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler during World War II.

Book Review: The Longest Afternoon, by Brendan Simms

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm
The Longest Afternoon is Cambridge University professor Brendan Simms' detailed account of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo defense of the stone farmhouse La Haye Sainte.

Book Review: The Second Pearl Harbor, by Gene Eric Salecker

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:54 pm
In The Second Pearl Harbor, Gene Eric Salecker reveals the causes and consequences of a devastating explosion that rocked the West Loch section of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on May 22, 1944.

Book Review: Home Squadron, by James C. Rentfrow

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:34 pm
In his book Home Squadron, James Rentfrow relates the late 19th century transformation of the U.S. Navy into a fleet with global reach.

Book Review: War Planning 1914, edited by Richard F. Hamilton and Holger H. Herwig

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm
War Planning 1914 assesses the prewar plans of the six major European participants in World War I, in particular exposing the weaknesses that led to years-long stalemates on all fronts.

Book Review: Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery, by Robert M. Poole

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 02, 2015 at 1:17 pm
In his second history of Arlington National Cemetery, Robert Poole relates stories centering on Section 60, resting place of fallen American soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Book Review: Abducting a General, by Patrick Leigh Fermor

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 02, 2015 at 1:04 pm
British Special Operations Executive veteran Leigh Fermor issues his long-awaited firsthand account of the 1944 kidnapping of the commanding German general from Crete.

Book Review: Survivors of Stalingrad, by Reinhold Busch

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 02, 2015 at 12:55 pm
Historian Reinhold Busch takes a disquieting look behind German lines during the brutal 1942-43 fight for Stalingrad.

Book Review: A Great and Glorious Adventure, by Gordon Corrigan

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 02, 2015 at 12:46 pm
British military scholar Gordon Corrigan relates the dynamics of medieval warfare and politics in his history of the Hundred Years' War.

Book Review: Dark Invasion, 1915, by Howard Blum

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 30, 2014 at 10:53 am
In his latest book, Dark Invasion, 1915, Howard Blum explores America's first brush with Homeland Security issues as it confronted German spies in the lead-up to the U.S. entry into World War I.
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