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Military History Book Reviews


Military History Book Reviews


Book Review: Napalm, by Robert M. Neer

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 01, 2013 at 3:37 pm
In Napalm: An American History, author Robert Neer describes how this World War II invention came to be regarded as archetype of inhumane weapons.

Book Review: With Napoléon’s Guard in Russia, by Major Louis-Joseph Vionnet

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm
Jonathan North has translated and edited this firsthand French account of the Invasion of Russia during the Napoleonic wars.

Book Review: Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron, by Ronald D. Utt

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm
Ronald Utt has written a very readable account of the War of 1812, centered primarily on U.S. naval actions.

Book Review: Embers of War, by Frederik Logevall

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm
Frederik Logevall examines the critical period of regional and world tensions that flared up into America's Vietnam War.

Book Review: Stalin’s General, by Geoffrey Roberts

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm
Geoffrey Roberts has written a well-researched, candid biography of Soviet General Georgy Zhukov, an impressive if only intermittently sympathetic commander.

Book Review: Rise to Greatness, by David Von Drehle

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 03, 2013 at 3:52 pm
David Von Drehle's new book Rise to Greatness looks at Abraham Lincoln's tenuous hold on the Union in 1862, before he assumed the mantle of America's greatest president.

Book Review: Uncommon Warriors, by Ken W. Sayers

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 03, 2013 at 3:42 pm
In Uncommon Warriors author Ken Sayers introduces the histories of the U.S. Navy's most obscure, unusual and specialized vessels, from famous warships to obscure spy craft.

Book Review: Shattered Genius, by David Stone

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 03, 2013 at 3:33 pm
David Stone's new book Shattered Genius traces the rise and fall of the German general staff in the decades leading up to World War II and during the course of war itself.

Book Review: Into the Breach at Pusan, by Kenneth W. Estes

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 03, 2013 at 2:06 pm
Into the Breach at Pusan, by Kenneth W. Estes, relates the remarkable Korean War performance of the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, clearing up several myths along the way.

Game Review: Damage Inc., by Mad Catz

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 03, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Mad Catz' flight combat game Damage Inc. allows a player to dogfight one's way through the major battles of the Pacific Theater in World War II.

DVD Review: American Experience: Death and the Civil War, by PBS

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 03, 2013 at 1:43 pm
Death and the Civil War, a recent offering in PBS' American Experience series, looks at the war through the lens of Drew Gilpin Faust's acclaimed 2008 book This Republic of Suffering, tolling the cost of the war in lives and suffering.

Book Review: The Generals, by Thomas E. Ricks

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 02, 2012 at 3:49 pm
Thomas Ricks book The Generals looks at the effects of bureaucratization on the U.S. military from World War I through the modern-day conflicts in the Middle East.

Book Review: The Making of the First World War, by Ian F.W. Beckett

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 02, 2012 at 3:27 pm
Ian F.W. Beckett's new book The Making of the First World War presents essays on lesser-known episodes of the war that nevertheless had long-term repercussions.

Book Review: The Last Full Measure, by Michael Stephenson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 02, 2012 at 2:54 pm
Author Michael Stephenson cites soldiers' firsthand accounts of death in combat in his ambitious albeit flawed book The Last Full Measure.

Book Review: The Gods of Prophetstown, by Adam Jortner

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 02, 2012 at 2:40 pm
In The Gods of Prophetstown author Adam Jortner examines the 1811 conflict between the United States and an eastern Indian confederacy that served as a prelude to the War of 1812.

Book Review: Command Culture, by Jörg Muth

HistoryNet Staff | Published: September 06, 2012 at 4:27 pm
Jorg Muth's Command Culture is a compelling analysis of officer training in the early 20th century German and American armies and the implications on the outcome of World War II.
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