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  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Book Review: Wired for War

    Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century By P.W. Singer. 499 pp. Penguin Press, 2009 $29.95 Droids locked and loaded, ready to take over the world. As P.W. Singer describes in his latest tome on modern...

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    MHQ Book Review: We Are Soldiers Still

    We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam By Harold G. Moore and Joseph Galloway. 247 pp. HarperCollins, 2008 $24.95 Sometimes a book is so good that it cries out for a sequel. Such is the case for We Were...

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    MHQ Book Review: Lincoln and His Admirals

    Lincoln and His Admirals By Craig L. Symonds. 430 pp. Oxford University Press, 2008 $27.95 We know a great deal about President Lincoln’s relations with his generals, but much less about his dealings with his admirals and his Navy...

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    MHQ Book Review: Masters and Commanders

    Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941–1945 By Andrew Roberts. 674 pp. Allen Lane, 2008 $35 The special relationship that developed between the United States and Great Britain during World War II was...

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    MHQ Book Review: Weller’s War

    Weller’s War: A Legendary Foreign Correspondent’s Saga of World War II on Five Continents By George Weller. 633 pp. Crown Publishers, 2009 $29.95 Though he won a Pulitzer Prize for his World War II reporting, George Weller of the...

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    MHQ Book Review: The White War

    The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front, 1915–1919  By Mark Thompson. 454 pp. Basic Books, 2009 $35.00  “The First World War is a mystery,” writes historian John Keegan. “Why did a prosperous continent, at the...

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    MHQ Book Review: The Gamble

    The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006–2008  By Thomas Ricks. 394 pp. Penguin Press, 2009 $27.95 In 2006, Thomas Ricks, a reporter for The Washington Post, published Fiasco, a scathing...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: MiGs Over North Vietnam

    MiGs Over North Vietnam: The Vietnamese People’s Air Force in Combat, 1965-1973 by Roger Boniface. Specialty Press, 2008, $54.95 Although numerous books have been published on the American bombing effort over North Vietnam, comparatively...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Vietnam Ironclads

    Vietnam Ironclads: A Pictorial History of U.S. Navy River Assault Craft, 1966- 1970 by John M. Carrico. Brown Water Enterprises, 2007, $39.95 Gunboat diplomacy became a byword for Western imperialism before World War II, and the U.S. Navy...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Fighting to Leave

    Fighting to Leave: The Final Years of America’s War in Vietnam, 1972-1973 by Robert E. Stoffey. Zenith Press, 2008, $25.95 Colonel Robert Stoffey is a retired Marine aviator who served three tours in Vietnam. Fighting to Leave covers the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Reviews: Generals DuPuy and Abrams

    General William E. DuPuy: Preparing the Army for Modern War by Henry G. Gole. University Press of Kentucky, 2008, $35 Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times by Lewis Sorley. Indiana University Press, 2008,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: The Eaves of Heaven

    The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars by Andrew X. Pham. Harmony Books, 2008, $24.95 Andrew X. Pham, born in Saigon in 1967 as Pham Xuan An, is one of the most accomplished Vietnamese-American writers to examine the American war in...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Review: Vietnam Nurses

    Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany DVD produced by Creative Street Productions, 2006, $21.95, vietnamnursesdvd.com Dana Delany is not a Vietnam nurse, but she played one on TV. This award- winning documentary hosted by the China Beach star is...

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    Vietnam Book Review: On Their Own

    On Their Own: Women Journalists and the American Experience in Vietnam by Joyce Hoffman. Da Capo Press, 2008, $27.50 Since the end of the Vietnam War, hundreds of books have been written in an attempt to examine, explain, define and even...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Colonial Good Life

    The Colonial Good Life: A Commentary on Andre Joyeux’s Vision of French Indochina translated, introduced and annotated by Michael G. Vann and Joel Montague. White Lotus Press, 2008. French artist Andre Joyeux served as an art teacher in...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Bill Mauldin

    Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front by Todd DePastino. Norton, 2008, $27.95. Willie and Joe brought the life of GIs in the foxholes of World War II to millions of Americans in a way no flesh and blood reality could. This was the reality of war,...