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  • Military History Magazine

    My Confederate Bias

    I am a born and bred Northerner— as in born in Newark, N.J., and reared in that most Northern of cities’ suburbs. On the rare occasions that I thought about the Civil War during my formative years in the ’50s and ’60s, I was firm...

  • Ask Mr. History

    Any Good Books On WWII Italy?

    Would you have any suggestions for books that talk about Italy’s role in WWII? Thank you, Bob Peters   ???   Dear Mr. Peters, Although there is a wealth of books focusing on aspects of Italian participation in World War II,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Letter form the Editor- December 2008

    A new book by Hal Moore and Joe Galloway completes the picture they started in We Were Soldiers Once…And Young In one of the best books ever written about the Vietnam War, We Were Soldiers Once…And Young, retired Lieutenant General...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    My 15 Minutes Out of the Attic

    Ten years ago, after introducing Tony Horwitz to the world of “Civil Wargasms,” I ended up on the cover of his bestseller. Life has never been the same. Time is an odd thing. It is strange to think it has been 10 years since...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Top 10 War Books of All Time

    We asked 50 military historians what they consider the 10 best war books ever written. Here are their picks— with a surprise or two. Since the dawn of recorded history, war has proven an irresistible, inexhaustible and universally...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Today- December 2008

    New Museum Celebrates Midwest Soldiers No battles took place in Kenosha, Wis., but the town is centered in a region that dispatched more than 740,000 men to the war effort. Kenosha’s brand-new Civil War Museum focuses on the...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Interview: A novelist’s approach to the Civil War

    Writer Winston Groom, whose works range from Forrest Gump to Shrouds of Glory, returns to the Civil War with his new book, Vicksburg 1863. What prompted you to write about Vicksburg? I had written an earlier book on the Battle of Nashville...

  • Military History Magazine

    Interview with Alan Furst: Chronicler of the ‘Shadow War’

    Over the course of writing 10 books —from through last year’s Night Soldiers Spies of (1988) Warsaw—American novelist Alan Furst has established himself as reigning master of a very specific genre of thriller. His books recount in...

  • American History Magazine

    Lessons From Harder Times

    The World in Depression, 1929-1939 by Charles Kindleberger, University of California, 1973 Reminding us that the Great Depression was a worldwide phenomenon, Kindleberger finds its origins in the instability of an international economy...

  • American History Magazine

    1o4o Reasons for Angst

    Federal Taxation in America: A Short History  by W. Elliot Brownlee, Woodrow Wilson Center and Cambridge University, 2004 Distinguished historian W. Elliot Brownlee traces the sweeping changes in federal taxation policy that have...

  • American History Magazine

    Populist Rage

    Shays’s Rebellion: The American Revolution’s Final Battle by Leonard L. Richards, University of Pennsylvania, 2002 Our republic was born in reaction to populist anger. Enraged that uppercrust Bostonians got rich speculating on...

  • American History Magazine

    What Can We Do About Mexico?

    Invading Mexico: America’s Continental Dream and the Mexican War, 1846-1848 by Joseph Wheelan In 1846, two xenophobic nations, the United States and Mexico, went to war over a border dispute. The war yielded more than 500,000 square...

  • American History Magazine

    Can the CIA Be Reformed?

    Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner The 9/11 attack was “a systemic failure of the American government,” writes Pulitzer Prize– winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner in his distressing chronicle of the first 60...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Down in the Trenches, Smeared With Blood

    Seventeen years ago, in a spirited and widely reprinted article, Mark E. Neely Jr. sought to refute the notion that the Civil War had been a “total war.” Ever since then, Neely writes in his most recent book, The Civil War and the...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Third Reich, at Length

    In a recently completed 12,000-page work, German scholars take a long unblinking look at Nazi Germany in World War II. One of the greatest projects ever undertaken in the field of military history began in the mid-1970s when Germany’s...

  • American History Magazine

    Is a Generational War Coming?

    The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know About America’s Economic Future by Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Scott Burns Economist Laurence Kotlikoff and his co-author, Scott Burns, warn of a “God-awful storm” when the boomer...