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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Germany and the Axis Powers

    Germany and the Axis Powers: From Coalition to Collapse by Richard L. DiNardo, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 2006, $34.95 World War II was a coalition war that pitted the Axis powers against what Winston Churchill labeled the...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Alliance of Enemies

    Alliance of Enemies: The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II By Agostino von Hassell and Sigrid MacRae. 391 pp. Thomas Dunne, 2006. $24.95. German resistance to Hitler was tiny. It failed. And...

  • World War II Magazine

    Who Really Won the War?

    Soviet sacrifice and criminality are the unspoken truths of World War II. As a prelude to various talks on the Second World War, I often present the audience with four or five simple questions: Can you name the five biggest battles of the...

  • Ask Mr. History

    Why did Marshall Oppose the Recognition of Israel?

    Why did Gen. George Marshall oppose the recognition of the state of Israel in 1948? Kenneth A Hill   ???   Dear Mr. Hill, George C. Marshall’s official reasons for opposing recognizing the state of Israel in 1948 are well...

  • Military History Magazine

    MADness of the Cold War

    How crazy was the Cold War doctrine of mutually assured destruction? Turns out, it was a surprisingly good idea. Few concepts in military strategy are more puzzling than the notion of mutually assured destruction. More than frightening, it...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Chief of Staff

    Chief of Staff: The Principal Officers Behind History’s Great Commanders (Vol. 1: Napoleonic Wars to World War I and Vol. 2: World War II to Korea and Vietnam) edited by Maj. Gen. David T. Zabecki, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis,...

  • World War II Magazine

    Devil’s Bargain: Germany and Russia Before WWII

    How Germany conspired with Russia to build a cutting-edge army and air force—long before the start of World War II. In 1920 any well-informed observer would have found it highly improbable, if not impossible, that Germany and Russia...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- March 2009

    Missing Marine Dead Discovered on Tarawa The remains of more than 100 marines who were killed during the battle of Tarawa appear to have been discovered in mass graves on the tiny Pacific atoll, according to a group that conducted a search...

  • World War II Magazine

    What if Mussolini Had Stayed on the Sidelines?

    Consider this scenario: In May 1940 Italian dictator Benito Mussolini observes with mixed emotions the stunning speed of the German military triumph in the west. He cannot help but admire Hitler’s audacity and the prowess of the Nazi war...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Munich 1938

    Munich 1938: Appeasement and World War II By David Faber. 512 pp. Simon & Schuster, 2009. $30. In September 1938, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain heralded the Munich Conference as bringing “peace in our time,” while...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Vietnam’s Second Front

    Vietnam’s Second Front: Domestic Politics, The Republican Party, and The War by Andrew L. Johns, University Press of Kentucky, 2010 War, Von Clausewitz famously wrote, “is not merely a political act, but also a real political...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam News- April 2010

    Women Vietnam Vets Target of VA Study Nearly 40 years after the war, the women who served in Vietnam, Southeast Asia and in the United States during the conflict will be the subject of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study designed...

  • Military History Magazine

    The End Was Near

    New information about the Cuban Missile Crisis shows just how close we came to nuclear Armageddon. It was one minute before high noon on Oct. 27, 1962, the day that later became known as “Black Saturday.” More than 100,000 American...

  • American History Magazine

    Can We Come to Terms With China?

    The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China’s War on Foreigners That Shook the World in the Summer of 1900 by Diana Preston The 1900 uprising against foreigners in China—led by a society of martial artists secretly encouraged by...

  • American History Magazine

    Interview: Thomas Bender, a scholar who views our nation’s history from a...

    What role has Haiti played in U.S. history? The fact that the United States eventually emerged as a world power is a direct result of a revolution on the island—the largest slave revolt in world history—that led to the establishment of...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Rule Britannia

    With two Confederate emissaries in U.S. custody, Britain’s Prince Albert stepped in to prevent a second war. A pleasant breeze blew across the deck of the USS San Jacinto as Captain Charles Wilkes unwittingly brought the United States to...