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World War II Book Reviews


A Newsmen in Khaki: Tales of a World War II Soldier Correspondent (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:10 pm
Reviewed by Peter S. KindsvatterBy Herbert MitgangTaylor Trade Publishing, Lanham, Md., 2004, In 1942, 22-year-old Herbert Mitgang enlisted in the U.S. Army. On the day before, he had been sworn in to practice law at the Appellate Division …

Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:10 pm
Reviewed by Robert CitinoBy Max HastingsAlfred A. Knopf, New York, 2004 The two world wars of the 20th century could not have ended under more dissimilar circumstances. In 1918, Germany's will to fight collapsed while its armies still …

The Path to Victory: The Mediterranean Theater in World War II (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Geoffrey Wawro By Douglas PorchFS&G, New York, 2004 Just after Pearl Harbor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and the Allied chiefs of staff met in Washington to craft a common strategy for what had quite suddenly — …

Patton at Bay: The Lorraine Campaign, 1944 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Robert Citino By John Nelson RickardBrassey's, Washington, D.C., 2004 Think of General George S. Patton, and images of aggression and bold maneuver come to mind. He was the author of the high-speed drive on Messina during the …

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Dennis J. RingleBy James D. HornfischerBantam Books, New York, 2004 In this naval version of "David versus Goliath," author James D. Hornfischer masterfully brings to life the heroic actions of a handful of officers and sailors. …

Russia's Life-Saver: Lend-Lease Aid to the U.S.S.R. in World War II (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Michael Parrish By Albert L. WeeksLexington Books, New York, 2004 A wartime cartoon in The New Yorker shows the docks of Murmansk covered with off-loaded containers and a Soviet official having trouble finding the word "spam" in …

Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Robert Citino By Michael DobbsAlfred A. Knopf, New York, 2004 In June 1942, German submarines landed two small groups of saboteurs on the U.S. coastline, one near Amagansett, Long Island, and the other near Jacksonville, Florida. Operation …

The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, Vol. 5, "The Finest Soldier," January 1, 1945--January 7, 1947 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by David Fitzpatrick Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens, EditorsThe Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 2003 At their best, edited editions of letters and diaries read like a narrative and are of interest to both scholar …

Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assault Into Fortress Europe, July 1943 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Brian John MurphyBy Ed RuggeroHarper/Collins, New York, 2004 Parachute warfare got off to a rough start for the United States in World War II. The drop on Sicily in July 1943 tested the capabilities of U.S. …

Command Failure in War: Psychology and Leadership (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Robert CitinoBy Robert Pois and Philip LangerIndiana University Press, Bloomington, 2004 Why do commanders fail? Military historians typically offer a number of conventional explanations: The balance of forces was unfavorable, or the terrain was difficult, or …

Playing for Their Nation: Baseball and the American Military During World War II (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by James E. Elfers By Steven R. BullockUniversity of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 2004 Perhaps no topic in baseball has been as thoroughly covered as how the sport survived World War II. What makes Playing for Their Nation: …
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