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    Book Review: George Marshall-A Biography

    George Marshall: A Biography  By Debi and Irwin Unger with Stanley Hirshon. 552 pp. HarperCollins, 2014. $35. Much has been written about the larger-than-life military leaders of World War II—Montgomery, Eisenhower, Patton, MacArthur....

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    Battle Films: Pulp Nonfiction-The Big Red One

    RELEASED IN 1980, tells the story of a squad leader and The Big Red One four privates fighting in every World War II campaign involving the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, whose nickname gives the film its title. These men are not the...

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    Book Review: Islam and Nazi Germany’s War

    Islam and Nazi Germany’s War  By David Motadel. 500 pp. Harvard University Press, 2014. $35. A Middle Eastern proverb observes that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Tat ancient nugget is the key to Islam and Nazi...

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    They Just Said No

    Good war or not, thousands of Americans refused to fight in it. JAPAN’S ATTACK on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into the war galvanized the nation. Officially, domestic conflict over whether to fight resolved into the tempered...

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    The U.S.Cavalry’s Last Charge

    With obsolescence looming and the Philippines in peril, American horse soldiers rode in an unlikely but successful fight. “Skinny” Wainwright was fighting mad. With the Japanese poised to cross the Batalan River unopposed, he hastened...

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    Asking for Trouble: The Long Range Desert Group

    To undermine the Afrika Korps, Britain’s Special Interrogation Group went to extremes. In the high Libyan desert, a convoy of five Ford one-and-a- half-ton trucks and eight Canadian Military Pattern ton trucks, their beds shrouded by...

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    Out of Time: The USS Hornet

    When the USS Hornet went down, coincidence enveloped a young Marine gunner. As the waves splashed and rolled past the USS Hornet, Lou Carnaghi glanced at his watch. It was just after 10 a.m. Lou treasured that watch. His folks had saved...

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    Time Travel: On for the Long Haul

    IF DURING SOME Southern California summer you notice warplanes with wartime German markings flying toward the Port of Los Angeles, you have not entered a wormhole—it’s merely showtime. The pilots, aboard disguised AT-6 Texan trainers...

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    Fire for Effect: Northern Exposure

    Students of 1944 tend to fixate on the e astern and Western fronts, with the soviets pulverizing the Germans from one direction and the Anglo Americans punching from the other. The more I look at that bloody year, however, the more I focus...

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    A Buffalo Soldier’s War on Two Fronts: Conversation with Ivan J. Houston

    I GREW UP in a world where black people had rights and freedom,” says Ivan J. Houston. “But I knew what to expect in the service: segregation.” In 1943 Houston, 17, a student at integrated UC-Berkeley, joined the Enlisted Reserve...

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    The Reading List: John Nagl

    An Army at Dawn- The War in North Africa, 1942–1943 Rick Atkinson (2002) “Atkinson examines the under-appreciated North Africa campaign, which taught an inexperienced U.S. Army lessons it needed to triumph and become the foundation for...

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    The Meeting from Hell: Conspiracy

    YOU KNOW THE meeting—management convened it to present some new undertaking and solicit every body’s input. That is what neophytes believe, anyway; the more experienced know the score, and enter the conference room resigned, wary, even...

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    Book Review: The Devils’ Alliance- Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939–1941

    The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939–1941 By Roger Moorhouse. Basic Books, 2014. 382 pp. $29.99.  It’s easy to argue with Roger Moor- house’s contention that historians have ignored the Hitler-Stalin pact of...

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    Aftermath: The Doolittle Raid

    The Doolittle attack generated more, and more violent, ripples than once thought. Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, at the controls of a B-25 Mitchell medium bomber, zoomed low over northern Tokyo at midday on Saturday, April 18, 1942....

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    Willie and Joe Come Home

    Bill Mauldin’s legendary dogfaces kept faith with returning veterans of every generation. Wars never really end for veterans., Those who make it home return to a world they do not recognize, and that does not recognize them. So it was...

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    The Crowded Hour

    Ambitions and agendas collide in the rush to Germany’s unconditional surrender. In late April 1945, the world was on edge. And in a single 24-hour period, April 29–30, two momentous pieces of news broke. From a conference in San...