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Men at Arnhem
Geoffrey Powell (1976)

“An action-packed, honest, and thoughtful memoir by an airborne soldier who fought at Arnhem: this is one of the books that stirred my interest in military history as a boy. I was fortunate enough to visit the battlefield with the author in his later life.”

The Fortress
Raleigh Trevelyan (1956)

“A beautifully evocative book about the war in Italy and, specifically, the author’s time at Anzio. Trevelyan’s craftsmanship as a writer is as stunning as his brutally frank descriptions of fighting the Germans at close quarters.”

Hitler: 1936–1945 Nemesis
Ian Kershaw (2000)

“A monumental work that combines great scholarship with superb writing. This remarkable book is a major contribution to the study of World War II, and challenged my views about Hitler and the Nazi regime.”

On War
Carl von Clausewitz (1832)

“The book that has most influenced my understanding of the Second World War, even though it was written by a Prussian who died more than 100 years before its outbreak. On War is such a stimulating volume that it demands regular rereading, and continues to broaden my understanding of war.”

Beyond War
“I devour books about people who take on the life-threatening challenges offered by mountains, deserts, and the polar regions. Soldiers consequently have to compete with adventurers and explorers for time in my dreams.”

Lloyd Clark is a senior lecturer in war studies at England’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He lectures around the world, appears regularly on television, and is widely published on World War II. His most recent books are Anzio (2006) and Crossing the Rhine (2008). He is at work on a history of the Battle of Kursk, to be published next year.