United States Armed Forces
About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War
About Face
Military Resisters Turn Against War
Paperback      ISBN: 1604864400

Veterans of recent conflicts describe their individual journeys from raw recruit to war resister in this collection of testimonials. Although it is not well publicized, the long tradition of refusing to fight unjust wars continues today within the American military. The stories in this book provide an intimate, honest look at the personal transformation of each of these young people and at the same time constitute a powerful argument against militarization and endless war. Also included are exclusive interviews with Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg addressing the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan and the role civilian and GI resistance plays in bringing the troops home.

Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point
Absolutely American
Four Years at West Point
Paperback      ISBN: 1400076935

"A superb description of modern military culture, and one of the most gripping accounts of university life.... Powerful.... Wonderfully told." --The New York Times Book Review

As David Lipsky follows a future generation of army officers from their proving grounds to their barracks, he reveals the range of emotions and desires that propels these men and women forward. From the cadet who struggles with every facet of West Point life to those who are decidedly huah, Lipsky shows people facing challenges so daunting and responsibilities so heavy that their transformations are fascinating to watch. Absolutely American is a thrilling portrait of a unique institution and those who make up its ranks.

With an updated Epilogue by the author.

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The Alamo and the War of Texan Independence 1835-36
The Alamo and the War of Texan Independence 1835-36
Paperback      ISBN: 0850456843

In 1823 Texas was opened to American settlement; over the next 12 years thousands took advantage of the opportunity. During this time the corrupt Santa Anna rose to power. A dishonest and ruthless politician, thief, compulsive gambler, opium addict and liar, he nevetheless gained a measure of popular support and set about destroying federalism. Conflict with the American settlers ('Texians') became inevitable, a conflict which included the legendary Battle of the Alamo. Philip Haythornwaite covers the story of the War of Texan Independence (1835-1936) in a volume backed by a wealth of illustrations and photographs, including eight full page colour plates by Paul Hannon

All That We Can Be: Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way
All That We Can Be
Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way
Paperback      ISBN: 0465001130

The foremost autorities on race relations in the armed forces recount the previously untold success story of how the U.S. Army became the most integrated institution in America. Charles C. Moskos and John Sibley Butler observe that the Army is the only place in America where blacks routinely boss around whites, and in this book they lay out the path by which the Army has promoted excellence across racial lines, while also showing how this military model can be adapted to fit the needs of civilian society. The Army way offers hope for our nation in a troubled time, and by following its example, Americans of all races can truly be all that we can be.

American Military History, Vol. 2: 1902-1996
American Military History, Vol. 2
1902-1996
Paperback      ISBN: 0938289713
American Military History makes available to a civilian audience for the first time a comprehensive view of the parallel development of the American military and the American nation, evaluated in light of the nine principles of war currently recognized by the U.S. military. Volume 2 of this influential work takes the American people and their armed forces in the wider world of the twentieth century, with its global commitments, multi-national operations and mass citizen armies. The decade leading up to 1917 is seen in light of the mixed results of the Spanish-American War, with the Army striving to improve weapons, training, organization and structures of command. America's late entry into World War I is seen as leading to two remarkable accomplishments: the U.S. Army under John J. Pershing maintaining its separate identity despite British and French demands for piecemeal troop replacements, and the rapid mobilization of a large citizen army and wartime industrial production without damaging the domestic economy. The rapidly changing world situation of the 1980s and the U.S. response are fully covered, culminating in the Persian Gulf War. The Gulf War appears in many ways to be a summation of the American military experience, incorporating the rapid mobilization and technical expertise of the world wars with principles of command and maneuver developed by small numbers of determined men at King's Mountain and in the Shenandoah. American Military History was originally designed by the U.S. Army's Office of Military History for the instruction of officer cadets and other military personnel. The work went through various editions from 1956 to 1988, under the direction of Dr. Maurice Matloff. The current two-volume edition has some revisions and has been expanded to give full coverage of the operations and lessons of the Persian Gulf War by Dr. Albert A. Nofi and others.
American Military History: Vol. 1: 1776-1902
American Military History: Vol. 1
1776-1902
Paperback      ISBN: 0938289705
American Military Historycuts to the heart of each war or military campaign in American history. Originally designed with future United States Army officers in mind, this is a true nuts and bolts approach to military history. Volume 1 of this landmark work offers a unique opportunity to learn the principles of war as seen by the current U.S. military leadership. The smaller campaigns and simpler world of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are utilized by the authors to go into greater depth on the principles of war followed or violated by American commanders during the early wars from the Revolution to the War with Spain. A fascinating introduction discusses in depth the nine principles of war currently recognized by the U.S. Army. This is history as few outside of professional military circles have seen it before. American history is presented from a new perspective, beginning with the War of Independence. Some readers will learn for the first time how lesser-known battles like Oriskany and King's Mountain decisively shaped subsequent military thinking, how supply oversights helped doom Burgoyne at Saratoga, or how Nathanael Greene set the stage for Cornwallis' defeat by violating European military principles to meet the conditions for the American frontier. Volume 1 ends with the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection and the Boxer Rebellion, with the United States on the brink of its twentieth century role as a world power. The account of the War with Spain candidly examines the Army's lack of preparedness in contrast to the Navy, and the Importance of the Navy's role in the campaign. The Philippine involvement is placed in the context of America's growing interest in the Pacific, and the Boxer Rebellion is presented as the first time since 1781 that Americans had participated in a multi-national force, the harbinger of things to come. American Military History was originally designed by the U.S. Army's Office of Military History for the instruction of officer cadets and other military personnel. The work went through various editions from 1956 to 1988, under the direction of Dr. Maurice Matloff. The current two-volume edition has some revisions and has been expanded to give full coverage of the operations and lessons of the Persian Gulf War by Dr. Albert A. Nofi and others.
Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield
Ashley's War
The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield
Hardcover      ISBN: 006233381x

In 2010, the Army created Cultural Support Teams, a secret pilot program to insert women alongside Special Operations soldiers battling in Afghanistan. The Army reasoned that women could play a unique role on Special Ops teams: accompanying their male colleagues on raids and, while those soldiers were searching for insurgents, questioning the mothers, sisters, daughters and wives living at the compound. Their presence had a calming effect on enemy households, but more importantly, the CSTs were able to search adult women for weapons and gather crucial intelligence. They could build relationships--woman to woman--in ways that male soldiers in an Islamic country never could.

In Ashley's War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon uses on-the-ground reporting and a finely tuned understanding of the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a unit of women hand-picked from the Army to serve in this highly specialized and challenging role. The pioneers of CST-2 proved for the first time, at least to some grizzled Special Operations soldiers, that women might be physically and mentally tough enough to become one of them.

The price of this professional acceptance came in personal loss and social isolation: the only people who really understand the women of CST-2 are each other. At the center of this story is a friendship cemented by "Glee," video games, and the shared perils and seductive powers of up-close combat. At the heart of the team is the tale of a beloved and effective soldier, Ashley White.

Much as she did in her bestselling The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Lemmon transports readers to a world they previously had no idea existed: a community of women called to fulfill the military's mission to "win hearts and minds" and bound together by danger, valor, and determination. Ashley's War is a gripping combat narrative and a moving story of friendship--a book that will change the way readers think about war and the meaning of service.

--Phil Klay, author of Redeployment
Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield
Ashley's War
The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield
Paperback      ISBN: 0062333828

In 2010, the Army created Cultural Support Teams, a secret pilot program to insert women alongside Special Operations soldiers battling in Afghanistan. The Army reasoned that women could play a unique role on Special Ops teams: accompanying their male colleagues on raids and, while those soldiers were searching for insurgents, questioning the mothers, sisters, daughters and wives living at the compound. Their presence had a calming effect on enemy households, but more importantly, the CSTs were able to search adult women for weapons and gather crucial intelligence. They could build relationships--woman to woman--in ways that male soldiers in an Islamic country never could.

In Ashley's War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon uses on-the-ground reporting and a finely tuned understanding of the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a unit of women hand-picked from the Army to serve in this highly specialized and challenging role. The pioneers of CST-2 proved for the first time, at least to some grizzled Special Operations soldiers, that women might be physically and mentally tough enough to become one of them.

The price of this professional acceptance came in personal loss and social isolation: the only people who really understand the women of CST-2 are each other. At the center of this story is a friendship cemented by "Glee," video games, and the shared perils and seductive powers of up-close combat. At the heart of the team is the tale of a beloved and effective soldier, Ashley White.

Much as she did in her bestselling The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Lemmon transports readers to a world they previously had no idea existed: a community of women called to fulfill the military's mission to "win hearts and minds" and bound together by danger, valor, and determination. Ashley's War is a gripping combat narrative and a moving story of friendship--a book that will change the way readers think about war and the meaning of service.

--Phil Klay, author of Redeployment
Basic Training for Dummies
Basic Training for Dummies
Paperback      ISBN: 0470881232
The easy way to prepare for basic training

Each year, thousands of young Americans attempt to enlist in the U.S. Armed Services. A number of factors during a soldier's training could inhibit successful enlistment, including mental toughness and physical fitness levels. Basic Training For Dummies covers the ins and outs of this initial process, preparing you for the challenges you?ll face before you head off for basic training..

You'll get detailed, week-by-week information on what to expect in basic training for each branch of service, such as physical training, discipline, classroom instruction, drill and ceremony, obstacle courses, simulated war games, self-defense, marksmanship, and other milestones.

  • Tips and information on getting in shape to pass the Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
  • All-important advice on what to pack for boot camp
  • Other title by Powers: ASVAB For Dummies Premier, 3rd Edition, Veterans Benefits For Dummies

Whether you join the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard, Basic Training For Dummies prepares you for the challenge and will help you survive and thrive in boot camp

Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget
Blank Check
The Pentagon's Black Budget
Paperback      ISBN: 0446392758

Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles, this is a thorough, astonishing expose of the "Black Budget"--a 36-billion-dollar cache used by the Pentagon to fund its own agenda of top-secret weapons and wars.