Military History, General
The Development of Tank Warfare
Paperback ISBN: 0304352853
A rare, enlightening account by an outstanding soldier reveals his thoughts and theories on armored warfare and motorized land battle—which he then put in action to devastating effect during World War Two. Guderian’s treatise on the importance of tank development, and on modern mechanized technology, shows exactly why the Germans dominated land warfare in the early stage of the fighting.
Carrying the Flag
The Story of Private Charles Whilden, the Confederacy's Most Unlikely Hero
Hardcover ISBN: 0465069568
Describes how an aging Charleston desk clerk suffering from epilepsy became an unlikely hero during the 1864 Battle of Spotsylvania during the Civil War. 40,000 first printing.
Inside Delta Force
The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit
Paperback ISBN: 0440237335
A founding member and veteran of Delta Force goes behind the scenes of the elite counterterrorist unit to describe its grueling selection process, difficult training regimen, and some of its secret missions in various trouble spots around the world. Reprint.
Now They Tell Us
The American Press and Iraq
Paperback ISBN: 1590171292
Michael Massing describes the American press coverage of the war in Iraq as "the unseen war," an ironic reference given the number of reporters in Iraq and in Doha, Qatar, the location of the Coalition Media Center with its $250,000 stage set. He argues that a combination of self-censorship, lack of real information given by the military at briefings, boosterism, and a small number of reporters familiar with Iraq and fluent in Arabic deprived the American public of reliable information while the war was going on. Massing also is highly critical of American press coverage of the Bush administration's case for war prior to the invasion of Iraq: US journalists were far too reliant on sources sympathetic to the administration. Those with dissenting views--and there were more than a few--were shut out. Reflecting this, the coverage was highly deferential to the White House. This was especially apparent on the issue of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction .... Despite abundant evidence of the administration's brazen misuse of intelligence in this matter, the press repeatedly let officials get away with it. Once Iraq was occupied and no WMDs were found, the press was quick to report on the flaws of pre-war intelligence. But as Massing's detailed analysis demonstrates, pre-war journalism was also deeply flawed, as too many reporters failed to independently evaluate administration claims about Saddam's weapons programs or the inspection process. The press's postwar "feistiness" stands in sharp contrast to its "submissiveness" and "meekness" before the war--when it might have made a difference.
Bayonets Before Bullets
The Imperial Russian Army, 1861-1914
Hardcover ISBN: 0253337453
In the first comprehensive institutional and operational history of the Imperial Russian Army during the crucial period of its modernization, Bruce W. Menning surveys the development of organization, doctrine, and strategy from the aftermath of Russia's defeat in the Crimean War through the wars against Turkey in 1877-1878 and Japan in 1904-1905, to the eve of World War I. Menning weaves analysis of reforms in technology and military an with lively accounts of combat operations and portraits of the personalities involved. Enhanced by superb battlefield maps, operational diagrams, and rare photographs of the leading Russian military commanders, Bayonets before Bullets offers a fascinating account of the Russian Army's struggle to modernize during a critical era of change.
A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II
Paperback ISBN: 0684872889
Presents the story of financier Alfred Lee Loomis and his role in the American victory during World War II, discussing Tuxedo Park, the lavish safe haven he created for some of the world's greatest scientists to meet and share ideas.