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Marshall and His Generals

U.S. Army Commanders in World War II

General George C. Marshall, chief of staff of the U.S. Army during World War II, faced the daunting task not only of overseeing two theaters of a global conflict but also of selecting the best generals to carry out American grand strategy. Marshall and His Generals is the first and only book to focus entirely on that selection process and the performances, both stellar and disappointing, that followed from it. Stephen Taaffe chronicles and critiques the background, character, achievements, and failures of the more than three dozen general officers chosen for top combat group commands—from commanders like Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur to some nearly forgotten.

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The Mediterranean Air War

Airpower and Allied Victory in World War II

Without what the Allies learned in the Mediterranean air war in 1942-–1944, the Normandy landing--—and so, perhaps, the Second World War II--—would have ended differently. This is one of manyis the lessons of The Mediterranean Air War, the first one-volume history of the vital role of airpower during the three-year struggle for control of the Mediterranean Basin in World War II--—and of its significance for the Allied successess in the war's last two years.

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A Military History of Afghanistan

From the Great Game to the Global War on Terror

The first comprehensive history of over two centuries of warfare and international conflict in Afghanistan, including the Anglo-Afghan wars of the nineteenth century, the early twentieth century struggles over modernization, the fall of the last monarchy, the Soviet-Afghan War, and the twenty-first century US Global War on Terror.

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Military Service and American Democracy

From World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Who Serves? William Taylor shows us why the changing answers to that question matter, not only to the individuals involved but to the health of American democracy. A pioneering work on the political and social history of American military recruiting since the end of World War II.

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The Morenci Marines

The Morenci Marines

Movingly chronicles the lives, deaths, and memory of nine Marines from the mining community of Morenci, Arizona, who were transformed from happy-go-lucky high schoolers to soldiers in Vietnam. Only three of them survived the war. Their story encompasses pride, loss, grief, and the devastating impact of war on a small town.

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Nixon's Nuclear Specter

The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War

An important book and real contribution the literature on the Vietnam War, coercive diplomacy, and the use of nuclear threats.

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The OSS in Burma

Jungle War against the Japanese

A vivid and fascinating account an OSS detachment's evolution from small scale operations to an effective organization operating a major guerilla war behind Japanese lines in Burma.

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The Pacific War and Contingent Victory

Why Japanese Defeat Was Not Inevitable

In this outstanding, immensely useful, and much-needed study, Michael Myers makes a significant contribution to widening our horizon by challenging the blinding assumption that Japan's defeat was inevitable. Of critical value is his analysis of Japanese army and naval strategy, underscoring the difficulty of infusing U.S. military might into the existing balance of forces in 1942-43, as American industry moved toward maximum capacity production and the war in Europe diverted valuable men and materials away from the Pacific.

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Pershing's Crusaders

The American Soldier in World War I

Pershing’s Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War I is the most comprehensive examination of the daily lives, experiences, motivations, morale and attitudes of the doughboys of the Great War.

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Pope’s Soldiers

A Military History of the Modern Vatican

The first general history of the papal armed forces. Provides a comprehensive chronicle of the modern Vatican's Military/security forces from 1796 to the present-day deployment of modern weapons, technology, and skills to protect the Holy Father and the Vatican from terrorists and assassins.

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