Blair Pierce Turner - Books Received - Journal of Military History 67:1 The Journal of Military History 67.1 (2003) 320-323

Books Received

Compiler: Blair P. Turner,
Virginia Military Institute


Above and Beyond: The Aviation Medals of Honor. By Barrett Tillman. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002. ISBN 1-58834-056-2. Photographs. Tables. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. x, 294. $29.95. Biographical sketches of over 100 awardees.

The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age. By Eric H. Cline. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002. ISBN 0-472-06739-7. Maps. Photographs. Tables. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Paper. Pp. 239. $17.95. Reissue of the 2000 historical and archaeological study of 4,000 years of warfare on the site in Israel.

Diné: A History of the Navajos. By Peter Iverson. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002. ISBN 0-8263-2715-X. Maps. Photographs. Illustrations. Notes. Index. Paper. Pp. xiii, 386. $21.95.

An Enduring Framework for Assessing the Contributions of Force Structure to a Coercive Strategy. By Eric A. Beene, LtCol, USAF. Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.: Air University Press, 2002. Illustrations. Tables. Notes. Appendixes. Paper. Pp. ix, 79. A thesis from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies.

Lost Subs: From the Hunley to the Kursk, the Greatest Submarines Ever Lost—and Found. By Spencer Dunmore. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2002. ISBN 0-306-81140-5. Photographs. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index. Pp. 176. $35.00. An illustrated survey of famous submarine rescues and a general paean to the submarine service.

The Politics of Coercion: Toward a Theory of Coercive Airpower for Post-Cold War Conflict. By Lt. Col. Ellwood P. "Skip" Hinman IV, USAF. Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.: Air University Press, 2002. Notes. Bibliography. Paper. Pp. 73. Cadre Paper Number 14 from the College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education.

The Tragedy of the Middle East. By Barry Rubin. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-521-80623-2. Notes. Index. Pp. viii, 287. $29.00. An analysis of the contemporary situation in the Arab world focuses on failures of leadership, which make the region incapable of escaping chronic "turbulence and dictatorship."

U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History. By Norman Friedman. Ship Plans by A. D. Baker. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2002. ISBN 1-55750-250-1. Photographs. Illustrations. Tables. Appendixes. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xx, 658. $85.00. Large format, comprehensive catalogue of amphibious ship types.

U.S. National Security. By Cynthia A. Watson. Santa Barbara: Calif.: ABC CLIO, 2002. ISBN 1-57607-598-2. Sources. Index. Pp. xii, 356. $45.00. A teaching tool, with extensive documents, from the Contemporary World Issues series.

U.S. Special Forces: A Guide to America's Special Operations Units, The World's Most Elite Fighting Force. By Samuel A. Southworth and Stephen Tanner. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2002. [End Page 320] Photographs. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index. Paper. Pp. vi, 282. $16.95. A pocket guide to all current U.S. Special Forces groups.

Waging Modern War. By General Wesley K. Clark. New York: Public Affairs, 2002. ISBN 1-58648-139-8. Maps. Photographs. Index. Paper. Pp. xxxii, 479. $18.00. Reissue of the 2001 critique of contemporary strategy.

18th and 19th Century

The Civil War in Photographs. By William C. Davis. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.: Carlton Books, 2002. ISBN 1-84222-636-3. Photographs. Illustrations. Pp. 255. $39.95. Over 300 selected images and supportive text by the Director of Programs at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies.

The Cowpens-Guilford Courthouse Campaign.By Burke Davis. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002. ISBN 0-8122-1832-9. Maps. Index. Paper. Pp. 208. $14.95. Reissue of the 1962 history of the decisive campaign in the Carolinas during the American Revolution.

Disaster at the Colorado: Beale's Wagon Road and the First Emigrant Party. By Charles W. Baley. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-87421-437-8. Maps. Photographs. Illustrations. Appendixes. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Paper. Pp. xi, 216. $19.95. The saga of the first attempt to cross to California via a southern route which became little used as a result of the difficulties encountered.

The 1862 Army Officer's Pocket Companion: A Manual for Staff Officers in the Field. By William P. Craighill. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 2002. Tables. Figures. Index. Pp. 314. $19.95. Facsimile edition of the manual used by the U.S. Army during the Civil War.

"First Reich": Inside the German Army During the War With France. By David Stone. London: Brassey's, 2002. ISBN 1-85753-341-0. Maps. Illustrations. Appendixes. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. 320. £25.00. A history of the Franco-Prussian War, "the first European war of the modern military era" leading to the establishment, in essence, of the real "First Reich."

Glory at a Gallop: Tales of the Confederate Cavalry. By William R. Brooksher and David K. Snider. Gretna, La.: Pelican Publishing, 2002 [1993, 1995]. ISBN 1-58980-058-3. Bibliography. Index. Paper. Pp. xix, 259. $15.95. Reissue of the 1993 chronicle of the exploits of Confederate cavalry forces.

Grant: A Biography. By William S. McFeely. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002. ISBN 0-393-32394-3. Photographs. Illustrations. Notes. Selected bibliography. Index. Paper. Pp. xiii, 592. $19.95. Reissue of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography.

The Hanging of Old Brown: A Story of Slaves, Statesmen, and Redemption. By Gregory Toledo. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 2002. ISBN 0-275-97479-0. Notes. Bibliographical essay. Index. Pp. xiv, 276. $64.95. An account of John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry and sympathetic biography of the protagonist.

The Last Battle of the Civil War: Palmetto Ranch. By Jeffrey Wm. Hunt. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002. ISBN 0-292-73461-1. Maps. Photographs. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Paper. Pp. xiv, 217. $22.95. An account of the last battle of the Civil War, a month after Appomattox, from the Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series.

Shanks: The Life and Wars of General Nathan G. Evans, CSA. By Jason H. Silverman et al. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2002. ISBN 0-306-81147-2. Photographs. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. 216. $26.00. Biography of the controversial commander of the South Carolina Brigade.

A Short, Offhand, Killing Affair: Soldiers and Social Conflict During the Mexican-American War. By Paul Foos. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. ISBN 0-8078-5405-0. Map. Illustrations. Tables. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Paper. Pp. 223. $18.95. An unflattering analysis of American troop recruiting and behavior during the Mexican War.

The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Long [End Page 321] street's Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. Edited by Ronald Moseley. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-86554-807-2. Maps. Notes. Index. Pp. xxviii, 309. $35.00. One hundred twenty-seven letters from a soldier in the 53d Georgia covering two and one-half years of the Civil War from the Seven Days to Cedar Creek.

Since 1900

The Battle of the Huertgen Forest. By Charles B. MacDonald. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003. ISBN 0-8122-1831-0. Maps. Index. Paper. Pp. 215. $14.95. Reissue of the 1963 memoir of the WWII battle by the author of Company Commander.

Battle Wounds of Iwo Jima. By Thomas M. Brown, MD. New York: Vantage Press, 2002. ISBN 0-533-14086-2. Photographs. Illustrations. Paper. Pp. xxv, 171. $11.95. Memoirs of a battalion surgeon with the 27th Marines at Iwo Jima.

Blaze in the Boondocks: Fighting on America's Imperial Frontier in the Philippines, 1899-1913. Edited by Richard K. Kolb. Kansas City, Mo.: VFW Publications Dept., 2002. Photographs. Illustrations. Paper. Pp. 43. A large format, illustrated, commemorative teaching guide assembled by the staff of VFW Magazine.

Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf, First Commandant of the Coast Guard. By
C. Douglas Kroll. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2002. ISBN 1-55750-474-1. Map. Photographs. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xx, 160. $36.95. Biography of the last Commandant of the Revenue Cutter Service who then became the first Commandant of the Coast Guard in 1915.

Crises in the Contemporary Persian Gulf. Edited by Barry Rubin. Portland, Ore.: Frank Cass, 2002. ISBN 0-7146-5267-9. Notes. Index. Pp. xii, 324. $57.50. Twelve analysts offer views on strategic issues in the Gulf.

Fighting with Popski's Private Army. By Park Yunnie. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 2002 [1959]. ISBN 1-85367-500-8. Photographs. Paper. Pp. 386. $19.95. New edition of a 1959 memoir by the second in command of a British commando unit in North Africa and Italy.

Flying Blind: A Memoir of Biplane Flying over Waziristan in the Last Days of British Rule in India. By Geoffrey Morley-Mower. Las Cruces, N.M.: Yucca Tree Press, 2000. ISBN 1-881325-40-7. Maps. Photographs. Illustrations. Glossary. Appendixes. Notes. Index. Pp. xi, 289. $25.00. Adventures over the Afghan border in the late 1930s.

Forgotten Heroes of World War II: Personal Accounts of Ordinary Soldiers. By Thomas E. Simmons. Nashville, Tenn.: Cumberland House, 2002. ISBN 1-58182-321-5. Photographs. Illustrations. Paper. Pp. 254. $14.95. The stories of 14 individuals, including one Japanese, provide a glimpse of action in all theaters of the war.

German Students' War Letters. Edited by Philipp Witkop. Translated by A. F. Wedd. Philadelphia: Pine Street Books, 2002. ISBN 0-8122-1816-7. Paper. Pp. 375. $15.95. This new edition of a 1929 work with a new forward revisits the effort to construct a "specifically German cultural memory out of the upheaval of the Great War."

A Gift of Barbed Wire: America's Allies Abandoned in South Vietnam. By Robert S. McKelvey. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002. ISBN 0-295-98224-1. Glossary. Notes. Index. Pp. xxii, 267. $28.95. Profiles of South Vietnamese officials and their difficult survival experiences after the U.S. withdrawal.

Hale's Handful . . . Up from the Ashes: The Forging of the Seventh Air Force from the Ashes of Pearl Harbor to the Triumph of VJ-day. By Peter S. H. Ellis. Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.: Air University Press, 2002. Maps. Figures. Notes. Paper. Pp. xi, 81. A thesis from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies.

"Honoring Those Who Paid the Price": Forgotten Voices from the Korean War. By Randy K. Mills. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press, 2002. Photographs. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xx, 276. $29.95. The Korean War as seen through the eyes of veterans from Indiana. [End Page 322]

Horror in the East: Japan and the Atrocities of World War II. By Laurence Rees. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2002. ISBN 0-306-81178-2. Map. Photographs. References. Index. Pp. 160. $24.00. An analysis of the collective psychic shift in Japan during the years after World War I which made it a culture capable of massive atrocities in World War II.

Kamikaze: Japan's Suicide Gods. By Albert Axell and Hideaki Kase. Harlow, U.K.: Pearson Education, 2002. ISBN 0-582-77232-X. Maps. Photographs. Illustrations. Appendixes. Index. Pp. xiv, 274. £19.99. A study of the famous Japanese suicide squadrons with reference to current Islamic extremist suicide organizations.

The Knights of Bushido: A Short History of Japanese War Crimes. By Lord Russell of Liverpool. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 2002 [1958]. ISBN 1-85367-499-0. Photographs. Appendix. Index. Pp. xvi, 335. $34.95. Reissue of the standard account from 1958, written by the Deputy Judge Advocate General for the British Army of the Rhine; a sequel to his well-known account of German war crimes of 1954 (see below).

My War. By Andy Rooney. New York: Public Affairs, 2002. ISBN 1-58648-159-2. Photographs. Illustrations. Index. Paper. Pp. xiii, 333. $14.00. Paper edition of the best-selling 1995 memoir.

Naval Leadership in Korea: The First Six Months. By Thomas B. Buell. Washington: Naval Historical Center, 2002. ISBN 0-945274-46-7. Photographs. Sources. Paper. Pp. ix, 50. $8.50. The second monograph in the Naval Historical Center's commemorative series for the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War examines the role of the Navy's senior leadership at the beginning of the war within the context of interservice rivalry.

The Nazi Germany Sourcebook: An Anthology of Texts. By Roderick Stackelberg and Sally A. Winkle. New York: Routledge, 2002. ISBN 0-415-22214-1. Maps. Photographs. Illustrations. Tables. Notes. Index. Paper. Pp. xx, 455. $27.95. An edited collection of 148 documents dealing with Nazism, dating from 1850 to 2000.

Reaper Leader: The Life of Jimmy Flatley. By Steve Ewing. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2002. ISBN 1-55750-
205-6. Maps. Photographs. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xix, 384. $36.95. Biography of an important Navy carrier fighter tactician in World War II.

Red Sky in the Morning: The Battle of the Barents Sea, 1942. By Michael Pearson. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 2002. ISBN 1-84037-339-3. Maps. Illustrations. Photographs. Appendixes. Notes. Select bibliography. Index. Pp. 154. $24.95. The story of the famous British naval victory over German surface convoy raiders in December of 1942.

Rendezvous with Death: American Poems of the Great War. By Mark W. Van Wienen. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2002. ISBN 0-252-07059-3. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Indexes. Paper. Pp. xiv, 363. $19.95. "Reveals American poets' shifting, conflicting reactions to the war and highlights their efforts to shape U.S. policies and define American attitudes."

The Rescue of the Gale Runner: Death, Heroism, and the U.S. Coast Guard. By Dennis L. Noble. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002. ISBN 0-8130-2555-9. Maps. Photographs. Notes. Index. Pp. xx, 280. $55.00. Narrates a February 1997 rescue mission off the coast of Washington state, which cost the lives of three Coast Guardsmen, and faults senior leadership.

Ridgway's Paratroopers: The American Airborne in World War II. By Clay Blair. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2002. ISBN 1-55750-299-4. Maps. Photographs. Notes. Index. Paper. Pp. 588. $24.95. Reissue of the 1985 history.

Scourge of the Swastika: A Short History of Nazi War Crimes. By Lord Russell of Liverpool. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 2002. ISBN 1-85367-498-2. Photographs. Index. Pp. x, 257. $34.95. Reissue of the authoritative 1954 study.

Verschollen: World War I U-Boat Losses. By Dwight R. Messimer. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2002. ISBN 1-55750-475-X. Maps. Photographs. Appendixes. Index. Pp. ix, 341. $36.95. Brief accounts of the 203 German U-boats "lost without a trace" in World War I.


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