Book Reviews: 10 Military History Books Hot Off the Shelves
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Book Reviews: 10 New Military History Books Hot Off the Presses


Book Reviews: 10 New Military History Books Hot Off the Presses

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The Dark Side of the Civil War, Ernest Hemingway wartime adventures, a forgotten Medal of Honor, and more are the focus of these 10 new books.

By Christopher Miskimon

Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War (Michael C. Adams, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016, $19.95, Softcover) The book examines the human cost of the American Civil War. The war had lasting consequences beyond the immediate ones of battle wounds and disease.

Blood and Sand: Suez, Hungary and Eisenhower’s Campaign for Peace (Alex Von Tunzelmann, Harper, 2016, $29.99, Hardcover) The Suez Crisis and Hungarian Revolution were two events in 1956 with global ramifications. This book details efforts to avert a widening of the two conflicts.

In Their Own Words: Untold Stories of the First World War (Anthony Richards, Imperial War Museums, 2016, $22.50, softcover) This work contains 11 previously untold stories of the war. Each is a personal look from a unique perspective.

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The Chaos of Empire: The British Raj and the Conquest of India (Jon Wilson, Public Affairs, 2016, $29.99, Hardcover) The author holds that the British Empire kept India under control through raw violence. He recounts the Raj from the 1600s until India achieved its independence in 1947.

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 (Nicholas Reynolds, William Morrow, 2017, $27.99, Hardcover) This is a revealing look at the famous author and his espionage activities for both the United States and the Soviet Union. Hemingway was a deeply complex man who led a varied life.

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Veteran’s Reflections: History Preserved (William R. Graser, iUniverse, 2016, $21.95, softcover) The U.S. military has fought wars and helped maintain fragile peace in hot spots around the globe since 1941. This work contains more than 60 accounts of U.S. military veterans who served their country abroad during that time.

Hard Fighting: A History of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry 1900-1946 (Jonathan Hunt, Pen and Sword, 2016, $49.95, Hardcover) This unit served as cavalry, infantry, and armor during nearly a half century of war and peace. Over the course of two world wars, the regiment enhanced its reputation for excellence and professionalism.

Zama 202 BC: Scipio crushes Hannibal in North Africa (Mir Bahmanyar, Osprey Publishing, 2016, $24.00, softcover) This battle marked the end of the Carthaginian general’s string of victories during the Second Punic War. Zama stands as one of the greatest clashes of antiquity.

Disunion: A History of the Civil War (Edited by Ted Widmer, Oxford University Press, 2016, $34.95, Hardcover) The New York Times published a series of articles on the war between 2011 and 2015. This volume collects them in one edition.

Company of Heroes: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company’s War in Vietnam (Eric Poole, Osprey Publishing, 2016, $15.00, Softcover) This work recounts a desperate firefight known as the Mother’s Day Ambush involving the 101st Airborne Brigade that occurred on May 10, 1970. It chronicles one soldier’s heroism in particular within the framework of the overall ordeal.

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