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Book Review: Ten Must-Read Books on Military History For April 2017

By Christopher Miskimon

Apache Warrior vs US Cavalryman 1846-86

(Sean McLachlan, Osprey Publishing, 2016, $20.00, softcover)

The struggle of the Apaches in resistance to the inexorable expansion of the United States brought the two groups into a decades-long conflict. This book examines the tactics, training, and equipment of both combatants.

Admiral Bill Halsey: A Naval Life

(Thomas A. Hughes, Harvard University Press, 2016, $35.00, hardcover)

William Frederick “Bull” Halsey Jr. was an aggressive, decisive leader who was known as the “Patton of the Pacific.” This biography explores his exploits, shortcomings, and legacy.
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On the Psychology of Military Incompetence

(Dr. Norman F. Dixon, Basic Books, 2016, $18.99, softcover)

The author explores some of the biggest blunders in military history through the lens of human psychology. He seeks to show that military organizations often discourage innovative leadership.

By Honor Bound: Two Navy SEALS, the Medal of Honor, and a story of Extraordinary Courage

(Tom Norris and Mike Thornton, St. Martin’s Press, 2016, $26.99, hardcover)

The authors are both Medal of Honor recipients for actions during the Vietnam War. Thornton saved Norris’s life, marking the only time a person was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving the life of another who had the medal.

The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel

(Uri Bar-Joseph, Harper Books, 2016, $29.99, hardcover) Ashraf Marwan was a close advisor to Anwar Sadat and the son-in law of Gamal Nasser. This book covers his harrowing achievements as a spy for the Mossad.

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German Propaganda and U.S. Neutrality in World War I

(Chad R. Fulwider, University of Missouri Press, 2016, $60.00, hardcover)

Whether or not the United States would enter World War I was a decisive question for both sides. It sparked an enormous propaganda effort for Germany.

US Special Ops: The History, Weapons and Missions of Elite Military Forces

(Fred Pushies, Voyageur Press, 2016, $29.99, softcover)

American Special Forces have been at the forefront of the nation’s wars since the War of Independence. This book delves into that history while focusing on the War on Terror.

Milvian Bridge AD 312: Constantine’s battle for Empire and Faith

(Ross Cowan, Osprey Publishing, 2016, $24.00, softcover)

This battle marked Constantine’s effort to reunite the fragmented Roman Empire under his rule. The book explores in depth the tactics associated with the epic clash.

1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga

(Dean Snow, Oxford University Press, 2016, $34.95, hardcover)

This work focuses on the end of the Saratoga Campaign, when the British Army was handed a stunning defeat that turned the tide of the war.

Modern Snipers

(Leigh Neville, Osprey Publishing, 2016, $28.00, hardcover)

The sniper has been a major player in world conflict for the last two decades. The author examines how these specialist soldiers have come to be such major factors in recent conflicts.

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