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  • The Good Warby Jack Fairweather

    Random House 2014; US$ 27.30

    In its earliest days, the American-led war in Afghanistan appeared to be a triumph - a ?good war? in comparison to the debacle in Iraq. It has since turned into one of the longest and most expensive wars in recent history. The story of how this good war went so bad may well turn out to be a defining tragedy of the twenty-first century - yet, as... more...

  • When Books Went to Warby Molly Guptill Manning

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014; US$ 25.00

    While the Nazis were burning hundreds of millions of books across Europe, America printed and shipped 140 million books to its troops. The story of how the books were received, how they connected soldiers with authors, and how an army of librarians and publishers lifted spirits and built a new democratic audience of readers is as inspiring today as... more...

  • First to Jumpby Jerome Preisler

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 12.99

    The U.S. Army Pathfinders. The vanguard of the Allied forces in World War II Europe. Countless times they preceded invasions and battles vital to bringing the enemy to its knees. Because before the front lines could move forward, the Pathfinders had to move behind enemy lines . . . The first into combat, and the last out, their advance jumps... more...

  • Air Warfare in the Missile Ageby Lon O. Nordeen

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 24.95

    Lon O. Nordeen has completely updated his 1985 chronicle of military aviation?s evolving role in warfare, now covering the major conflicts of the past four decades. He presents the historical and political background of each conflict and includes in-depth discussions of the aircraft, weapons, tactics, training, new systems, and other factors that influenced... more...

  • Mustang Designerby Ray Wagner

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 19.95

    Mustang Designer tells the story of American wartime fighter development, including engines and armaments, as part of a nationwide program of aircraft builders and fliers, focusing on Edgar Schmued, the designer of the Mustang. The P-51 Mustang is widely regarded as the best propeller-driven fighter that ever flew. What many might not realize is... more...

  • Confronting Political Islamby IV John M. Owen

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    How should the Western world today respond to the challenges of political Islam? Taking an original approach to answer this question, Confronting Political Islam compares Islamism?s struggle with secularism to other prolonged ideological clashes in Western history. By examining the past conflicts that have torn Europe and the Americas?and how they... more...

  • Australia 1901 - 2001by Andrew Tink

    NewSouth 2014; US$ 19.99

    Andrew Tink’s superb book tells the story of Australia in the twentieth century, from Federation to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. A century marked by the trauma of war and the despair of the depression, balanced by extraordinary achievements in sport, science and the arts. A country underpinned by a political system that worked most of the time and... more...

  • Trial By Gasby George H. Cassar

    Potomac Books Inc. 2014; US$ 29.95

    World War I has long captured the macabre imagination for the seemingly willful manner in which nations sent their young men to die in droves while fighting over essentially the same patch of land for four long years. The vision of those senseless deaths becomes even harsher and more depraved when we consider how many soldiers were killed by poison... more...

  • Royal Navy Uniforms 1930-1945by Martin J Brayley

    Crowood 2014; US$ 29.17

    Royal Navy Uniforms 1930-1945 uses over 400 illustrations - both period images and new colour photographs of original items - to show the clothing of both Officers and Ratings in World War II and during the years leading up to it, when Naval uniforms underwent significant modernization. The illustrations are supported by detailed text describing the... more...

  • Coastal Command's Air War Against the German U-Boatsby Norman Franks

    Pen and Sword 2014; US$ 14.99

    This book summarises the story of how RAF Coastal Command overcame the German U-boat danger during the Second World War and how the escalation of the U-boat war promoted the development of anti-submarine warfare, leading to victory over this menace in the Atlantic. At the start of the war, RAF Coastal Command had virtually no real chance of either... more...