July 2017 Book Review Archives

Cover Book Review Date Published
War and the Art of Governance Cover

War and the Art of Governance

Consolidating Combat Success into Political Victory

Nadia Schadlow, Georgetown University Press, Washington, D.C. 2017, 344 pages

Book Review written by: Col. Kevin C. M. Benson, PhD, U.S. Army, Retired, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 7, 2017
The Secret State Cover

The Secret State

A History of Intelligence and Espionage

Col. John Hughes-Wilson, Pegasus Books, New York, 2017, 528 pages

Book Review written by: John G. Breen, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 7, 2017
When Soldiers Fall Cover

When Soldiers Fall

How Americans Have Confronted Combat Losses from World War I to Afghanistan

Steven Casey, Oxford University Press, New York, 2014, 320 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Christopher Ellis, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 7, 2017
The Politics of Mourning

The Politics of Mourning

Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery

Micki McElya, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2016, 416 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Christopher Ellis, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 7, 2017
An Untaken Road Cover

An Untaken Road

Strategy, Technology, and the Hidden History of America’s Mobile ICBMs

Steven A. Pomeroy, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2016, 304 pages

Book Review written by: Harold A. Laurence, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 7, 2017
World War I and American Art Cover

World War I and American Art

Edited by Robert Cozzolino, Amy Classen Knutson, and David M. Lubin, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 2016, 320 pages

Book Review written by: Dirk C. Blackdeer, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 7, 2017
Harnessing the Sky Cover

Harnessing the Sky

Frederick “Trap” Trapnell, the U.S. Navy’s Aviation Pioneer, 1923-1952

Fredrick M. Trapnell and Dana Trapnell Tibbitts, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 288 pages

Book Review written by: Jesse McIntyre III, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 7, 2017
Why Wilson Matters Cover

Why Wilson Matters

The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today

Tony Smith, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 2017, 352 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Robert D. Spessert, U.S. Army, Retired, Fort Gordon, Georgia

July 7, 2017
Britain’s War Cover

Britain’s War

Into Battle: 1937-1941

Daniel Todman, Oxford University Press, New York, 2016, 848 pages

Book Review written by: Col. Eric M. Walters, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, Fort Lee, Virginia

July 7, 2017
Desperate Surgery in the Pacific War Cover

Desperate Surgery in the Pacific War

Doctors and Damage Control for American Wounded, 1941–1945

Thomas Helling, McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2017, 476 pages

Book Review written by: Maj. Matthew R. Prescott, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 7, 2017
Containment and Credibility Cover

Containment and Credibility

The Ideology and Deception that Plunged America into the Vietnam War

Pat Proctor, Carrell Books, New York, 2016, 532 pages

Book Review written by: Thomas E. Hanson, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 7, 2017
The Ragged Edge Cover

The Ragged Edge

A US Marine’s Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion

Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp, Chicago Review Press, Chicago, 2017, 384 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Jason E. Pelletier, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 14, 2017
Courage in Combat Cover

Courage in Combat

Stories By and About Recipients of the Nation’s Highest Decorations

Richard J. Rinaldo, Casemate, Philadelphia, 2017, 400 pages

Book Review written by: David D. Haught, Fort Belvoir, Virginia

July 14, 2017
Sting of the Bee Cover

Sting of the Bee

A Day-By-Day Account of Wounded Knee and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890–1891 as Recorded in the Omaha Bee

C. H. Cressey and S. L. Russell, Russell Martial Research, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 2016, 322 pages

Book Review written by: Capt. Eugene M. Harding, U.S. Army National Guard, Auburn, Indiana

July 14, 2017
The Guerrilla Hunters Cover

The Guerrilla Hunters

Irregular Conflicts during the Civil War

Edited by Brian McKnight and Barton A. Myers, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2017, 416 pages

Book Review written by: Jesse McIntyre III, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 14, 2017
A Rainbow Division Lieutenant in France Cover

A Rainbow Division Lieutenant in France

The World War I Diary of John H. Tabor

John H. Tabor and edited by Stephen H. Tabor, McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2015, 224 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Kurt W. Roberts, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 14, 2017
Trail of Hope Cover

Trail of Hope

The Anders Army, an Odyssey across Three Continents

Norman Davies, Osprey, New York, 2015, 600 pages

Book Review written by: John E. Fahey, PhD, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York

July 14, 2017
Hitler’s Wehrmacht, 1935-1945 Cover

Hitler’s Wehrmacht, 1935-1945

Rolf-Dieter Müller, trans. by Janice Ancker, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 2016, 248 pages

Book Review written by: Scott Stephenson, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 14, 2017
Operation Agreement Cover

Operation Agreement

John Sadler, Osprey, New York, 2016, 340 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. W. Bryan Green, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 14, 2017
Bataan Survivor Cover

Bataan Survivor

A POW’s Account of Japanese Captivity in World War II

David L. Hardee and edited by Frank A. Blazich Jr., University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri, 2016, 320 pages

Book Review written by: Frederick A. Baillergeon, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 14, 2017
Agincourt Cover

Agincourt

Anne Curry, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2015, 256 pages

Book Review written by: Thomas E. Ward II, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 14, 2017
Conversations with Major Dick Winters Cover

Conversations with Major Dick Winters

Life Lessons from the Commander of the Band of Brothers

Cole E. Kingseed, Dutton Caliber, New York, 2014, 304 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. John H. Modinger, PhD, U.S. Air Force, Retired, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 21, 2017
Instrument of War Cover

Instrument of War

The German Army 1914-18

Dennis Showalter, Osprey Publishing, New York, 2016, 328 pages

Book Review written by: Scott Stephenson, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 21, 2017
The Life and Times of General Andrew Pickens Cover

The Life and Times of General Andrew Pickens

Revolutionary War Hero, American Founder

Rod Andrew, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2017, 424 pages

Book Review written by: Jesse McIntyre III, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 21, 2017
Against the Tide Cover

Against the Tide

Rickover’s Leadership Principles and the Rise of the Nuclear Navy

Rear Adm. (Ret.) Dave Oliver, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2014, 192 pages

Book Review written by: James F. Buckley, Fort Belvoir, Virginia

July 21, 2017
Commanders and Command in the Roman Republic and Early Empire Cover

Commanders and Command in the Roman Republic and Early Empire

Fred K. Drogula, University of North Caroline Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2015, 432 pages

Book Review written by: Donald B. Connelly, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 21, 2017
The 1st Infantry Division and the US Army Transformed Cover

The 1st Infantry Division and the US Army Transformed

Road to Victory in Desert Storm, 1970–1991

Gregory Fontenot, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri, 2017, 560 pages

Book Review written by: Frederick A. Baillergeon, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 28, 2017
Rebooting Clausewitz Cover

Rebooting Clausewitz

On War in the 21st Century

Christopher Coker, Oxford University Press, New York, 2017, 176 pages

Book Review written by: Scott Stephenson, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 28, 2017
Braxton Bragg Cover

Braxton Bragg

The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy

Earl J. Hess, University of North Caroline Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2016, 368 pages

Book Review written by: Joseph R. Bailey, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 28, 2017
Atlas of the Eastern Front Cover

Atlas of the Eastern Front

1941–45

Robert Kirchubel, Osprey Publishing, New York, 2016, 272 pages

Book Review written by: Curtis S. King, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 28, 2017
Escape from Bataan Cover

Escape from Bataan

Memoir of a United State Navy Ensign in the Philippines, October 1941 to May 1942

Ross E. Hofmann, edited by David L. Snead and Anne B. Craddock, McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2016, 228 pages

Book Review written by: Jesse McIntyre III, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

July 28, 2017