June 2017 Book Review Archives

Cover Book Review Date Published
Forging the Sword Cover

Forging the Sword

Doctrinal Change in the U.S. Army

Benjamin M. Jensen, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 2016, 216 pages

Book Review written by: Col. James S. Powell, PhD, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 2, 2017
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American Power and Liberal Order

A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy

Paul D. Miller, Georgetown University Press, Washington, D.C., 2016, 336 pages

Book Review written by: Staff Sgt. Brian Darling, New Jersey Army National Guard, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey

June 2, 2017
Charlie Mike Cover

Charlie Mike

A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home

Joe Klein, Simon & Schuster, New York, New York, 2015, 320 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Jacob A. Mong, U.S. Army, Retired, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 2, 2017
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My War in Italy

On the Ground and in Flight with the 15th Air Force

Keith W. Mason, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri, 2016, 216 pages

Book Review written by: Maj. Robert Nelson, U.S. Air Force, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 2, 2017
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The Origins of the Grand Alliance

Anglo-American Military Collaboration from the Panay Incident to Pearl Harbor

William T. Johnsen, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 2016, 438 pages

Book Review written by: Mark Montesclaros, Fort Gordon, Georgia

June 2, 2017
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The Drive on Moscow, 1941

Operation Taifun and Germany’s First Great Crisis in World War II

Niklas Zetterling and Anders Frankson, Casemate, Philadelphia, 2012, 336 pages

Book Review written by: Robert R. Phillipson, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 2, 2017
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The Triumph of Empire

The Roman World from Hadrian to Constantine

Michael Kulikowski, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2016, 400 pages

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

June 2, 2017
Born to Battle Cover

Born to Battle

Grant and Forrest: Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga: The Campaigns that Doomed the Confederacy

Jack Hurst, Basic Books, New York, 2012, 512 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Paul Berg, PhD, U.S. Army, Fort Rucker, Alabama

June 2, 2017
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30 Years After

Issues and Representations of the Falklands War

Edited by Carine Berbéri and Monia O’Brien Castro, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, 2015, 214 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Chris Heatherly, U.S. Army, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

June 2, 2017
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WW4

Douglas Cohn, Lyons Press, Guilford, Connecticut, 2016, 264 pages

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

June 2, 2017
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The Leader’s Bookshelf

Adm. James Stavridis and R. Manning Ancell, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2017, 288 pages

Book Review written by: Robert J. Rielly, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 9, 2017
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Counter Jihad

America’s Military Experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria

Brian Glyn Williams, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2016, 400 pages

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

June 9, 2017
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Eyewitness to Chaos

Personal Accounts of the Intervention in Haiti, 1994

Walter E. Kretchik, Potomac Books, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2016, 240 pages

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

June 9, 2017
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Tragedy at Chu Lai

Reconstructing a Deadly Grenade Accident in a US Army Classroom in Vietnam, July 10, 1969

David Venditta, McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2016, 212 pages

Book Review written by: Col. James L. Davis, U.S. Army, Retired, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 9, 2017
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Dawn of Infamy

A Sunken Ship, a Vanished Crew, and the Final Mystery of Pearl Harbor

Stephen Harding, Da Capo Press, Boston, 2016, 280 pages

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

June 9, 2017
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The Royal Air Force in American Skies

The Seven British Flight Schools in the United States during World War II

Tom Killebrew, University of North Texas Press, Denton, Texas, 2015, 464 pages

Book Review written by: Jeffrey Copeland, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado

June 9, 2017
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The Prometheus Bomb

The Manhattan Project and Government in the Dark

Neil J. Sullivan, Potomac Books, Lincoln, Nebrska, 2016, 296 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Russell D. Meyer, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 9, 2017
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Such Troops as These

The Genius and Leadership of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson

Bevin Alexander, Penguin Group, New York, 2014, 336 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Paul Berg, PhD, U.S. Army, Fort Rucker, Alabama

June 9, 2017
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Washington’s Crossing

David Hackett Fischer, Oxford University Press, New York, 2004; 564 pages

Book Review written by: Maj. Jonathan D. Kingsley, U.S. Army, Naval Postgraduate School

June 9, 2017
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Battle Royal

The Wars of Lancaster and York: 1450–1462

Hugh Bicheno, Pegasus Books, New York, 2016, 416 pages

Book Review written by: Col. Thomas S. Bundt, PhD, U.S. Army, Fort Detrick, Maryland

June 9, 2017
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The American Miracle

Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic

Michael Medved, Crown Forum, New York, 2016, 416 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Ross Pollack, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 16, 2017
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How NATO Adapts

Strategy and Organization in the Atlantic Alliance since 1950

Seth A. Johnston, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2016, 272 pages

Book Review written by: Capt. Drew Shepler, U.S. Army, Belgrade, Serbia

June 16, 2017
Able Archer 83 Cover

Able Archer 83

The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Triggered Nuclear War

Edited by Nate Jones, The New Press, New York, 2016, 320 pages

Book Review written by: Mark Wilcox, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 16, 2017
Hunters and Killers: Volume 2 Cover

Hunters and Killers: Volume 2

Anti-Submarine Warfare since 1943

Norman Polmar and Edward Whitman, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2016, 272 pages

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

June 16, 2017
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The Applied Ethics of Emerging Military and Security Technologies

Edited by Braden R. Allenby, Routledge, New York, 2015, 530 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. James W. Welch, U.S. Army, Fort Benning, Georgia

June 16, 2017
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The Chosen Few

A Company of Paratroopers and Its Heroic Struggle to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan

Gregg Zoroya, Da Capo Press, Boston, 2017, 400 pages

Book Review written by: Stephen P. Wuensche, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 16, 2017
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A Field Guide to Antietam

Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People

Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2016, 360 pages

Book Review written by: Col. Thomas S. Bundt, PhD, U.S. Army, Fort Detrick, Maryland

June 16, 2017
Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier Cover

Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier

Edited by M. Jane Johansson, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 2016, 280 pages

Book Review written by: Christopher M. Rein, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 16, 2017
An Iron Wind Cover

An Iron Wind

Europe Under Hitler

Peter Fritzsche, Basic Books, New York, 2016, 376 pages

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

June 16, 2017
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Man of Destiny

FDR and the Making of the American Century

Alonzo L. Hamby, Basic Books, New York, New York, 2015, 512 pages

Book Review written by: Lindsay H. Gudridge, Fort Gordon, Georgia

June 16, 2017
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Sea Power

The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans

Admiral James Stavridis, Penguin Press, New York, 2017, 384 pages

Book Review written by: James Cricks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 23, 2017
Drawdown Cover

Drawdown

The American Way of Postwar

Edited by Jason W. Warren, NYU Press, New York, 2016, 336 pages

Book Review written by: Capt. Drew Shepler, U.S. Army, Belgrade, Serbia

June 23, 2017
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The Life and Work of General Andrew J. Goodpaster

Best Practices in National Security Affairs

C. Richard Nelson, Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland, 2016, 300 pages

Book Review written by: Gary Ryman, Scott Township, Pennsylvania

June 23, 2017
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21st Century Knox

Influence, Sea Power, and History for the Modern Era

Edited by David Kohnen, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2016, 176 pages

Book Review written by: Cdr. John T. Kuehn, U.S. Navy, Retired, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 23, 2017
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Douglas MacArthur

American Warrior

Arthur Herman, Random House, New York, 2016, 960 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Jonathan P. Klug, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 23, 2017
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The Great War and the Middle East

A Strategic Study

Rob Johnson, Oxford University Press, New York, 2016, 400 pages

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

June 23, 2017
The World Remade Cover

The World Remade

America in World War I

G. J. Meyer, Bantam Books, New York, 2017, 672 pages

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

June 23, 2017
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Blood and Fears

How America’s Bomber Boys of the 8th Air Force Saved World War II

Kevin Wilson, Pegasus Books, New York, 2017, 560 pages

Book Review written by: Robert J. Rielly, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 23, 2017
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Elvis’s Army

Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield

Brian McAllister Linn, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2016, 464 pages

Book Review written by: Lt Col. Richard S. Faulkner, PhD, U.S. Army, Retired, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 23, 2017
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Battle Studies

Ardant Du Picq, translated, edited, and introduced by Roger J. Spiller, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2017, 240 pages

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

June 23, 2017
Civil Wars  Cover

Civil Wars

A History in Ideas

David Armitage, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2017, 368 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Troy Lewis, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 30, 2017
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A History of Iran

Empire of the Mind

Michael Axworthy, Basic Books, 2016, 384 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Michael Jones, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, Fort Belvoir, Virginia

June 30, 2017
Europe Since 1989 Cover

Europe Since 1989

A History

Philipp Ther, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 2016, 440 pages

Book Review written by: David A. Anderson, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 30, 2017
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Oppose Any Foe

The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces

Mark Moyar, Basic Books, New York, 2016, 432 pages

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

June 30, 2017
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Pennsylvania

A Military History

William A. Pencak, Christian B. Keller, and Barbara A. Gannon, Westholme Publishing, Yardley, Pennsylvania, 2016, 303 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Tony R. Mullis, PhD, U.S. Air Force, Retired, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

June 30, 2017
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Alias “Paine”

Lewis Thornton Powell, the Mystery Man of the Lincoln Conspiracy

Betty J. Ownsbey, McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2015, 220 pages

Book Review written by: James D. Sharpe, Fort Gordon, Georgia

June 30, 2017
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Pershing’s Crusaders

The American Soldier in World War I

Richard S. Faulkner, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2017, 784 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Edwin L. Kennedy Jr., U.S. Army, Retired, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

June 30, 2017
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American Journalists in the Great War

Rewriting the Rules of Reporting

Chris Dubbs, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2017, 312 pages

Book Review written by: Staff Sgt. Lindsay N. Tramel, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 30, 2017
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At the Edge of the World

The Heroic Century of the French Foreign Legion

Jean-Vincent Blanchard, Bloomsbury Press New York, 2017, 272 pages

Book Review written by: Robert J. Rielly, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 30, 2017
Last to Die Cover

Last to Die

A Defeated Empire, a Forgotten Mission, and the Last American Killed in World War II

Stephen Harding, Da Capo Press, Boston, 2015, 288 pages

Book Review written by: Hiram Morales, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

June 30, 2017