May 2017 Book Review Archives

Cover Book Review Date Published
Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention Cover

Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

Scott Straus, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., 2016, 264 pages

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

May 5, 2017
Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Cover

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

A Global History

Jeremy Black, Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland, 2016, 288 pages

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

May 5, 2017
The Namibian War of Independence, 1966-1989 Cover

The Namibian War of Independence, 1966-1989

Diplomatic, Economic and Military Campaigns

Richard Dale, McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2014, 216 pages

Book Review written by: Patrick Wesner, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 5, 2017
A Noble Cause Cover

A Noble Cause

American Battlefield Victories in Vietnam

Douglas Niles, Caliber, New York, 2015, 336 pages

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

May 5, 2017
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Uphill Battle

Reflections on Viet Nam Counterinsurgency

Frank Scotton, Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, Texas, 2014, 464 pages

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

May 5, 2017
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Apostles of the Alps

Mountaineering and Nation Building in Germany and Austria, 1860-1939

Tait Keller, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2016, 304 pages

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

May 5, 2017
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The Perfect Horse

The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis

Elizabeth Letts, Ballantine Books, New York, 2016, 400 pages

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

May 5, 2017
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Bushwackers

Guerrilla Warfare, Manhood, and the Household in Civil War Missouri

Joseph M. Beilein Jr., Kent State University Press, Kent, Ohio, 2016, 304 pages

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

May 5, 2017
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Napoleon

Soldier of Destiny

Michael Broers, Pegasus Books, New York, 2015, 608 pages

Book Review written by: Andrew B. Mitchell, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 5, 2017
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Magna Carta

The Birth of Liberty

Dan Jones, Viking Press, New York, 2015, 288 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Kevin E. Gentzler, U.S. Army, Retired, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 5, 2017
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The Invention of Russia

From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War

Arkady Ostrovsky, Viking Press, New York, 2015, 384 pages

Book Review written by: Timothy L. Thomas, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 12, 2017
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Pax Romana

War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World

Adrian Goldsworthy, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut, 2016, 528 pages

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

May 12, 2017
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Genghis Khan and the Quest for God

How the World’s Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom

Jack Weatherford, Viking Press, New York, 2016, 432 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col Thomas Ficarra, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 12, 2017
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21st Century Patton

Strategic Insights for the Modern Era

Edited by J. Furman Daniel III, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2016, 154 pages

Book Review written by: Capt. Colin Marcum, U.S. Army, Fort Bliss, Texas

May 12, 2017
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John Birch

A Life

Terry Lautz, Oxford University Press, New York, 2016, 317 pages

Book Review written by: Gates M. Brown, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 12, 2017
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His Father’s Son

The Life of General Ted Roosevelt Jr.

Tim Brady, Penguin Random House, New York, 2017, 340 pages

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

May 12, 2017
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Kearny’s Dragoons Out West

The Birth of the U.S. Cavalry

Will Gorenfeld and John Gorenfeld, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, 2016, 480 pages

Book Review written by: Maj. Nathan A. Jennings, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 12, 2017
Dagger 22 Cover

Dagger 22

U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations in the Bala Murghab, Afghanistan

Michael Golembesky, Saint Martin’s Press, New York, 2016, 336 pages

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

May 12, 2017
The Big Stick Cover

The Big Stick

The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force

Eliot A. Cohen, Basic Books, New York, 2016, 228 pages

Book Review written by: Cadet Casey McNicholas, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

May 12, 2017
The Spanish Foreign Legion in Spanish Civil War, 1936 Cover

The Spanish Foreign Legion in Spanish Civil War, 1936

Jose Alvarez, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri, 2016, 307 pages

Book Review written by: Dr. Scott Stephenson, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 12, 2017
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Russia’s Last Gasp

The Eastern Front 1916-17

Prit Buttar, Osprey Publishing, New York, 2016, 496 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Jeffrey L. LaFace, U.S. Army, Retired, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 19, 2017
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The West Point History of World War II, Volume II

United States Military Academy, eds. Clifford J. Rogers, Ty Seidule, and Steve R. Waddell, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2016, 370 pages

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

May 19, 2017
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The Fleet at Flood Tide

America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945

James D. Hornfischer, Bantam Books, New York, 2016, 640 pages

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

May 19, 2017
Herbert Hoover Cover

Herbert Hoover

A Life

Glen Jeansonne, New American Library, New York, 2016, 464 pages

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

May 19, 2017
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Civil War Infantry Tactics

Training, Combat and Small Unit Effectiveness

Earl J. Hess, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2015, 368 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Ronald T. Staver, U.S. Army, Retired, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 19, 2017
Lt. Spalding in Civil War Louisiana Cover

Lt. Spalding in Civil War Louisiana

A Union Officer’s Humor, Privilege and Ambition

Michael D. Pierson, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2016, 208 pages

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

May 19, 2017
Iron Dawn Cover

Iron Dawn

The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle that Changed History

Richard Snow, Scribner, New York, 2016, 395 pages

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

May 19, 2017
The Swamp Fox Cover

The Swamp Fox

How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution

John Oller, DaCapo Press, Boston, 2016, 400 pages

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

May 19, 2017
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The Tail Wags the Dog

International Politics and the Middle East

Efraim Karsh, Bloomsbury, New York, 2015, 256 pages

Book Review written by: Brig. Gen. John C. Hanley, PhD, U.S. Army, Retired, La Crosse, Wisconsin

May 19, 2017
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America Warfighter

Brotherhood, Survival, and Uncommon Valor in Iraq, 2003-2011

J. Pepper Bryars, 2016, 350 pages

Book Review written by: Capt. Daniel M. Jansen, U.S. Army, Fort Hood, Texas

May 19, 2017
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Cyber Insecurity

Navigating the Perils of the Next information Age

Edited by Richard M Harrison and Trey Herr, Rowan & Littlefield New York, 2016, 412 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. George Hodge, U.S. Army, Retired, Lansing, Kansas

May 25, 2017
A Torch Kept Lit Cover

A Torch Kept Lit

Great Lives of the Twentieth Century

William F. Buckley Jr. and James Rosen, ed., Crown Forum, New York, 2016, 336 pages

Book Review written by: Col. Robert G. Young, U.S. Army, Retired, Fort Gordon, Georgia

May 25, 2017
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Superpower

Three Choices for America’s Role in the World

Ian Bremmer, Portfolio, New York, 2015, 256 pages

Book Review written by: Capt. Charles A. Staab, U.S. Army, Monterey, California

May 25, 2017
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One Nation Divided by Slavery

Remembering the American Revolution While Marching toward the Civil War

Michael F. Conlin, Kent State University Press, Kent, Ohio, 2015, 240 pages

Book Review written by: Richard E. Berkebile, PhD, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 25, 2017
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Wolford’s Cavalry

The Colonel, the War in the West, and the Emancipation Question in Kentucky

Dan Lee, Potomac Books, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2016, 312 pages

Book Review written by: Lt. Col. Edward “Ted” Johnson, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 25, 2017
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Thieves’ Road

The Black Hills Betrayal and Custer’s Path to Little Bighorn

Terry Mort, Prometheus Books, Amherst, New York, 2015, 336 pages

Book Review written by: Michel E. Weaver, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 25, 2017
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Vietnam’s High Ground

Armed Struggle for the Central Highlands, 1954-1965

J. P. Harris, University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas, 2016, 552 pages

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

May 25, 2017
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Rogue Heroes

The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit that Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War

Ben MacIntyre, Crown Publishing, New York, 2016, 400 pages

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

May 25, 2017
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African Colonial Prisoners of the Germans

A Pictorial History of Captive Soldiers in the World Wars

Paul Garson, McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina, June 2016, 216 pages

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

May 25, 2017
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The Secret History of World War II

Spies, Code Breakers & Covert Operations

Neil Kagan and Stephen W. Rendell, National Geographic, Washington, D.C., 2016, 352 pages

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

May 25, 2017