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Kursk 1943

by Anthony Tucker-Jones The History Press (May 07, 2018)

In 1943, as war raged along the Eastern Front, the German forces attempted to push further east in the brutal Operation Citadel, which saw one of the largest armoured clashes in history in the Battle of Prokhorovka....


The Devil's Diary

by Robert K. Wittman & David Kinney Harper (March 29, 2016)

A groundbreaking World War II narrative wrapped in a riveting detective story, The Devil’s Diary investigates the disappearance of a private diary penned by one of Adolf Hitler’s top aides—Alfred Rosenberg,...


The Pity of War: England and Germany, Bitter Friends, Beloved Foes

by Miranda Seymour Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 30, 2014)

Miranda Seymour tells the remarkable story of England’s centuries of profound connection and rivalry with Germany. Her vibrant and heart-breaking history—told through the lives of princes and painters, soldiers...


The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

by Andrew Roberts HarperCollins e-books (May 17, 2011)

"Roberts'spopulist approach makes for a rollicking good read and never comes at theexpense of accuracy. His mastery of the huge variety of subjects is trulyimpressive and his ability to marshal these subjects...


Making a World after Empire: The Bandung Moment and Its Political Afterlives

by Christopher J. Lee Ohio University Press (June 15, 2010)

In April 1955, twenty-nine countries from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East came together for a diplomatic conference in Bandung, Indonesia, intending to define the direction of the postcolonial world. Representing...


The Word at War

by Philip Gooden & Peter Lewis Bloomsbury Publishing (September 25, 2014)

War words have embedded themselves in our collective psyche; British politicians are fond of invoking the 'Dunkirk spirit' whenever the country is faced with major crisis or even minor adversity, and Roosevelt's...


Kidnap in Crete

by Rick Stroud Bloomsbury Publishing (September 11, 2014)

This is the story of how a small SOE unit led by Patrick Leigh Fermor kidnapped a German general on the Nazi-occupied island of Crete in 1944. For thirty-two days, they were chased across the mountains as they...


... And the Policeman Smiled

by Bloomsbury Publishing Bloomsbury Publishing (June 12, 2014)

For ten months before the Second World War, there was an organised movement of mainly Jewish children out of Nazi Europe. The children were bundled onto trains, waved goodbye to their parents and set off across...


The Defence of Calais

by Eric Linklater Bloomsbury Publishing (July 31, 2014)

It is a tale of defeat, but when defeat is characterised by valour of a certain pitch and quality, its memory may outlast a tale of victory. And like the Burghers who came with ropes about their necks, to offer...


The Highland Division

by Eric Linklater Bloomsbury Publishing (July 15, 2014)

The Highland Territorials were made up of the 51st Division, who had fought bravely in the Great War, and entered WWII with a fearsome and loyal reputation. Here Erik Linklater draws from letters and War diaries...


The Northern Garrisons

by Eric Linklater Bloomsbury Publishing (July 15, 2014)

The Northern Garrisons visits the soldiers of WWII in some of the most barren and inhospitable of outposts. Eric Linklater, in his mission to document the lives, trials and achievements of these men, travelled...


Gestapo

by Edward Crankshaw Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

The Grim story of the most vicious Terror Agency of all time-Its sinister Power and Barbaric acts, and the twisted men who led it-Hitler, Himmler, and Eichmann.

This is the brutal expose of the rotten core of...


And We Shall Shock Them

by David Fraser Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

First published in 1983 and written by a pre-eminent historian of the British Army, this is the definitive history of the British Army in the Second World War: its campaigns and battles, defeats and victories,...


All the King's Men

by Robert Marshall Bloomsbury Publishing (November 07, 2012)

First published in 1988, this is the story of how Claude Dansey, deputy head of MI6, infiltrated Henri Déricourt, double agent extraordinaire, into the rival British wartime secret service, SOE. The ensuing...


Whitaker's Britain

by Bloomsbury Publishing Bloomsbury Publishing (September 26, 2013)

Whitaker's Britain draws on an extensive archive which dates back to 1868 when Joseph Whitaker first published Whitaker's Almanack. With its combination of facts, figures and commentary on subjects as diverse...


The Secret King: The Myth and Reality of Nazi Occultism

by Michael Moynihan & Stephen E. Flowers Feral House (September 01, 2007)

Here are the links between the Nazi high command and a bizarre netherworld of esoteric beliefs.


Life and Death in the Garden: Sex, Drugs, Cops, and Robbers in Wartime China

by Kathryn Meyer Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 11, 2014)

This compelling book provides a rare glimpse into the heart of wartime China. Kathryn Meyer draws us into the perilous world of the Garden of Grand Vision, a ramshackle structure where a floating population...


PT 109

by William Doyle William Morrow (October 06, 2015)

The extraordinary World War II story of shipwreck and survival that paved John F. Kennedy's path to power – hailed as a “breathtaking account” by James Patterson, “masterfully written” by historian...


Rescue at Los Banos

by Bruce Henderson William Morrow (March 31, 2015)

From the bestselling author of Hero Found comes the incredible true story of one of the greatest military rescues of all time, the 1945 World War II prison camp raid at Los Baños in the Philippines—a tale...


Climb to Conquer

by Peter Shelton Scribner (August 05, 2014)

Few stories from the "greatest generation" are as unforgettable -- or as little known -- as that of the 10th Mountain Division. Today a versatile light infantry unit deployed around the world, the 10th began...


When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944

by Ronald C. Rosbottom Little, Brown and Company (August 05, 2014)

The spellbinding and revealing chronicle of Nazi-occupied Paris

On June 14, 1940, German tanks entered a silent and nearly deserted Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation....


"The Best Kept Secret of World War Two!"

by Jr. Willis S. Cole Btry Cpl W S Cole Military Museum (July 07, 2014)

The Head Military Archivist at the College Park National Archives is responsible for the title for this book, when he told the author, "You have discovered the best kept secret of World War Two and you are proving...


Deathride

by John Mosier Simon & Schuster (June 15, 2010)

The German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, began a war that lasted nearly four years and created by far the bloodiest theater in World War II. In the conventional narrative of this war, Hitler...


Tokyo Rose / An American Patriot: A Dual Biography

by Frederick P. Close Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 29, 2014)

Tokyo Rose / An American Patriot explores the parallel lives of World War II legend Tokyo Rose and a Japanese American woman named Iva Toguri. Trapped in Tokyo during the war and forced to broadcast on Japanese...


G.I.

by Lee Kennett Scribner (June 16, 2014)

Lee Kennett provides a vivid portrait of the American soldier, or G.I., in World War II, from his registration in the draft, training in boot camp, combat in Europe and the Pacific, and to his final role as...


The Dog Who Could Fly

by Damien Lewis Atria Books (June 10, 2014)

“A thoroughly enjoyable story of heroism and true friendship” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), this Sunday Times top ten bestseller is the true account of a German shepherd who was adopted by the Royal...


D-Day: Minute by Minute

by Jonathan Mayo Atria Books/Marble Arch Press (May 27, 2014)

Told in a purely chronological style, this fascinating account vividly details the authentic stories of regular people caught up in the historical events of D-Day.

June 6, 1944 was a truly historic day, but it...


The Deceivers

by Thaddeus Holt Scribner (May 11, 2010)

In World War II, the Allies employed unprecedented methods and practiced the most successful military deception ever seen, meticulously feeding misinformation to Axis intelligence to lead Axis commanders into...


D-Day Illustrated Edition

by Stephen E. Ambrose Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2014)

Now illustrated with an extraordinary collection of over 125 photos, Stephen E. Ambrose’s D-Day is the definitive history of World War II’s most pivotal battle, June 6, 1944, the day that changed the course...


The Battle for Okinawa

by Colonel Hiromichi Yahara & Frank B. Gibney Wiley (March 07, 1997)

Critical acclaim for The Battle for Okinawa

"An indispensable account of the fighting and of Okinawa's role in the Japanese defense of the home islands." --The Wall Street Journal

"A fascinating, highly intelligent...


The Red Orchestra

by V. E. Tarrant Wiley (February 01, 1996)

A fascinating account of one of the most successful spying operations of World War II

Long recognized as one of the most successful (and ruthless) spy networks in history, the Red Orchestra was a group of Soviet...


Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible

by John C. McManus Wiley (February 01, 2007)

At last, here is a book that tells the full story of the turning point in World War II's Battle of the Bulge-the story of five crucial days in which small groups of American soldiers, some outnumbered ten to...


Undercover Tales of World War II

by William B. Breuer Wiley (March 01, 2000)

Critical acclaim for William B. Breuer

"A first-class historian." --The Wall Street Journal

Vendetta!

"A wealth of insights."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

Unexplained Mysteries of World War II

"Anyone interested...


Secret Weapons of World War II

by William B. Breuer Wiley (August 24, 2007)

Critical Acclaim for Secret Weapons of World War II

"Breuer has produced yet another collection of rip-roaring tales. . . . A delightful addition to the niche that Breuer has so successfully carved out."

-Publishers...


Unexplained Mysteries of World War II

by William B. Breuer Wiley (August 24, 2007)

"As combat veterans and high commanders know, logic is often a stranger in wartime." --William B. Breuer, in

The annals of World War II are mined with captivating cases of strange coincidences, ominous premonitions,...


Top Secret Tales of World War II

by William B. Breuer Wiley (April 21, 2008)

Critical Acclaim for TOP SECRET TALES of World War II

"A book for rainy days and long solitary nights by the fire. If there were a genre for cozy nonfiction, this would be the template."-Publishers Weekly

"Perfect...


War Beneath the Sea: Submarine Conflict During World War II

by Peter Padfield Wiley (May 02, 2008)

Praise for War Beneath the Sea

"I am truly filled with awe and admiration...fascinating and a great contribution to the entire lore of submarines.... I wish I had written the book." ?Capt. Edward L. Beach, USN...


The New York Times Living History: World War II, 1942-1945

by Douglas Brinkley & David Rubel Henry Holt and Co. (April 29, 2014)

World War II comes alive through the public records and private accounts of the day...

We have long relied on historians to sift through the debris of the past and piece together narratives to shape our understanding...


The New York Times Living History: World War II, 1939-1942

by Douglas Brinkley & David Rubel Henry Holt and Co. (April 29, 2014)

Introducing a new series where history comes alive in riveting documents and images of great events as they occurred

We have long relied on historians to sift through the debris of history and piece together...


Pearl Harbor Betrayed

by Michael Gannon Henry Holt and Co. (April 15, 2014)

A naval historian draws on newly revealed primary documents to shed light on the tragic errors that led to the devastating attack, Washington's role, and the man who took the fall for the Japanese tactical victory....


My Fault: Mussolini As I Knew Him

by Margherita Sarfatti & Brian Sullivan Enigma Books (February 24, 2014)

Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's former Jewish mistress tells all.


The Lisbon Route: Entry and Escape in Nazi Europe

by Ronald Weber Ivan R. Dee (May 16, 2011)

The Lisbon Route tells of the extraordinary World War II transformation of Portugal's tranquil port city into the great escape hatch of Nazi Europe. Royalty, celebrities, diplomats, fleeing troops, and ordinary...


The Story of World War II

by Henry Steele Commager & Donald L. Miller Simon & Schuster (May 11, 2010)

Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror...


Whirlwind

by Barrett Tillman Simon & Schuster (March 02, 2010)

WHIRLWIND is the first book to tell the complete, awe-inspiring story of the Allied air war against Japan—the most important strategic bombing campaign inhistory. From the audacious Doolittle raid in 1942...


Operation Cobra and the Great Offensive

by Bill Yenne Pocket Books (June 15, 2010)

THE BEGINNINGS OF VICTORY

Shortly after the D-Day invasion, the Allied forces in Europe had stalled. A limited operation was set in motion to punch a small hole in the enemy defenses, starting on July 25, 1944....


There Was A Piper, A Scottish Piper: Memoirs of Pipe Major John T. MacKenzie

by John T. MacKenzie Natural Heritage (August 24, 2001)

The memoirs of John T. MacKenzie reveal a remarkable military man and an authority on highland piping with a commitment to tradition and excellence.


All Brave Sailors

by J. Revell Carr Simon & Schuster (June 15, 2010)

In the darkness before moonrise on the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast on August 21, 1940, the night erupted in a fusillade of bullets and shells. The victim was a stalwart English tramp steamer, Anglo-Saxon,...


Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America

by Annie Jacobsen Little, Brown and Company (February 11, 2014)

The explosive story of America's secret post-WWII science programs, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51

In the chaos following World War II, the U.S. government faced many difficult decisions,...


Europa, Europa

by Solomon Perel & Margot Bettauer Dembo Wiley (May 13, 1997)

The Inspiration Behind The Golden Globe-Winning Film

"An engrossing and memorable tale."-Jewish Book World

"The sheer emotion of telling the tale is palpable. The whole is moving, and strange beyond belief." -...


A Curious Madness

by Eric Jaffe Scribner (January 14, 2014)

From an “illuminating and entertaining” (The New York Times) young writer, the story that explores the fateful intersection of two men at the Tokyo war crimes trial that followed World War II: a Japanese...