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Armed Forces Collection

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Modern Military Collection

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Naval Operations

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Persian Gulf War 1991 Collection

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Fighter Planes Collection

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Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War

Washington Rules Book Cover

Bacevich, Andrew J.
Metropolitan 2010 Dewey Dec. 355

“A tough-minded, bracing and intelligent polemic against some 60 years of American militarism.” -NY Times Book Rev

The Department Of Mad Scientists: How DARPA is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs

The Department of Mad Scientists Book Cover

Belfiore, Michael
Harper Collins 2009 Dewey Dec. 355

“Founded by Eisenhower in response to Sputnick and the Soviet space program, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) mixes military officers with sneaker-wearing scientists, seeking paradigm-shifting ideas in varied fields – from energy, robotics, and rockets to people-less operating rooms, driverless cars, and planes that can fly halfway around the world in just hours. Belfiore was given unprecedented access to write this first-ever popular account of DARPA.” -Bookmarks

The Department of Defense

Borklund, Carl W.
Praeger 1968 Dewey Dec. 355.3

A volume in the “Praeger Library of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies”. The books in this series “describe the origin, development, function, methods, and structure of specific departments or agencies and explain how far their activities extend and how they relate to other branches of the government and to the public.”

Dictionary of Military Terms: Over 6,000 Terms Clearly Defined

Dictionary of Military Terms Book Cover

Bowyer, Richard
Black 2007 Dewey Dec. 355

Brief entries, defining common military terms and modern acronyms.

A Short Guide to Clausewitz on War

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Clausewitz, Carl von, Leonard, Roger Ashley, ed.
Putnam 1967 Dewey Dec. 355

Extracts selected from the English translation of Vom Kriege published in London in 1962.

Department of Defense Dictionary Of Military and Associated Terms

Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms Book Cover

Defense Technical Information Center
U.S. Department of Defense 2010 Dewey Dec. 355

“Sets forth standard US military and associated terminology to encompass the joint activity of the Armed Forces of the United States. These military and associated terms, together with their definitions, constitute approved Department of Defense (DOD) terminology for general use by all DOD components.” -Preface. Includes an extensive appendix of acronyms.

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The United States Marine Corps

Donovan, James A.
Prager 1967 Dewey Dec. 355.3

A volume in the “Praeger Library of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies”. The books in this series “describe the origin, development, function, methods, and structure of specific departments or agencies and explain how far their activities extend and how they relate to other branches of the government and to the public.”

An Encyclopedia Of Battles

Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present

Eggenberger, David
Dover 1985

With 99 battle maps.

Soldiers of Fortune: A History of the Mercenary in Modern Warfare

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Geraghty, Tony
Norton 2009 Dewey Dec. 355.3

“The freelance solider, or mercenary, whether fighting for money or reputation or an adopted cause, has always been a fascinating and controversial phenomenon. Now, as a result of the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, he has become not simply a mercenary but a vital part of modern and privatized warfare. For some, he is a heroic figure, doing the work governments are too squeamish to admit to; for others, he is a bloodthirsty killer. In Tony Geraghty’s starling history, he sheds new light on their activities, which has until now been shrouded in secrecy.” -Publisher

Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

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Haney, Eric L.
Delacorte 2006 Dewey Dec. 356

The author relates his “experiences during the formation and early operations of 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta … Readers of other special forces memoirs will find this one distinctive for Haney’s attention to inter-service rivalries … that he believes compromised several missions, as well as for Haney’s nuanced, often disgusted descriptions of the human cost of war.” -Publ Wkly

War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning Book Cover

Hedges, Chris
Random House 2003 Dewey Dec. 355

“Drawing on the literature of combat, from Homer and Shakespeare to Erich Maria Remarque and Michael Herr, Hedges shows how human beings are conditioned to embrace what he calls “the myth of war”–The idea that combat is noble, selfless, and glorious. And yet if human history is any guide, nations and imperiums have stumbled and even fallen when they believed the myths peddled about war and about themselves. The reality of war, which Hedges knows first-hand, is about the destruction of culture, the perversion of human desire, and the embrace, ultimately, of death over life.” -Publisher

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

The Accidental Guerilla Book Cover

Kilcullen, David
Oxford Univ. 2009 Dewey Dec. 355.4

“This excellent book has an anthropologist’s sense of social dynamics and a reporter’s eye for telling detail … Kilcullen’s account of how the Americans use soft and hard power to pacify parts of eastern Afghanistan … should be compulsory reading in military academies on both sides of the Atlantic.” -Economist

Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft: 1991-92

Lambert, Mark, ed.
Jane’s Information Group 1991 Dewey Dec. 358.4

 

Encyclopedia of Modern U.S. Military Weapons

Lauer, Colonel Timothy M. and Llanso, Steven L.
Berkely, 1998

From the Army Times, Navy Times and Air Force Times. ” Covers, in one exhaustively researched volume, the weapons, vehicles, equipment and systems that have served our nation in the past and present. Each listing includes a collective description of the weapon system, its evolution, development, variants, combat experience, and specifications. These systems are divided into seven categories: Aircraft, Artillery/Guns, Ground Combat Vehicles, Missiles/Rockets, Naval Mines/ Torpedoes, Sensors/Electronic Warfare Systems, and Ships/Submarines, including a complete register of ships.” -Back cover

Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point

Absolutely American Four Years at West Point Book Cover

Lipsky, David
Houghton Mifflin 2003 Dewey Dec. 355

“It turns out that how teenagers get turned into leaders is not a simple story, but it is wonderfully told in this book.” -NY Times Book Rev

The United States Army

Pizer, Vernon
Praeger 1967 Dewey Dec. 355.3

A volume in the “Praeger Library of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies”. The books in this series “describe the origin, development, function, methods, and structure of specific departments or agencies and explain how far their activities extend and how they relate to other branches of the government and to the public.”

Jane’s Fighting Ships 1991-92

Sharpe, Richard
Jane’s Information Group 1991 Dewey Dec. 359

 

 

Military History

Military History Collection

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Military Campaigns Collection

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American Revolution Campaigns 1775-1783 Collection

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Napoleonic Wars 1800-1815 Collection

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War of 1812 Collection

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Mexican War 1845-1848 Collection

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U.S. Civil War Campaigns (1861-1865) Collection

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World War I Military Collection

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Military History of World War Two Collection

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Korean War Collection

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Vietnam War Collection

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Jungle of Snakes: A Century of Counterinsurgency Warfare, from the Philippines to Iraq

Jungle of Snakes Book Cover

Arnold, James R.
Bloomsbury 2009 Dewey Dec. 355

“The author studies past insurgency responses to help clarify the U.S. efforts in Iraq. A reasonably argued work that delivers needed insight and historical precedent to the current war debate.” -Kirkus

Selected Articles on National Defense

Selected Articles on National Defense Book Cover

Bacon, Corinne, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1915 Dewey Dec. 355

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Selected Articles on Military Training

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Bacon, Corinne, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1915 Dewey Dec. 355

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Military education

The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-1949

The First War of Physics Book Cover

Baggott, Jim
Norton 2010 Dewey Dec. 355.8

“Baggott contributes a novel perspective to the story, looking at the Anglo-American, German and Soviet atomic programs, and as such provides a broad thematic history.” -Libr J.

The Hutchinson Dictionary of Ancient & Medieval Warfare

Dictionary of Ancient and Medieval Warfare Book Cover

Bennett, Matthew
Fitzroy Dearborn 1998 Dewey Dec. 355

“provides a comprehensive guide to the battles and wars, commanders, tactics, formations, fortifications, and weapons of war in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, India, China, and Japan from the beginning of recorded history to the 16th century. More than 3,000 entries, written by expert military historians, cover all aspects of warfare from the emergence of the earliest walled cities in the Ancient Near East up to and including the period of European discovery of the New World.” -Publisher

Books on the Military History of World War I

The Seventy Great Battles in History

Black, Jeremy
Thames & Hudson 2005 Dewey Dec. 355.4

 

War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History

War Made New Book Cover

Boot, Max
Gotham 2006 Dewey Dec. 355

“Boot provides a vivid and engaging mix of historical narrative and analysis, showing the bloody real-world results of abstract decision-making about the nature and degree of a country’s military preparedness.” -Commentary

Beyond the Wild Blue: A History of the U.S. Air Force 1947-1997

Beyond the Wild Blue Book Cover

Boyne, Walter J.
St. Martin’s 1997 Dewey Dec. 358.4

“Boyne asserts that the air force’s effort and sacrifice won us the Cold War … While his slant may be controversial, this is a large, thorough, and valuable history.” -Libr J.

American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm

American Patriots the Story of Blacks in the Military Book Cover

Buckley, Gail and Bolden, Tonya
Crown 2003 Dewey Dec. 355

“This readable, spirited story deserves a place in every U.S. history collection, as well as in the black or military collections.” -Libr J.
Contents: The Revolution — The War of 1812 — The Civil War — Buffalo Soldiers 1 — World War I — The Spanish Civil War — World War II — Korea — Vietnam — Desert Storm

House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power

House of War Book Cover

Carroll, James
Houghton Mifflin 2006 Dewey Dec. 355

“Chronicling the ascent of America’s military establishment from 1943 to the aftermath of 9/11, Carroll uses the Pentagon as a metaphor for a U.S. political culture that values military power over human rights and seeks to project U.S. influence and values abroad by force …” -Libr J

Chariot: From Chariot to Tank, the Astounding Rise and Fall of the World’s First War Machine

Chariot Book Cover

Cotterell, Arthur
Overlook 2005 Dewey Dec. 357

“Rich in historical anecdote and engrossing narrative, ‘Chariot’ offers riveting descriptions of the military confrontations in which the deployment of chariots heavily influenced the outcome of battles and changed the fates of countries and empires.” – Publisher

The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Warfare From Ancient Egypt To Iraq

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare Book Cover

David, Saul
DK 2009 Dewey Dec. 355

Covers more than 5,000 years of warfare, from the Sumerians to the modern day. “It shows how armies were organized, and equipped; how battles, campaigns, and wars were won and lost; and how technology has gradually changed the face of battle from brutal hand-to-hand encounters with axes and swords to the use of impersonal computer-guided weaponry today. It also looks at war from the perspective of politicians, generals, ordinary soldiers, and civilians.” -Editor

Hidden Heroism

Edgerton, Robert B.
Westview 2001 Dewey Dec. 355

“Edgerton chronicles black heroism in every U.S. conflict since the Revolutionary War, recalling the little-known Buffalo Soldiers and the Negro cavalry that saved Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders in Cuba and a pantheon of black heroes -obscure and famous – from Benjamin Banneker to Colin Powell.” – Booklist

Selected Articles on Enlargement of the United States Navy

Selected Articles on the Enlargement of the U.S. Navy Book Cover

Fanning, C. E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1910 Dewey Dec. 359

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Books about the military history of Europe in the Middle Ages at Military History of Medieval Europe

Battle: A Visual Journey through 5,000 Years of Combat

Battle Book Cover

Grant, R. G.
DK 2009 Dewey Dec. 355

“Organized chronologically, Battle provides a detailed overview of the conduct of warfare through the centuries, from the first recorded battle at Megiddo between the massed ranks of Hittites and Egyptians, to the war of the missing Weapons of Mass Destruction. In each era, the technology that transformed the battlefield and the tactics that won the day are explored and explained. Battle is an indispensable reference to this most fundamental part of the human story.” -Publisher

Biological weapons: From the Invention of State-sponsored Programs to Contemporary Bioterrorism

Biological Weapons Book Cover

Guillemin, Jeanne
Columbia Univ. 2005 Dewey Dec. 358

“A history of biological weapons, beginning with the British, American and Japanese programs that predate WWII. The book ranks high as a historical introduction to the subject and a handbook on contemporary remedies.” -Pub Wkly

The Soul of Battle: From Ancient Times to the Present Day, How Three Great Liberators Vanquished Tyranny

The Soul of Battle Book Cover

Hanson, Victor Davis
Anchor 2001 Dewey Dec. 355

“Hanson narrates the success of three military campaigns – Epaminondas defeat of the Spartans in the 4th century B.C., Sherman’s march through Georgia and the Carolinas during the Civil War, and Patton’s race into Germany at the head of the Third Army in 1944-45. In Hanson’s view, the individual traits of spontaneity and creativity that are nourished in a free society are assets, not hindrances, in warfare.” -Booklist

Cambridge Illustrated Atlas, Warfare: the Middle Ages, 768-1487

Hooper, Nicholas
Cambridge University 1996 Dewey Dec. 355

“Survey of medieval warfare from the accession of Charlemagne (768) to the end of the third War of the Roses (1487). Geographical coverage is restricted to Western Europe and the Mediterranean basin. The full-color maps of regional campaigns and specific battles are supplemented by informative text, an extensive essay and parallel chronological tables by region.” -Libr J.

Selected Articles on National Defense Volume 3

Selected Articles on National Defense vol 3 Book Cover

Johnsen, Julia E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1920 Dewey Dec. 355

See the note at the first volume of this title, above.

The Book of War: Centuries of Great War Writing

The Book of War Book Cover

Keegan, John
Viking 1999 Dewey Dec. 355

25 centuries of war writing. More than eighty accounts, drawn largely from protagonists or eyewitnesses, of events in wars from the Greek Heroic Era to the Gulf War in Kuwait chronicle the evolution of western warfare.

American Soldiers: Ground Combat in the World Wars, Korea, & Vietnam

American Soldiers Book Cover

Kindsvatter, Peter S.
Univ. of Kansas 2003 Dewey Dec. 355

“Mining 20th-century foot soldiers’ memoirs and novels, Kindsvatter integrates this literature of personal experience into a generalized assessment of what combat was like and how men reacted to it.” – Booklist

Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War II

McCurtie, Francis E.
Crown 1989 Dewey Dec. 359

A comprehensive encyclopedia of the ships of World War II, with more than 1000 illustrations.
Reproduced from the 1946/47 edition of Jane’s fighting ships. With new sections for the Axis navies compiled from previous editions.

Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War

Germs Book Cover

Miller, Judith, Engelberg, Stephen, Broad, William J.
Hall 2002 Dewey Dec. 358

Three reporters survey the history of biological weapons and recount incidents of their use by terrorist groups. They explain why advances in biology and the spread of germ weapons poses grave risks as countries such as Iran, Iraq and North Korea continually engage in research.

The Submarine: A History

The Submarine A History Book Cover

Parrish, Thomas
Viking 2004 Dewey Dec. 359.9

“This brilliant, dramatic account of submarines and the men who sailed in them is a required acquisition for every military history collection.” -Choice
Contents: Charleston 2000-1864 — The underwater pioneers — The great war: the U-boats and Mr. Wilson — From war to war — World War II: the struggle for the Atlantic — World War II: the Pacific prize — The cold war: the nuclear guarantee

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Before the Fallout: from Marie Curie to Hiroshima

Before the Fall-Out Book Cover

Preston, Diana
Walker 2005 Dewey Dec. 355.8

“Avidly researched and gracefully constructed, Preston’s revelatory history is rich in telling moments, powerful personalities, intense confrontations, and indelible images of the devastation delivered by nuclear weapons, our Damoclean sword.” -Booklist

A Handbook of American Military History: from the Revolutionary War to the Present

Sweeney, Jerry K. and Byrne, Kevin B.
Westview 1996 Dewey Dec. 355

“This unique reference work covers the military history of the United States from the Revolution to the Gulf War. Comprehensive and easy to use, it supplies essential information on the social, technological, political, tactical, and strategic developments that have affected the evolution of the U.S. armed forces. Invaluable as a reference tool and reader’s guide, the Handbook of American Military History will prove essential for scholars, students, and history buffs alike. -Publisher

Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy

Six Frigates Book Cover

Toll, Ian W.
Norton 2006 Dewey Dec. 359

“This wonderfully atmospheric account, brilliantly researched, full of stirring action and rich with the scent of the sea, surely establishes Ian Toll among the great naval historians writing today.” -Simon Winchester

The Oxford History of Modern War

The Oxford History of Modern War Book Cover

Townshend, Charles, ed.
Oxford Univ. 2000 Dewey Dec. 355

18 chapters, contributed by a variety of historians. “War is more than military operations. Modern war, above all, came to enlist every aspect of life… The book is divided into two parts, the first offering an account of the historical development of war since the time of the Renaissance in Europe, the second providing overviews of a number of vital dimensions which have combined to create the characteristic of modern structures of war.” Editor’s Preface.

Selected Articles on Military Training in Schools and Colleges, including Military Camps

Selected Articles on Military Training in Schools and Colleges Book Cover

Van Valkenburgh, Agnes, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1917 Dewey Dec. 355

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Selected Articles on National Defense including Compulsory Military Service; Volume 2

Selected Articles on National Defense vol 2 Book Cover

Van Valkenburgh, Agnes, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1917 Dewey Dec. 355

See the note at the first volume of this title, above.

Also see our collections of articles at Articles about World War One, and Military History Articles.

 

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