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The Making of the Atomic Bomb  by Richard Rhodes (1986), 886 pp., softcover, very good condition.  "This book, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is the standard of excellence in non-fiction, technical history. Rhodes approaches the subject in a chronological manner which is more comprehensive than any author heretofore. As each scientific item, technical process, personality, or political situation emerges, Rhodes pauses and explains, at length, all of the background. Complete with notes, bibliography and index." - hcl    "The comprehensive history of the Bomb - and also a work of literature." - Tracy Kidder  "A great book. Mr. Rhodes has done a beautiful job, and I don't see how anyone can ever top it." - Luis W. Alvarez, Nobel laureate for Physics, 1968     $9 + S&H  or $12.25 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

The Men of Bastogne  by Fred MacKenzie (1968), 254 pp., paperback, fair to good condition. Foreword by A.C. McAuliffe, General, U.S. Army (Ret.) $3 + S&H  or $4.50 postpaid.  E 10

The Bismarck Episode  by Russell Grenfell (1948), 219 pp., maps and many illustrations, 22 cm./8.5 in., cloth hardcover, fair condition (part of #1 cover was removed by a young tri-color collie; otherwise in good condition). " ... a full account of the discovery, pursuit, and destruction of the German Battleship Bismarck. Although written soon after the war, extensive records of the action have been drawn on from both sides. Full of details, although more technical and performance data could have been provided on the aircraft and ships involved. However, some of the shortcomings of the British forces were expounded upon, at some length. Closing with and fighting the Bismarck was a mighty effort and the author indicates the difficulty of the problems in decision-making encountered by commanders. Cutting through "the fog of war" in real time is much different than hindsight.  All in all, an excellent piece of naval history."  -  hcl   $12 + S&H or $14.00 postpaid in U.S. E 10

The Men Who Bombed the Reich by Bernard C. Nalty & Carl Berger (1978), 184 pp, hardcover, fair condition w/dust jacket, ex-lib. "American flyers and their bombers were coming to Europe. Their mission: along with the British, bomb the Third Reich into surrender. Their method: daylight precision attack.   But the Royal Air Force had already tried daylight bombing and abandoned it." - from the dust jacket.   "A definitive work, from beginning to end of the air war offensive against Germany." - hcl    $5 + S&H  or $6.84 postpaid in the U.S.  E 10

Carthage Connection by Thomas B. Smith (1988) 157 pp., paperback, excellent condition. $2.75 postpaid  LOC UNK

Citizen Armies  by Jock Haswell (1973), 255 pp., 23 cm./9 in., cloth hardcover, very good condition w/dust jacket. "from the dust jacket: 'Citizen armies often assembled in a fever of enthusiasm and excitement; they disbanded just as often in disillusionment. Nevertheless, these 'soldiers' ---farm laborers, factory hands, shopkeepers, schoolmasters, the very foundation of a peacetime country ---went home carrying the seeds of enormous social and political change.'    Haswell covers (in order) the citizen army (described, in brief history), amateurs and professionals (an evolution of the trade of making war), the American army of 1776, the French revolutionary army after 1789, the Federal and Confederate armies of 1861(+), the Boer war, the armies of WWI, the P.L.A. (Peoples Liberation Army) of Red China, the Spanish Civil war (1936), and Ireland's long and difficult military history. A first-rate piece of work."  -  hcl    $11 + S&H or $12.84 postpaid in U.S.  LOC UNK

Clausewitz On War, A Short Guide to  edited by Roger Ashley Leonard (1967; first American edition), 237 pp., cloth hardcover w/dust jacket, ex-lib*, very good condition. $12 + S&H  or  $14.50 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

Day One; Before Hiroshima and After  by Peter Wyden (1984) 413 pp., paperback, in fair condition. $3 + S&H  or $4.84 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

Rommel, The Desert Fox  by Desmond Young (1950) 242 pp., paperback in good condition. "The first biography of  Rommel and an even-handed work. Adapted into an extremely popular motion picture with James Mason." - hcl   $4.50 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

A Book of Five Rings  - The Classic Guide to Strategy  by Miyamoto Musashi (b. 1584)(1974 imprint), 96 pp., medium size paperback, excellent condition.  $5 + S&H  or $7.50 postpaid in U.S. E 10

The Game of Foxes  by Ladislas Farago (1971), 696 pp., 25 cm./9.9 in., cloth hardcover, very good condition.  "... the history of the Abwehr, the German Secret Service, under the Nazis; a typical Farago work: well-written; comprehensive."  -  hcl  $17 + S&H or $1925 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

Guadalcanal Diary  by Richard Tregaskis (1943) Random House, 263 pp., cloth hardcover sans dust jacket, excellent condition, first edition.  $7 + S&H  or $9.25 postpaid in U.S. on reserve ljap(etc.) Dec. 9, 03 expiration

The Ignorant Armies - the undeclared war of 1918-1919 between American Doughboys and the Red Army  by E.M. Halliday (1964), 304 pp., paperback, good condition. " ... a scholarly work which is very readable, complete with bibliography and index." -hcl  $2.50 + S&H or $4.25 postpaid

Loyalty in America  by John H. Schaar  (1957), 217 pp., 23.5 cm./9.2 in., cloth hardcover in very good condition w/dust jacket.  "Right off, the author distinguishes between patriotism and obligation ... loyalty falls somewhere in between. As institutions age, they tend to become corrupted and the professional ... the true professional ... is often faced with the judgment of to whom is he loyal. This is a tough decision: is it better to speak out and endanger one's career or to remain silent and see injustice, waste and corruption continue?  A nice choice! This book was written during the tenure of Joseph McCarthy. This is a scholarly work, well-documented, and published by the powerhouse University of California Press."  -  hcl   $11 + S&H or $12.05 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

The Men Who Bombed the Reich by Bernard C. Nalty & Carl Berger (1978), 184 pp, hardcover, fair condition w/dust jacket, ex-lib. "American flyers and their bombers were coming to Europe. Their mission: along with the British, bomb the Third Reich into surrender. Their method: daylight precision attack.   But the Royal Air Force had already tried daylight bombing and abandoned it." - from the dust jacket.   "A definitive work, from beginning to end of the air war offensive against Germany." - hcl    $5 + S&H  or $6.84 postpaid in the U.S. E 10

The Men of Bastogne  by Fred MacKenzie (1968), 254 pp., paperback, fair to good condition. Foreword by A.C. McAuliffe, General, U.S. Army (Ret.) $3 + S&H  or $4.50 postpaid.  E 10

The Book of the Navy  by John Frost (1842), 344 pp., 23 cm./9.1 in., bound in 19th century binding, spine cover is missing, front cover is detached, otherwise in good condition and complete, first edition, very rare, numerous engravings, portraits on steel. $60 + S&H or $62.05 postpaid in U.S.  E 10 

No Place to Hide  by David Bradley (1948) 182 pp., colth hardcover in very good condition with dust jacket in fair condition. Although the copyright page suggests that this book is a first edition, a small dot (bottom, right) on the #4 cover indicates that it is a second or subsequent printing.  "What the atomic bomb can do to ships, or water, or land, and thereby to human beings, is told with clear implications ... by a brilliant young doctor whose job it was to watch for radioactive contamination during and after the Bikini tests." ---from the dust jacket   $3.25 postpaid in U.S.   E 10

Pass the Ammunition - Naval Action in World War II  by Stan Smith (1963), 144 pp., paperback, good condition.  $1 + S&H  or $2.50  postpaid in U.S.  E 10

The Patton Papers, 1885 - 1940  by Martin Blumenson (1972), 521 pp., cloth hardcover, very good condition.  $7 + S&H  or $9.40 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

This is Pearl! by Walter Millis (1947), 384 pp., cloth hardcover, very good condition. " ... an accounting of events of the year 1941 leading up to, and including, the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941."  -  hcl    $5 + S&H or $6.50 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

The Raven  - a Biography of Sam Houston by Marquis James (1929; reissued 1975), 489 pp., fully indexed, hardcover, near mint condition, dust jacket is good but slightly torn. " ... a reissue of the Pulitzer Prize Winner. $11 + S&H or $13.25 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker - Fighting the Flying Circus  (1919; 1967 reprinting) 336 pp., paperback, fair condition. $3.75 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

Rommel, The Desert Fox  by Desmond Young (1950) 242 pp., paperback in very good condition. "The first biography of  Rommel and an even-handed work. Adapted into an extremely popular motion picture with James Mason." - hcl   $4.50 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

Semper Fi, Mac - Living Memories of the United States Marines in World War II  by Henry Berry (1982), 422 pp., w/index, paperback, excellent condition. $4.50 + S&H or $6.25 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

S N A F U - Great American Military Disasters  by Geoffrey Regan (1993), 295 pp., 21 cm./8.4 in., paperback, very good condition.  "This book ought to be on the must-read list for all serious military professionals."  -  hcl   $8 + S&H or $10.20 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

Spies for the Blue and Gray - The Perilous World of Espionage During the Civil War  by Harnett T. Kane (1954), 221 pp., paperback, fair condition. $1 + S&H  or $2.50 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

Thunderbolt  by Robert S. Johnson with Martin Caidin (1958) 222 pp., paperback, fair condition.  "Johnson survived the war with 28 confirmed kills against the Lutfwaffe, in a P-47 Thunderbolt. This is his story from beginning to end (of WWII)." - hcl   $1 +  S&H   or  $2.50 postpaid in U.S. E 10

 War Fish by George Grider as told to Lydel Sims (1958), 192 pp., fair condition, paperback. "U.S. submarine operations in WWII as told by a submarine officer  (a personal experience) from before the war, through it, to the end." - hcl      "a nice set of endorsements from major newspapers in the #4 cover" -hcl    $1 +  S&H   or  $2.25 (first class) postpaid in U.S. 

Wing Leader  by Group Captain J.(Johnnie) E. Johnson (1956; 2nd printing 1957), 292 pp., paperback, fair condition.   "The story of the top-scoring Allied fighter pilot (38 confirmed kills) who started the war as an R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve in 1939 and flew Spitfires until V.E. Day."  -  hcl  $2 + S&H  or $3.50 postpaid  E 10

W W I I  - Time - Life Books History of the Second World War  by the editors of Time-Life books; foreword by Eric Sevareid, (1989), 496 pp., large format (29 cm./11.5 in. height x 24.5 cm./9.5 in. width), hardcover, excellent condition, w/dust jacket.  Although this book could pass for a coffee table book due to its size and profuse illustrations, it is a massive work of literary proportions. From the origins of the war (Prelude, 1918-1939), through each year down through the aftermath, the book covers the war from many angles. If one were to attempt to understand World War II, by reading a single book ... this is the one!"  -  hcl   (original list price: $39.95)  $20 + S&H or $22.75 postpaid in U.S.  E 10

 

*"ex-lib" indicates a book, formerly circulated by a library & discarded. [It is to the amazement of this reviewer that so many books of real value are periodically dumped by libraries. The answer is, of course, "due to limited space". When one examines some the trash that still sits on the shelves, you can only shake your head in wonder.]

 

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