Thursday, September 15, 2011

Book Sentry, September 2011

Identify the library's new books on military history, particularly those providing context for the library's Veterans History Project.

If you see a book that looks good, click on "Check Our Catalog" and place a hold.

Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires: A New History of the Borderlands
By Isby, David
2010-04 - Pegasus Books
9781605980829 Check Our Catalog
This illuminating history of modern Afghanistan, written by a veteran defenseanalyst, details the complex story of a country caught in a vortex of terror.448 pp.

Black Sheep: The Life of Pappy Boyington By Wukovits, John F.
2011-06 - US Naval Institute Press
9781591149774 Check Our Catalog

Carrier: A Century of First-Hand Accounts of Naval Operations in War and Peace By Hood, Jean
2011-02 - Conway Maritime Press
9781844861118 Check Our Catalog
Examines the history of the aircraft carrier

Eden to Armageddon: World War I in the Middle East By Ford, Roger
2010-05 - Pegasus Books
9781605980911 Check Our Catalog In this epic account of World War I in the Middle East, Ford presents the complete story of the invasion of the Garden of Eden that ended with a momentous victory on the site of the biblical Armageddon and the creation of Iran and Iraq.

A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph, 1862-1863
By Wert, Jeffry D.
2011-04 - Simon & Schuster
9781416593348 Check Our Catalog
"A Glorious Army" explains why Lee succeeded in the context of a narrative history of the 13 months when it seemed the Confederates might prevail.

The Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys: Courage, Tragedy, and Justice in World War II By Freeman, Gregory A.2011-05 - Palgrave MacMillan9780230108547
Check Our Catalog Military historian Gregory A. Freeman brings to life for the first time the dramatic story of a young American bomber crew that was forced to bail out over Germany in August 1944. After landing, they were captured and lynched in a two-hour assault by local townspeople who had fallen prey to the worst impulses of the ravages of war. The families of these airmen were never told what actually happened to their loved ones and the few survivors had to carry this burden alone for years. After the war, a highly dramatic trial took place in the German town, forcing the locals to confront their wartime atrocity. Drawing from government archives, photos, trial records, interviews with family members, and letters home from the crew, Freeman creates a vivid narrative of the dramatic event and follows the survivors’ moving, sometimes heartrending, efforts to understand how good men could die in such a terrible way and how those left behind are supposed to go on.