Best Military History Books
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1. Walk in My Combat Boots: True Stories from America's Bravest Warriors
Author: by James Patterson
Published at: Little, Brown and Company (February 8, 2021)
“These are the stories America needs to hear about the remarkable young men and women who serve.” – Admiral William H. McRaven, US Navy (Ret.. The most moving and powerful war stories ever told, by the men and women who lived them.
Walk in my Combat Boots is a powerful collection crafted from hundreds of original interviews by James Patterson, the world’s #1 bestselling writer, and First Sergeant US Army (Ret. Matt Eversmann, part of the Ranger unit portrayed in the movie Black Hawk Down.
These are the brutally honest stories usually only shared amongst comrades in arms. Here, in the voices of the men and women who’ve fought overseas from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, is a rare eye-opening look into what wearing the uniform, fighting in combat, losing friends and coming home is really like.
Readers who next thank a military member for their service will finally have a true understanding of what that thanks is for.
2. Extreme Ownership (How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win)
Author: by Jocko Willink
Published at: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (November 1, 2017)
An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.
Now with an excerpt from the authors’ new book, THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP. Combat, the most intense and dynamic environment imaginable, teaches the toughest leadership lessons, with absolutely everything at stake. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin learned this reality first-hand on the most violent and dangerous battlefield in Iraq.
As leaders of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, their mission was one many thought impossible: help U.S. Forces secure Ramadi, a violent, insurgent-held city deemed all but lost. In gripping, firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories, they learned that leadershipat every levelis the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.
3. The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice
Author: by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Published at: Penguin Press (February 16, 2021)
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe extraordinary story of the women who took on the Islamic State and won”The Daughters of Kobani is an unforgettable and nearly mythic tale of women’s power and courage. The young women profiled in this book fought a fearsome war against brutal men in impossible circumstances-and proved in the process what girls and women can accomplish when given the chance to lead.
Brilliantly researched and respectfully reported, this book is a lesson in heroism, sacrifice, and the real meaning of sisterhood. I am so grateful that this story has been told.”Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love”Absolutely fascinating and brilliantly written, The Daughters of Kobani is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand both the nobility and the brutality of war.
This is one of the most compelling stories in modern warfare.”Admiral William H. McRaven, author of Make Your BedIn 2014, northeastern Syria might have been the last place you would expect to find a revolution centered on women’s rights. But that year, an all-female militia faced off against ISIS in a little town few had ever heard of: Kobani.
4. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
Author: by Erik Larson
Published at: Crown; First Edition (February 25, 2020)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitzan inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis One of [Erik Larson’s] best books yet …
Perfectly timed for the moment. Time A bravura performance by one of America’s greatest storytellers. NPR NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE EAST HAMPTON STAR AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review Time Vogue NPR The Washington Post The Globe & Mail Fortune Bloomberg New York Post The New York Public Library Kirkus Reviews LibraryReads PopMattersOn Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium.
Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy allyand willing to fight to the end.
5. Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am
Author: by Julia Cooke
Published at: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (March 2, 2021)
Glamour, danger, liberation: in a Mad Menera of commercial flight, Pan Am World Airways attracted the kind of young woman who wanted out, and wanted up Required to have a college education, speak two languages, and possess the political savvy of a Foreign Service officer, a jet-age stewardess serving on iconic Pan Am between 1966 and 1975 also had to be between 53″ and 59″, between 105 and 140 pounds, and under 26 years of age at the time of hire.
Cooke’s intimate storytelling weaves together the real-life stories of a memorable cast of characters, from small-town girl Lynne Totten, a science major who decided life in a lab was not for her, to Hazel Bowie, one of the relatively few Black stewardesses of the era, as they embraced the liberation of their new jet-set life.
Cooke brings to light the story of Pan Am stewardesses’ role in the Vietnam War, as the airline added runs from Saigon to Hong Kong for planeloads of weary young soldiers straight from the battlefields, who were off for five days of R&R, and then flown back to war.
6. Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight
Author: by Julia Sweig
Published at: Random House (March 16, 2021)
A magisterial portrait of Lady Bird Johnson, and a major reevaluation of the profound yet underappreciated impact the First Lady’s political instincts had on LBJ’s presidency. An inviting, challenging, well-told tale of the thoroughly modern partner and strategist Lady Bird Johnson, whose skill and complexity emerge fully in this rich tale of history and humanity.
John Dickerson, author of The Hardest Job in the World This riveting portrait gives us an important revision of a long-neglected First Lady. Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt, vol 1-3In the spring of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson had a decision to make.
Just months after moving into the White House under the worst of circumstancesfollowing the assassination of President John F. Kennedyhe had to decide whether to run to win the presidency in his own right. He turned to his most reliable, trusted political strategist: his wife, Lady Bird Johnson.
The strategy memo she produced for him, emblematic of her own political acumen and largely overlooked by biographers, is just one revealing example of how their marriage was truly a decades-long political partnership. Perhaps the most underestimated First Lady of the twentieth century, Lady Bird Johnson was also one of the most accomplished and often her husband’s secret weapon.
7. With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
Author: by E. B. Sledge
Published at: Presidio Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2007)
Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, With The Old Breed. He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacificthe terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinaryinto terms we mortals can grasp.
Tom HanksNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War.Now E.B.
Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation. An Alabama boy steeped in American history and enamored of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene B. Sledge became part of the war’s famous 1st Marine Division3rd Battalion, 5th Marines.
Even after intense training, he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu, where the world was a nightmare of flashes, explosions, and snapping bullets. By the time Sledge hit the hell of Okinawa, he was a combat vet, still filled with fear but no longer with panic.
8. Long Range Shooting Handbook: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Precision Rifle Shooting
Author: by Ryan M Cleckner
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (January 31, 2016)
25% of this book’s proceeds will be donated to two military charities: the Special Operation Warrior Foundation and the Sua Sponte Foundation. This book is the complete beginner’s guide to long range shooting written in simple every-day language so that it’s easy to follow.
Included are personal tips and best advice from my years of special operations sniper schooling and experience, and as a sniper instructor. If you are an experienced shooter, this guide will be a resource covering the principles and theory of long range shooting.
This is the preliminary book to help you understand fundamental concepts such as MOA vs Mils and external ballistics, that can be like a trusted resource at the range. Learning to shoot long range isn’t that difficult. Once you understand the basics, you can start to master your technique and you’ll be hitting targets in no time.
The author has a series of online instructional videos known for their ability to take seemingly complex areas of long range shooting and breaking them down so that they’re easy to understand. This book was motivated by the feedback from those videos.
9. Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause
Author: by Ty Seidule
Published at: St. Martin's Press (January 26, 2021)
“Ty Seidule scorches us with the truth and rivets us with his fierce sense of moral urgency.” -Ron ChernowIn a forceful but humane narrative, former soldier and head of the West Point history department Ty Seidule’s Robert E. Lee and Me challenges the myths and lies of the Confederate legacyand explores why some of this country’s oldest wounds have never healed.
Ty Seidule grew up revering Robert E.Lee. From his southern childhood to his service in the U.S. Army, every part of his life reinforced the Lost Cause myth: that Lee was the greatest man who ever lived, and that the Confederates were underdogs who lost the Civil War with honor.
Now, as a retired brigadier general and Professor Emeritus of History at West Point, his view has radically changed. From a soldier, a scholar, and a southerner, Ty Seidule believes that American history demands a reckoning. In a unique blend of history and reflection, Seidule deconstructs the truth about the Confederacythat its undisputed primary goal was the subjugation and enslavement of Black Americansand directly challenges the idea of honoring those who labored to preserve that system and committed treason in their failed attempt to achieve it.
10. The Art Of War
Author: by Sun Tzu
Published at: Filiquarian; First Thus edition (November 1, 2007)
Note: The chapters in the book are not in order and it is intentional. This edition approved by the Holden-Crowther Organisation for Asian Studies.
11. The Hiding Place
Author: by Corrie Ten Boom
Published at: Chosen Books; 35th Anniversary edition (January 1, 2006)
Corrie ten Boom was a woman admired the world over for her courage, her forgiveness, and her memorable faith. In World War II, she and her family risked their lives to help Jews escape the Nazis, and their reward was a trip to Hitler’s concentration camps.
But she survived and was released-as a result of a clerical error-and now shares the story of how faith triumphs over evil. For thirty-five years Corrie’s dramatic life story, full of timeless virtues, has prepared readers to face their own futures with faith, relying on God’s love to overcome, heal, and restore.
Now releasing in a thirty-fifth anniversary edition for a new generation of readers, The Hiding Place tells the riveting story of how a middle-aged Dutch watchmaker became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s death camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century.
12. The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Author: by Ben Macintyre
Published at: Crown; Reprint edition (August 6, 2019)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.
The best true spy story I have ever read. JOHN LE CARRNamed a Best Book of the Year by The Economist Shortlisted for the Bailie Giffords Prize in Nonfiction If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky.
The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation’s communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union’s top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6.
For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States’s nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war.
13. A People's History of the United States
Author: by Howard Zinn
THE CLASSIC NATIONAL BESTSELLER”A wonderful, splendid booka book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” Howard FastHistorian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States chronicles American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official narrative taught in schoolswith its emphasis on great men in high placesto focus on the street, the home, and the workplace.
Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, it is the only volume to tell America’s story from the point of view ofand in the words ofAmerica’s women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.
As Zinn shows, many of our country’s greatest battlesthe fights for a fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women’s rights, racial equalitywere carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance. Covering Christopher Columbus’s arrival through President Clinton’s first term, A People’s History of the United States features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.
14. The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones
Author: by Larry Loftis
Published at: Atria Books (February 9, 2021)
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Featured on Today What to Read in 2021 The Washington Post The international bestselling author of the exciting, suspenseful, inspirational (Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author) Code Name: Lise weaves another exceptional and thrilling hidden history of an ordinary American girl who became one of the OSS’s most daring spies in World War II before marrying into European nobility.
Perfect for fans of A Woman of No Importance and Code Girls. When Aline Griffith was born in a quiet suburban New York hamlet, no one had any idea that she would go on to live a life of glamour and danger that Ingrid Bergman only played at in Notorious (Time).
As the US enters the Second World War, the young college graduate is desperate to aid in the war effort, but no one is interested in a bright-eyed young woman whose only career experience is modeling clothes. Aline’s life changes when, at a dinner party, she meets a man named Frank Ryan and reveals how desperately she wants to do her part for her country.
15. 100 Deadly Skills: COMBAT EDITION: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Crushing Your Enemy, Fighting for Your Life, and Embracing Your Inner Badass
Author: by Clint Emerson
Published at: Lioncrest Publishing (January 19, 2021)
The first volume in the 100 Deadly Skills series delivered clandestine hacks designed to allow readers to escape and evade threats at home and abroad. The second book, my Survival Edition, provided a blueprint to surviving chaos, misadventures, and fatal disasters.
Now, with the Combat Edition, I’ve created the most comprehensive on-the-ground combatives manual ever assembledtraveling the country to learn the most effective combat techniques from some of the deadliest characters on Earth. The goal remains the same: allowing good people to defeat evil, fight for their lives, and survive another day.
Clint EmersonCreated by a retired Navy SEAL, this illustrated combat manual presents one hundred skills harvested from the world of special operations, outlaw bikers, lifelong martial artists, and professional fighters. Drawing on the unique skill sets of a carefully selected cadre of experts, each technique is carefully broken down to its component parts in order to radically improve your chances of coming out on topwhether you’re faced by an active shooter or coming toe to toe with a belligerent prick.
16. Dear Bob: Bob Hope's Wartime Correspondence with the G.I.s of World War II
Author: by Martha Bolton
Published at: University Press of Mississippi (March 2, 2021)
For five decades, comedian, actor, singer, dancer, and entertainer Bob Hope (19032003) traveled the world performing before American and Allied troops and putting on morale-boosting USO shows.Dear Bob …: Bob Hope’s Wartime Correspondence with the G.I. S of World War II tells the story of Hope’s remarkable service to the fighting men and women of World War II, collecting personal letters, postcards, packages, and more sent back and forth among Hope and the troops and their loved ones back home.
Soldiers, nurses, wives, and parents shared their innermost thoughts, swapped jokes, and commiserated with the G.I. S’ best friend about war, sacrifice, lonely days, and worrisome, silent nights. The Entertainer of the Century performed for millions of soldiers in person, in films, and over the radio.
He visited them in the hospitals and became not just a pal but their link to home. This unforgettable collection of letters and images, many of which remained in Hope’s personal files throughout his life and now reside at the Library of Congress, capture a personal side of both writer and recipient in a very special and often-emotional way.