Best United States Military Veterans History Books
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1. 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.
2. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
Author: by Sebastian Junger
Published at: Twelve; 1st edition (May 1, 2016)
We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding-“tribes.” This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival. Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same.
Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life.
The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today. Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning.
3. Modern Warriors: Real Stories from Real Heroes
Author: by Pete Hegseth
Published at: Broadside Books (November 24, 2020)
A New York Times bestseller. From FOX & Friends Weekend cohost Pete Hegseth comes a collection of inspiring stories from fifteen of America’s greatest heroeshighly decorated Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, marines, Purple Heart recipients, combat pilots, a Medal of Honor recipient, and morebased on FOX Nation’s hit show of the same name.
After three Army deploymentsearning two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s BadgePete Hegseth knows what it takes to be a modern warrior. In Modern Warriors he presents candid, unfiltered conversations with fellow modern warriors and digs for real answers to key questions like: What inspired them to serve?
What is their legacy? What does sacrifice really mean to them? How do they handle loss? And what can civilians learn from this latest generation of veterans? From the skies over Afghanistan to the seas of the Mediterranean to the treacherous streets of Iraq, these brave men and women take you inside the firefight, sharing the harrowing realities of war.
4. Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America
Author: by Kathleen Belew
Published at: Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (May 7, 2019)
A Guardian Best Book of the YearA gripping study of white power Explosive. New York TimesHelps explain how we got to today’s alt-right. Terry Gross, Fresh AirThe white power movement in America wants a revolution. Returning to a country ripped apart by a war they felt they were not allowed to win, a small group of Vietnam veterans and disgruntled civilians who shared their virulent anti-communism and potent sense of betrayal concluded that waging war on their own country was justified.
The command structure of their covert movement gave women a prominent place. They operated with discipline, made tragic headlines in Waco, Ruby Ridge, and Oklahoma City, and are resurgent under President Trump. Based on a decade of deep immersion in previously classified FBI files and on extensive interviews, Bring the War Home tells the story of American paramilitarism and the birth of the alt-right.
A much-needed and troubling revelation The power of Belew’s book comes, in part, from the fact that it reveals a story about white-racist violence that we should all already know. The NationFascinating Shows how hatred of the federal government, fears of communism, and racism all combined in white-power ideology and explains why our responses to the movement have long been woefully inadequate.
5. Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor
Author: by Clinton Romesha
Published at: Dutton; Illustrated edition (May 2, 2017)
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe only comprehensive, firsthand account of the fourteen-hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.
It doesn’t get better.’ To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itselfKeatinghad become a kind of backhanded joke.
In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating.
6. The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
Author: by Robert O'Neill
Published at: Scribner; Reprint edition (April 3, 2018)
This instant New York Times bestsellera jaw-dropping, fast-paced account (New York Post) recounts SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s incredible four-hundred-mission career, including the attempts to rescue Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips, and which culminated in the death of the world’s most wanted terroristOsama bin Laden.
In The Operator, Robert O’Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs’ most elite unit.
After officially becoming a SEAL, O’Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy killsand though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with and fought beside never made it home.
Impossible to put downThe Operator is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative, and certainly the other half of the story of one of the world’s most famous military operationsIn the larger sense, this book is abouthow to be human while in the very same moment dealing with death, destruction, combat (Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author).
7. The York Patrol: The Real Story of Alvin York and the Unsung Heroes Who Made Him World War I's Most Famous Soldier
Author: by James Carl Nelson
Published at: William Morrow (February 23, 2021)
“Exceptional military history worthy of its heroic subject.” Matthew J. DavenportIn the vein of Band of Brothers and American Sniper, a riveting history of Alvin York, the World War I legend who killed two dozen Germans and captured more than 100, detailing York’s heroics yet also restoring the unsung heroes of his patrol to their rightful place in historyfrom renowned World War I historian James Carl Nelson.
October 8, 1918 was a banner day for heroes of the American Expeditionary Force. Thirteen men performed heroic deeds that would earn them Medals of Honor. Of this group, one man emerged as the single greatest American hero of the Great War: Alvin Cullum York.
A poor young farmer from Tennessee, Sergeant York was said to have single-handedly killed two dozen Germans and captured another 132 of the enemy plus thirty-five machine guns before noon on that fateful Day of Valor. York would become an American legend, celebrated in magazines, books, and a blockbuster biopic starring Gary Cooper.
8. Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations
Author: by Admiral William H. McRaven
Published at: Grand Central Publishing; Illustrated edition (May 21, 2019)
Following the success of his #1 New York Times bestseller Make Your Bed, which has sold over one million copies, Admiral William H. McRaven is back with amazing stories of bravery and heroism during his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America’s Special Operations Forces.Admiral William H.
McRaven is a part of American military history, having been involved in some of the most famous missions in recent memory, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.
Sea Stories begins in 1963 at a French Officers’ Club in France, where Allied officers and their wives gathered to have drinks and tell stories about their adventures during World War II-the place where a young Bill McRaven learned the value of a good story.
Sea Stories is an unforgettable look back on one man’s incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security military sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages. Action-packed, humorous, and full of valuable life lessons like those exemplified in McRaven’s bestselling Make Your Bed, Sea Stories is a remarkable memoir from one of America’s most accomplished leaders.
9. We Were Soldiers Once…and Young: Ia Drang – The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
Author: by Harold G. Moore
Published at: Presidio Press; 5/30/04 edition (June 29, 2004)
Each year, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps selects one book that he believes is both relevant and timeless for reading by all Marines. The Commandant’s choice for 1993 was We Were Soldiers Once …And Young. In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopter into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley.
They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was chopped to pieces. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War.
How these men persevered-sacrificed themselves for their comrades and never gave up-makes a vivid portrait of war at its most inspiring and devastating. General Moore and Joseph Galloway, the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting, have interviewed hundreds of men who fought there, including the North Vietnamese commanders.
10. The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander
Author: by Pete Blaber
Published at: Dutton Caliber; Illustrated edition (September 7, 2010)
A book about the complexities of combat that’s just as applicable for dealing with the complexities of business and our personal lives. Kevin Sharer, chairman and CEO, AmgenAs a commander of Delta Force-the most elite counterterrorist organization in the worldPete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time.
Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfareand the heart, mind, and spirit it takes to winand moves his focus from the combat zone to civilian life. In this book, you will learn the same lessons he learned, while experiencing what the life of a Delta Force Operator is likefrom the extreme physical and psychological training to the darkest of shadow ops all around the world.
From each mission, Pete Blaber has taken a life lesson back with him. You will learn these enlightening lessons as you gain insights into never-before-revealed missions executed around the globe. And when the smoke clears, you will emerge wiser, more capable, and better prepared to succeed in life than you ever thought possible.
11. Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors
Author: by George W. Bush
Published at: Crown; Illustrated edition (February 28, 2017)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W. Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America’s military veterans. With Forewords by former First Lady Laura Bush and General Peter Pace, 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Growing out of President Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11and whom he has come to know personally.
Our men and women in uniform have faced down enemies, liberated millions, and in doing so showed the true compassion of our nation. Often, they return home with injuriesboth visible and invisiblethat intensify the challenges of transitioning into civilian life.
In addition to these burdens, research shows a civilian-military divide. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they have little understanding of the issues facing veterans, and veterans agree: eighty-four percent say that the public has “little awareness” of the issues facing them and their families.
13. The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific
Author: by Alistair Urquhart
Published at: Skyhorse; 1st edition (November 1, 2011)
Riveting, powerful, moving. The Observer, Compelling … A book that must be read.Daily Mail. A story of almost unimaginable suffering.BBC Radio 4. Urquhart grabs our attention with unforgettable stories. Minneapolis Star-TribuneThis is the extraordinary story of a young man, conscripted at nineteen, who survived not just one but three separate encounters with deathencounters which killed nearly all his comrades.
Silent for over fifty years, this is Alistair Urquhart’s extraordinary, moving, and inspirational tale of survival against the odds. Alistair Urquhart was among the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore during World War II. He not only survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious death railway and the bridge on the River Kwai, but he was subsequently taken prisoner on one of the Japanese hellships which was later torpedoed, killing nearly everyone on boardbut not Urquhart.
He spent five days adrift on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a Japanese whaling ship. He was then taken to Japan and forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later he was struck by the blast from the atomic bombdropped just ten miles away.
14. Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
Author: by Gunter Koschorrek
Published at: Zenith Press; 39318th edition (October 30, 2005)
For the German soldier fighting under Hitler, keeping a diary was strictly forbidden. So Gunter Koschorrek, a fresh young recruit, wrote his notes on whatever scraps of paper he could find and sewed the pages into the lining of his winter coat.
Left with his mother on his rare trips home, this illicit diary eventually was lostand did not come to light until some 40 years later when Koschorrek was reunited with his daughter in America. It is this remarkable document, a unique day-to-day account of the common German soldier’s experience, that makes up the memoir that is Blood Red Snow.
15. China Marine: An Infantryman's Life after World War II
Author: by E. B. Sledge
Published at: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (September 4, 2003)
See E.B.Sledge’s story in the HBO miniseries The Pacific! China Marine is the extraordinary sequel to E.B. Sledge’s memoir, With the Old Breed, which remains the most powerful and moving account of the U.S. Marines in World War II.
Sledge continues his story where With the Old Breed left off and recounts the compelling conclusion of his Marine career. After Japan’s surrender in 1945, Sledge and his company were sent to China to maintain order and to calm the seething cauldron of political and ideological unrest created by opposing factions.
His regiment was the first Marine unit to return to the ancient city of Peiping (now Beijing) where they witnessed the last of old China and the rise of the Communist state. Sledge also recounts the difficulty of returning to his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, and resuming civilian life while haunted by shadows of close combat.
Through the discipline of writing and the study of biology, he shows how he came to terms with the terrifying memories that had plagued him for years. Poignant and compelling, China Marine provides a frank depiction of the real costs of war, emotional and psychological as well as physical, and reveals the enduring bond that develops between men who face the horrors of war.
16. House to House: A Soldier's Memoir
Author: by Sgt. David Bellavia
Published at: Free Press; Reprint edition (March 18, 2008)
THE CLASSIC SOLDIER’S MEMOIR FROM MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT STAFF SERGEANT DAVID BELLAVIA A rare and gripping account of frontline combat.LTG (Ret.H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty They used to say that the real war will never get in the books.
Here it does, stunningly.Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq and Making the Corps To read this book is to know intimately the daily grind and danger of men at war. Anthony Swofford, New York Times bestselling author of JarheadOne of the great heroes of the Iraq War, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia captures the brutal action and raw intensity of leading his Third Platoon, Alpha Company, into a lethally choreographed kill zone: the booby-trapped, explosive-laden houses of Fallujah’s militant insurgents.
Bringing to searing life the terrifying intimacy of hand-to-hand infantry combat, this stunning war memoir features an indelibly drawn cast of characters, not all of whom would make it out alive, as well as the chilling account of the singular courage that earned Bellavia the Medal of Honor: Entering one house alone, he used every weapon at his disposal in the fight of his life against America’s most implacable enemy.