Tin Can Titans by John Wukovits

An excellent narrative of the blue-collar destroyers. Destroyers did not have the firepower of battleships or cruisers or the glamour of the aircraft carriers, but they had the grit and versatility to be vital parts of the U.S. war effort in the Pacific.

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The Chosen Few by Gregg Zoroya

Zoroya, like so many great authors in the past, perfectly describes the fighting spirit of America's warriors. He chronicles the different firefights and battles in explicit detail. A gripping and enduring tribute to the men of the "Chosen Few."

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Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America by Michael C. Harris

The book thrives in the details. Harris in many instances lists the names of those who are killed or wounded in a particular part of the battle. That example and his efforts to pin down the timing of each movement give the reader an intimate understanding of the figures and events surrounding this important battle in the American Revolution.

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Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack by Steve Twomey

In Countdown to Pearl Harbor Steve Twomey revisits the reasons why the Americans were so caught off-guard by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Still to this day it astounds me at the incompetence and arrogance of America’s leaders as Japan prepared for war against the United States. Twomey does a masterful job of bringing this incompetence and arrogance into blindingly bright light. He uses countless examples of the lackadaisical attitude of officers at Pearl Harbor that led to the...

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The Swamp Fox by John Oller

Although at first blush the title of John Oller's The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution seems a bit hyperbolic, but after reading it, I agree. An excellent book that describes the exploits of one of the saviors of the American Revolution in the South.

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The Last Battle by Scott C. Patchan

A wonderful look at a pivotal battle for control of the Shenandoah Valley. The book gives an excellent account of the battle and all of the participants. Patchan uses various sources, both primary and secondary, to describe the flow of the battle.

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