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...
Tag - military history
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.
Harding brings his expert skills as a researcher and writer to this little known subject. An excellent look at a long-forgotten story that occurred at the beginning of American involvement in World War II in the Pacific.
Honor Before Glory is the story of the 442nd, a segregated unit of Japanese American citizens, commanded by white officers, that finally rescued the "lost battalion." Their unmatched courage and sacrifice under fire became legend.
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.
Although Cornwell is known for his fiction writing, he shines in this latest endeavor in historical writing. He is one of the best writers that I know in describing men in battle. He uses this skill to great effect when describing the visceral combat between the combatants.
An awesome book about not only the sacrifices that the men and women of our country make fighting our wars, but also the sacrifices their families and other loved ones make as well.
An excellent description and analysis of David Porter's cruise in southern Pacific Ocean. Daughan balances describing Porter's excellent leadership of the Essex and Porter's borderline stupid decision to claim Nuku Hiva for the United States.
This book is an example of great research and wonderful writing. The authors do justice to the soldiers and leaders of both sides. A must-read for anyone wanting to fully understand how the Confederates were able to dominate the Union at Chancellorsville.