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Best Military Books

Recommendations from 9 articles, Tulsi Gabbard , John Scalzi, Glen Mazzara and 12 others.
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Band of Brothers
E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
Stephen E. Ambrose - Sep 05, 2017 (first published in 1992)
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Stephen E. Ambroses classic New York Times bestseller and inspiration for the acclaimed HBO series about Easy Company, the ordinary men who became the World War IIs most extraordinary soldiers at the frontlines of the war's most critical moments. Featuring a foreword from Tom Hanks.They came together, citizen soldiers, in the summer of 1942, drawn ...
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Tulsi Gabbard
A Bright Shining Lie
John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
Neil Sheehan - Sep 12, 1988
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This passionate, epic account of the Vietnam War centres on Lt Col John Paul Vann, whose story illuminates America's failures & disillusionment in SE Asia. A field adviser to the army when US involvement was just beginning, he quickly became appalled at the corruption of the S. Vietnamese regime, their incompetence in fighting the Communists & thei...
Battle Cry of Freedom
The Civil War Era
James M. McPherson - Dec 11, 2003 (first published in 1988)
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Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one ...
We Were Soldiers Once...And Young
Ia Drang The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
Harold G. Moore - Oct 20, 1992 (first published in 1991)
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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 helicopt...
On Killing
The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
Dave Grossman - Jun 22, 2009 (first published in 1995)
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The revised and updated edition of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's modern classic, hailed by the Washington Post as "an illuminating account of how soldiers learn to kill and how they live with the experiences of having killed." The good news is that most soldiers are loath to kill. But armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instincti...
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Noah Kagan
Old Man's War
John Scalzi - Oct 17, 2017 (first published in 2005)
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John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-- and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim...
On China
Henry Kissinger - Apr 24, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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"Fascinating, shrewd . . . The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns of Chinese history." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesIn this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book length to a country he has known intimately for decades and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. On China illu...
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Greg Norman
The Forever War
Joe Haldeman - Feb 17, 2009 (first published in 1974)
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Series Info:This is the first part of the "Forever War" series, however it can be read as a standalone.Book Description:The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sanddespite the fact that the fierce alien enemy that they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Milita...
The Face of Battle
A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme
John Keegan - Jan 01, 1983
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Military historian John Keegan’s groundbreaking analysis of combat and warfareThe Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the "point of maximum danger." Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, Jo...
Sergeant Rex
The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog
Mike Dowling - Oct 09, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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The thrilling and inspiring story of a U.S. Marine and his dog Rex, a bomb sniffing German Shepard, who forged a bond of trust and loyalty while serving on the war-torn streets of Iraq’s most dangerous city.Called “a deeply affecting tale of courage and devotion in the cauldron of war” by Publishers Weekly, Sergeant Mike Dowling’s heart-pounding ac...
The Dog Who Could Fly
The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew At His Side
Damien Lewis - Jul 21, 2015 (first published in 2013)
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“A thoroughly enjoyable story of heroism and true friendship” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), this Sunday Times top ten bestseller is the true account of a German shepherd who was adopted by the Royal Air Force during World War II, flying countless combat missions and surviving everything from crash-landings to parachute bailouts—ultimately sa...
Always Faithful by William W. Putney
Lincoln and His Generals by T. Harry Williams
Dogs Of War by Lisa Rogak
1776 by David McCullough
Leading Change, With a New Preface by the Author by John P. Kotter
Grunts by John C. McManus
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Descent into Chaos by Ahmed Rashid