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The following books have been reviewed by ARMY Magazine.

American Foreign Legion: Black Soldiers of the 93d in World War I
Frank E. Roberts
The battlefield successes of these African Americans under the French at the height of the German offensives in 1918 turned white expectations of failure upside down.

Blitzkrieg Legend
Karl-Heinz Frieser
Here, for the first time in English, is an illuminating new German perspective on the decisive Blitzkrieg campaign of 1940. Karl-Heinz Frieser's account provides the definitive explanation for Germany's startling success and the equally surprising and rapid military collapse of France and Britain on the European continent. Available October 2005.

Command Legacy: A Tactical Primer for Junior Leaders of Infantry Units
LTC Raymond A. Millen USA
Handbook for combat leaders at the company level on organizing, planning and leading small units in combat.

Day of Lightning, Years of Scorn: Walter C. Short and the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Charles R. Anderson
Over the years various books on Pearl Harbor have presented Short and his Navy counterpart, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel as either fools or scapegoats for Washington officials attempting to hide their own errors. In this long overdue first biography of Short, the general emerges as an honorable man who made some errors.

Defense Logistics for the 21st Century
Bill Tuttle USA Ret.
In the forty-five years since the last major study of defense logistics was published, a revolutionary change in information technology and defense strategy has swept the field and mandated a new understanding of the objectives and principles of military logistics. This comprehensive work addresses all aspects of the subject.

Heavy Metal: A Tank Company’s Battle to Baghdad
Jason Conroy and Ron Martz
Through the exciting personal stories of the young troopers of Charlie Company—who experienced a very different war from what was seen back home on TV—Heavy Metal tells much about the qualities of today’s American soldier and about how the Army should prepare to fight future wars.

Kitchener’s War: British Strategy from 1914 to 1916
George H. Cassar
Without the advantage of birth or social connections, Horatio Herbert Kitchener rose rapidly in the Army, from obscure subaltern to the most acclaimed soldier in Britain. In August 1914, in the hour of his country’s greatest need, he dutifully responded to the call to serve as secretary for war. George Cassar’s study focuses on Kitchener’s role in recognizing and framing the larger issues of the war facing his countrymen and the Allies.

Last Kilometer Marching to Victory in Europe with the Big Red One, 1944-1945
A. Preston Price
The story of life as an infantryman during the final phases of World War II.

Medics at War: Military Medicine from Colonial Times to the 21st Century
John T Greenwood and F. Clifton Berry Jr.
Filled with more than 150 color and black-and-white illustrations, this handsome large-format book celebrates frontline medical personnel and the critical role they have played in the success of U.S. armed forces, from the battles of Lexington and Concord in colonial times to the recent battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Military Geography for Professionals and the Public
COL John M. Collins USA (Ret.)
Comprehensive study of military geography. Examines the role of geography in shaping strategy and battles.

Military Strategy: Principles, Practices, and Historical Perspectives
COL John M. Collins USA (Ret.)
Comprehensive study of the strategic art emcompassing traditional and specialized strategies including coalition and counterterrorism warfare.

On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom
Gregory Fontenot
This hard-hitting, authoritative account of U.S. Army operations during the Second Gulf War draws on official records and work carried out by the Army’s Operation Iraqi Freedom Study Group.

Patton at Bay: The Lorraine Campaign, 1944
John Nelson Rickard
For Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., the battle for Lorraine during the fall and winter of 1944 was a frustrating and grueling experience of static warfare. Rickard examines Patton’s generalship during these bitter battles and suggests that Patton was unable to adapt to the new realities of the campaign, thereby failing to wage the most effective warfare possible.

Road to Rainbow: Army Planning for Global War, 1934-1940
Henry G. Gole
Provides an Army perspective on planning before World War II, capitalizing on previously unused files.

Soldiering: Observations from Korea, Vietnam, and Safe Places
Henry G Gole
Gole provides fascinating insight into the professional military at war and how these professionals relate to each other, both under great stress and during periods of decompression.

Stray Voltage: War in the Information Age
Wayne M. Hall
Explains the notion of knowledge warfare as our adversaries’ principal asymmetric strategy and information operations as their tactic du jour.

United States Army at War - 9/11 through Iraq
F. Clifton Berry Jr.
Commemorative book featuring exclusive frontline photography by Dennis Steele of ARMY Magazine, plus official U.S. Army photographs, this large format volume pays tribute to all U.S. Army personnel fighting the war on terror.

White Tigers: My Secret War in Korea
Ben S. Malcolm USA (Ret.) with Ron Martz.
With Malcom's experience as coordinator of the intelligence activities of eleven partisan battalions, WHITE TIGERS examines all aspects of guerrilla activities in Korea.

Will to Win: The Life of General James A. Van Fleet
Paul F. Braim
Called the nation's greatest combat general by President Truman. This biography of Gen. James Van Fleet relates his unique story and draws parallels to the U.S. Army's twentieth century history.