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Last Men Out

by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin Free Press (May 03, 2011)

A “thrilling narrative of bravery, bravado, and loss” (Kirkus Reviews) that tells the “gripping story of a handful of marines who formed the last body of Americans to leave Saigon on April 30, 1975”...


Vietnam: The Necessary War

by Michael Lind Free Press (July 30, 2013)

A quarter century after its end, the Vietnam War still divides Americans. Some, mostly on the left, claim that Indochina was of no strategic value to the United States and was not worth an American war. Others,...


Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History

by John Fabian Witt Free Press (August 13, 2012)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Bancroft Prize Winner

ABA Silver Gavel Award Winner

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

In the closing days of 1862, just three weeks before Emancipation, the administration of Abraham...


Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs

by Patrick K. O'Donnell Free Press (March 10, 2004)

The battles of World War II were won not only by the soldiers on the front lines, and not only by the generals and admirals, but also by the shadow warriors whose work is captured for the first time in Operatives,...


Touching History

by Lynn Spencer Free Press (June 03, 2008)

On the azure blue morning of 9/11 the skies were pronounced "severe clear," in the parlance of airline pilots; a gorgeous day for flying. Nearly 5,000 flights were cruising the skies over America when FAA Operations...


What Every Person Should Know About War

by Chris Hedges Free Press (November 01, 2007)

Acclaimed New York Times journalist and author Chris Hedges offers a critical -- and fascinating -- lesson in the dangerous realities of our age: a stark look at the effects of war on combatants. Utterly lacking...


11 Days in December

by Stanley Weintraub Free Press (November 07, 2006)

In 11 Days In December, master historian and biographer Stanley Weintraub tells the remarkable story of the Battle of the Bulge as it has never been told before, from frozen foxholes to barn shelters to boxcars...


Atomic America

by Todd Tucker Free Press (March 03, 2009)

On January 3, 1961, nuclear reactor SL-1 exploded in rural Idaho, spreading radioactive contamination over thousands of acres and killing three men: John Byrnes, Richard McKinley, and Richard Legg. The Army...


15 Stars

by Stanley Weintraub Free Press (June 12, 2007)

In the closing days of World War II, America looked up to three five-star generals as its greatest heroes. George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Douglas MacArthur personified victory, from the Pentagon...


Storm on the Horizon

by David J. Morris Free Press (February 16, 2004)

Storm on the Horizon is the little-known story of the key land battle of Desert Storm: the Battle for Khafji -- and how that engagement has become part of military history. Combining some of the most powerful...


Sea Wolf of the Confederacy

by David W. Shaw Free Press (March 24, 2004)

In June 1863, just days before the epic clash at Gettysburg ended the last rebel land invasion of the North, a small party of the Confederate Navy mounted a devastating series of raids on the New England coast,...


Between War and Peace

by Matthew Moten Free Press (January 11, 2011)

An emperor bows abjectly before his conquerors on the deck of a battleship. As smoke yet rises from a bloody battlefield, a dejected general proffers his sword to his victorious opponent. Frock-coated ministers...


Napoleon on the Art of War

by Jay Luvaas Free Press (July 11, 2001)

Napoleon. The passage of time has not dimmed the power of his name. A century and a half after his death, Napoleon remains the greatest military genius of the modern world. Yet unlike Machiavelli, Clausewitz,...


Conquered into Liberty

by Eliot A. Cohen Free Press (December 06, 2011)

Americans often think of the Civil War as the conflict that consolidated the United States, including its military values and practices. But there was another, earlier, and more protracted struggle between "North"...


Liberty's Surest Guardian

by Jeremi Suri Free Press (September 27, 2011)

Americans are a nation-building people, and in Liberty's Surest Guardian, Jeremi Suri--Nobel Fellow and leading light in the next generation of policy makers--looks to America's history to see both what it has...


Under Pressure

by A. J. Hill Free Press (May 11, 2010)

Hanging on display in the United States Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., is a battered and scratched steel plate, two feet in diameter, edged with more than one hundred little semicircles. For more than eighty...


The Landmark Thucydides

by Robert B. Strassler & Victor Davis Hanson Free Press (September 10, 1998)

Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta “a possssion for all time,” and indeed it is the first and still most famous work in the Western historical tradition. Considered...


Supreme Command

by Eliot A. Cohen Free Press (April 17, 2012)

The relationship between military leaders and political leaders has always been a complicated one, especially in times of war. When the chips are down, who should run the show -- the politicians or the generals?...


A Rage for Glory

by James Tertius de Kay Free Press (May 11, 2010)

Stephen Decatur was one of the most awe-inspiring officers of the entire Age of Fighting Sail. A real-life American naval hero in the early nineteenth century, he led an astonishing life, and his remarkable...