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Clash of Empires in South China: The Allied Nations' Proxy War with Japan, 1935-1941 ~ Franco David Macri

In the first book to cover this southern theater in detail, David Macri closely examines strategic decisions, campaigns, and operations and shows how they affected Allied grand strategy. Drawing on documents of U.S. and British officials, he reveals for the first time how the Sino-Japanese War served as a "proxy war" for the Allies: by keeping Japan's military resources focused on southern China, they hoped to keep the enemy bogged down in a war of attrition that would prevent them from breaching British and Soviet territory

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Kansas Press

Blades of Thunder

Guide to the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign ~ Charles R. Bowery, Jr and Ethan S. Rafuse

A concise, single-volume collection of official reports and personal accounts, the guide is organized in one-day and multi-day itineraries that take the reader to all the battlefields of the campaign, some of which have never before been interpreted and described for the visitor so extensively. Comprehensive campaign and battle maps reflect troop movements, historical terrain features, and modern roads for ease of understanding and navigation. A uniquely useful resource for the military enthusiast and the battlefield traveler, this is the essential guide for anyone hoping to see the historic landscape and the human face of this most decisive campaign of the Civil War.

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Kansas Press

The Making of a Paratrooper: Airborne Training and Combat in World War II ~ Kurt Gabel

"In World War II, few American soldiers equalled the gallantry of the Army's airborne divisions. These forces were often dropped behind enemy lines, and despite casualties they triumphed in some of the bloodiest fighting of the war, including the Battle of the Bulge. One such paratrooper was Kurt Gabel, and this is his story. In "The Making of a Paratrooper" Gabel conveys both the dangers of combat and his transformation from romantic idealist to warrior. At the same time, he illuminates the collective experiences of his unit - the 17th Airborne's 513th Regiment."

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Kansas Press

Selling War: A Critical Look at the Military's PR Machine ~ Steven J. Alvarez

"In the spring of 2004, Army reservist and public affairs officer Steven J. Alvarez waited to be called up as the U.S. military stormed Baghdad and deposed Saddam Hussein. Selling War recounts how the U.S. military lost the information war in Iraq by engaging the wrong audiences - that is the Western media - by ignoring Iraqi citizens and the wider Arab population, and by paying mere lip service to the directive to "Put an Iraqi face on everything." A revealing glimpse into the inner workings of the military's PR machine, Selling War provides a critical review of the outdated communication strategies executed in Iraq. This candid account demonstrates how a fundamental lack of understanding in how to wage an information war has led to the conditions we face now: the rise of ISIS and the returnof U.S. forces to Iraq.

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Nebraska Press

Gardens of Hell: Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign ~ Patrick Gariepy

Gardens of Hell examines the human side of one fo the greatest tragedies of modern warfare, the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War. In February 1915, beginning with a naval attack on Turkey in the Dardanells, a combined force of British, Austrailian, New Zealand, Indian, and French troops invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula only to face crushing losses and an ignominious retreat from what seemed a hopeless mission. Both sides in the battle suffered huge casualties, with a combined 127,000 servicemen killed during the action.

Patrick Gariepy has pieced together the battle from combatants' own words. Drawn from diaries and lettersand from stories passed down through generations of families, these accounts offer an honest, hearfelt, and sometimes painful testimony to a doomed campaign fought by the men who lived through the fury, terror, and grief that was Gallipoli.

-- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Nebraska Press

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