MILITARY HISTORY 101: the best military history books

A Listmania! list by Philip W. Henry (Rialto, CA)
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The list author says: "The experience of war is... regrettably.... shared by millions. These are all books by those who have fought in, studied, or reported on war."
We were Soldiers Once...And Young: Ia Drang--The Battle That Changed The War In Vietnam
1.  We were Soldiers Once...And Young: Ia Drang--The Battle That Changed The War In Vietnam by Harold G. Moore
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  "War as it is: by Lt.Gen Hal Moore (USA. Ret) A Soldier's Soldier. The Defining Battle of the Vietnam War (Ia Drang)"
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The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme
2.  The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme by John Keegan
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  "John Keegan is the Best Military Historian around. Period.  An examination of what motivates men to die in a pointless cause  (The British Army suffered 60-k casualties in one day)"
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The Mask of Command: Alexander the Great, Wellington, Ulysses S. Grant, Hitler, and the Nature of Leadership
3.  The Mask of Command: Alexander the Great, Wellington, Ulysses S. Grant, Hitler, and the Nature of Leadership by John Keegan
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  "Another Keegan Classic:  what makes leaders, leaders?"
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The Norton Book of Modern War
4.  The Norton Book of Modern War by Paul Fussell
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  "Edited by Paul Fussell. Compilation of great first-person war reporting. :   Hemingway; Mailer; James Jones; Wilfred Owen; Sigfried Sassoon."
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Gallipoli (Perennial Classics)
5.  Gallipoli (Perennial Classics) by Alan Moorehead
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  "The Battle that Created Australia-- The aussies were cannon fodder for the Turks at Gallipoli; but established their National Identity. (Also: see Movie)"
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A Rumor of War
6.  A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
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  "A classic of Vietnam reporting."
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The Things They Carried
7.  The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
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  "Great first person writing and dialogue.Tim O'Brien understands what makes men do what they do in war."
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Dispatches
8.  Dispatches by Michael Herr
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Hell In A Very Small Place: The Siege Of Dien Bien Phu
9.  Hell In A Very Small Place: The Siege Of Dien Bien Phu by Bernard B. Fall
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  "Bernard Fall again:  The defining battle of the Indochina War for the French"
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Street Without Joy
10.  Street Without Joy by Bernard B. Fall
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  "Bernard Fall died covering the War the French began and the Americans became ensnared into finishing."
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An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy
11.  An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson
The list author says:
  "Rick Atkinson looks at a largely-ignored piece of History: The War in North Africa. (Also recommend The Long Gray Line: West Point Class of l966)"
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The 900 Days: The Siege Of Leningrad
12.  The 900 Days: The Siege Of Leningrad by Harrison Evans Salisbury
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  "Harrison Salsbury of the New York Times looks at one of the most brutal sieges in Histor\y,"
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The Great War and Modern Memory
13.  The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell
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  "Paul Fussell examines the cultural contributions of the First World War.  A Classic."
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Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
14.  Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam by Bernard Edelman
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  "First=person Accounts of Vietnam as it was/"
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Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959-1975 (Library of America)
15.  Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959-1975 (Library of America) by Milton J. Bates
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  "Excellent War Reporting by Halberstam; Sheehan;Fall;Sheehan"
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A Vietcong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath
16.  A Vietcong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath by David Chanoff
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  "Excellent perspective on the Viet Cong's experience."
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