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Forthcoming from Westholme
Edwards, Paul M. Under Four Flags: The U.S.S. Wake and the First American POWs of World War II. Forthcoming from Westholme Publishing in November 2008
Now available from Pelican
Steely, Skipper. Pearl Harbor Countdown: Admiral James O. Richardson. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, 2008
Forthcoming from History Press
Yakubov, Vladimir and Richard Worth. Raising the Red Banner: The Pictorial History of Stalin's Fleet 1920-1945. Forthcoming from The History Press in November 2008
Now available from Norton
Hamerow, Theodore S. Why We Watched: Europe, America, and the Holocaust. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc, 2008
Forthcoming from Zenith
Francois, Dominique. Normandy: Breaching the Atlantic Wall: From D-Day to the Breakout and Liberation. Forthcoming from Zenith in September 2008
Yelton, David K. Hitler's Volkssturm: The Nazi Militia and the Fall of Germany, 1944-1945. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2002
Now available from Random House
Dalin, David G. and John F. Rothmann. Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam. New York: Random House, 2008
Forthcoming from R and L
Gallicchio, Marc. The Scramble for Asia: U.S. Military Power in the Aftermath of the Pacific War. Forthcoming from Rowman and Littlefield in October 2008
Forthcoming from Florida
Billy, George J. and Christine M. Billy. Merchant Mariners at War: An Oral History of World War II. Forthcoming from University Press of Florida in September 2008
Now available from Pen and Sword
Blackwell, Ian. Battle for Sicily: Stepping Stone to Victory. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword Books Ltd, 2008
Le Tissier, Tony. Berlin Battlefield Guide: Third Reich and Cold War. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword Books Ltd, 2008
Now available from Palgrave Macmillan
Pike, David Wingeate. Franco and the Axis Stigma. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Publishing Company, 2008
Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan
Thomas, Joan Maria. Roosevelt and Franco during the Second World War: From the Spanish Civil War to Pearl Harbor. Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan Publishing Company in November 2008
This day in history
Sixty-five years ago today, on 17 August 1943, the US 7th Army and British 8th Army entered Messina, ending the campaign on Sicily.
Forthcoming from Zenith
Kehn Jr, Donald M. A Blue Sea of Blood: Deciphering the Mysterious Fate of the USS Edsall. Forthcoming from Zenith Books in December 2008
Now available from Helion
Baxter, Ian. Road to Destruction: Operation Blue and the Battle of Stalingrad 1942-43, A Photographic History. Solihull, UK: Helion & Company, 2008
Forthcoming from Potomac
Mitcham Jr., Samuel W. Defenders of Fortress Europe: The Untold Story of the German Officers during the Allied Invasion. Forthcoming from Potomac Books in November 2008
Now available from Ian Allan
Gordon, Yelim. Soviet Air Power in World War 2. Hersham, UK: Ian Allan Publishing, 2008
News from Osprey
You can always count on Team Botley, andsure enoughthey've published a couple of new WWII titles and added a new batch of books to the production schedule. Check our Osprey page for details.
Forthcoming from Johns Hopkins
Jefferson, Robert F. Fighting for Hope: African American Troops of the 93rd Infantry Division in World War II and Postwar America. Forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press in September 2008
News from William McCroden
In regard to the title German Army Order of Battle for World War II, 1939-1945, author William McCroden tells us the book remains in progress while "...coauthor Thomas Nutter is currently working on the unit history capsules...." He estimatesunofficiallythat the book should be available in 2010 at the latest. We're looking forward to it!
RAF Flight Lieutenant Eric Dowlingone of the principals involved in facilitating the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III in 1944died on 21 July in England at the age of 92.
Now available from Holt
Haynes, Fred and James A. Warren. The Lions of Iwo Jima. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2008
The Scholar's Bookshelf
Many juicy items for your purchasing pleasure appear within the pages of the printed "World War II for Summer 2008" catalog of books from The Scholar's Bookshelf, freshly delivered to mailboxes far and wide.
Forthcoming from Pen and Sword
Caygill, Peter. The Biggin Hill Wing, 1941: From Defence to Attack. Forthcoming from Pen and Sword Books Ltd in October 2008
Stewart, Adrian. The Campaigns of Alexander of Tunis, 1940-1945. Forthcoming from Pen and Sword Books Ltd in October 2008
Now available from Indiana
Adams, John A. If Mahan Ran the Great Pacific War: An Analysis of World War II Naval Strategy. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2008
Forthcoming from Birlinn
Reid, Walter. Churchill 1940-1945: Fighting with Allies. Forthcoming from Birlinn in October 2008
Forthcoming from Canada
Hansen, Randall. Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945. Forthcoming from Doubleday Canada in October 2008
Aleksandr Solzhenitsynan artillery captain in the Red Army who went on to become an outspoken critic of the Soviet system and world-renowned authordied on 3 August in Russia at the age of 89.
Sometimes when we run across an interesting/unusual/informative book, especially an older or out-of-print one, we like to bring it to your attention. Here's one:
Kleinfeld, Gerald R. and Lewis A. Tambs. Hitler's Spanish Legion: The Blue Division in Russia. St Petersburg, FL: Hailer Publishing, 2005
The original edition having been out of print for decades (and secondhand copies proving difficult to locate and excessively expensive), Hailer's softcover reprint of the classic history of the Spanish Blue Division on the Russian Front makes a great addition to any WWII bookshelf.
Rear Admiral Ralph Metcalfskipper of the submarine USS Pogy on three war patrols in the Pacific during 1943-1944died on 18 July in California at the age of 95.
Maga, Tim. America Attacks Japan: The Invasion that Never Was. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2002
Forthcoming from Formac-Lorimer
Haftel, William. Halifax at War: Searchlights, Squadrons and Submarines 1939-1945. Forthcoming from Formac - Lorimer Publishing in October 2008
Now available from Basic
Jones, Michael. Leningrad: State of Siege. New York: Basic Books, 2008
Brigadier General Thomas L. Hayesa USAAF fighter ace who fought in the Netherlands East Indies (and was shot down over Bali) in 1942 and went on to command the 364th Fighter Squadron in the 8th Air Force, ending the war with 8.5 victories over German aircraft and two over Japanese aircraftdied on 24 July in Virginia at the age of 91.
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