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J. H. Faber catalog
Jack and Jane Faber of Millwood, NY have issued their military, naval, aviation, and world history catalog #51. It lists 497 titles on twenty pages, and -- as part of the usual alphabetical rotation -- includes books written by authors whose names start with "P", "Q", and "R", as well as an extensive "Late Arrivals" section listing new and special interest titles by all authors. Among the WWII titles:
Derry. The Campaign in Norway.
Kruger. From Down Under to Nippon.
Pogue. George C. Marshall. Four-volume biography.
Raeder. My Life.
Reynolds. The Fast Carriers.
Military Book Club
Selections for February 1996:
O'Neill. Suicide Squads.
Gunston. Classic World War II Aircraft Cutaways.
Rose. The Ship That Held the Line: The USS Hornet and the First Year of the Pacific War.
Tsouras (editor). Fighting in Hell: The German Ordeal on the Eastern Front. Consolidates four post-war debriefings by German generals.
T. Cadman adds new books
Catalog #24 from T. Cadman in LA arrived today. In addition to his ever-improving assortment of used books, Mr. Cadman now offers new books from a variety of publishers. This makes for ten pages of very credible titles at reasonable prices. Check out:
Alden. US Submarine Attacks in World War II.
Argyle. Chronology of World War II.
Blair. Silent Victory.
Hamilton. Monty. Three volume set.
Naval History Division. United States Naval Chronology, World War II. This includes day-by-day accounting of every US warship lost or damaged, and enemy warships sunk.
More from Scholars
Hard on the heels of their big "Military History" list comes the "Bargains and Closeouts" catalog for Winter 1996 from Scholar's Bookshelf.
This new one contains a healthy selection of WWII titles; some are duplicate listings from the "Military History" catalog while others are unique to this catalog. Interestingly enough, of those books that are listed in both, the prices tend to run about $2 to $3 cheaper in the "Bargains and Closeouts" edition.
The moral of the story? Double check the new catalog for prices before you place an order with Scholars. (Of course, it also helps to review the price quotes from dozens of other booksellers on our Bibliography pages.)
Ensign presents 24 pages of book listings -- mostly naval, from all eras -- in catalog #13 for Winter 1996. Especially notably are the US Navy Cruise Books, including many on WWII:
War Diary: U.S.S. Alabama, 1942-1944. (BB-60).
Tarawa to Tokyo. U.S.S. Lexington (CV-16).
Into the Wind: U.S.S. Yorktown, World War II. (CV-10).
History of the U.S.S. Washington, 1941-1946. (BB-56).
Check the Ensign catalog for further Cruise Book listings.
"Supplement D" from Jerboa-Redcap Books runs to six pages of new and used titles: military, naval, and aviation. Most of these are sale books, but not too many on World War II this time around.
Military History from the Scholar's Bookshelf
The big "Winter 1996" catalog just arrived with 30 pages of World War II titles. These are divided into topics like Histories & Memoirs, Home Front, War in Europe, Russia & the Eastern Front, The Pacific, etc, and cover a broad, eclectic mix of books from publishers both large and small. All these are new copies, and prices range from list to deeply discounted.
Morison. History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. All fifteen volumes available individually or as a set.
HMSO. The War with Japan. Four volumes.
HMSO. British Intelligence in the Second World War. Multiple volumes.
Chorley. Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War. Three volume set.
If you aren't already on the Scholar's mailing list, you should sign up.
The new brochure is as difficult to decipher as past ones, but GAME Marketing continues to distribute Valor Publishing's line of booklets, including series on Polish II Corps in Italy, German Ground Forces, Italian Armed Forces, East Front, US Army, etc.
How can I get on the Internet and become rich and famous?
We've started receiving a steady dribble of inquiries from booksellers who want to know how they can get themselves listed on our "Dealers" page so they can start offering our visitors great WWII books at terrific prices.
It's easy and it's free. If you publish or sell books about the military, diplomatic, political, or economic aspects of the Second World War, just send us your current catalog or price list, and include a sheet with your business name, contact information, and all the other kinds of data you typically see in our existing bookseller listings.
That's all there is to it.
Of course, we're always willing to accept review copies of WWII books that we can use to further educate ourselves and our surfing friends, but that's not strictly necessary.
We'd like to expand our horizons (and find out about more books, publishers, and dealers), so don't be shy about signing up your business for our free listings.
History Book Club
Two good choices for January:
Glantz, David M. and Jonathan House. When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler.
Fritz, Stephen G. Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II.
Edward R. Hamilton's "Bargain Books" catalog arrived today. Not much new, but the usual low prices on a few useful titles. Be sure to take a look at Hamilton's listing for Molony's 921 page volume in the HMSO official series on Sicily and Italy, mentioned in our Sicily reading list below.
Zenith Books' latest catalog, Winter/Spring 1996, carries hundreds of books with descriptive listings in teeny-tiny type. Hard on the eyes, but packed with great stuff. All eras, but heavy on World War II. Air, land, and sea, but heavy on aviation. No used books, all new. Lots of air unit histories. Categories include Blimps, Dirigibles & Zeppelins; Combat Weaponry; Helicopters; Military Vehicles; World War II; Battle of Britain; Eighth Air Force; Military Insignia & Uniforms; Squadrons, Aces & Fighting Units; Asia & the Pacific; Pearl Harbor; and more.
Some titles that caught my eye:
Mason. Battle over Britain.
Rohwer and Hummelchen. Chronology of the War at Sea, 1939-1945.
Jefford. RAF Squadrons.
Shores. Bloody Shambles, volumes 1 and 2.
Freeman. Mighty Eighth War Diary.
In this catalog you're sure to find plenty of new books to spend your money on.
Catalog #165 arrived today from Antheil with 48 pages of naval, maritime, aviation, and military books of all eras, including a substantial proportion of WWII titles. Of note:
Auphan and Mordal. The French Navy in World War II. From Naval Institute Press.
Derry. The Campaign in Norway. HMSO official history.
Collier. Defence of the United Kingdom. Another HMSO official.
Long. To Benghazi. Australian official history.
South African histories
In response to a recent inquiry, here is some information on "official" South African histories of World War II.
The Fall-Winter catalog from the Avery Publishing Group remains available with a number of military and WWII books including the West Point Military History Series. Request from Avery at 120 Old Broadway, Garden City Park, NY 11040, but beware of the first 75 pages of recipes, nutrition, and skin care.
World War II Books web pages
The online mail order catalog for World War II Books has been updated with four new lists for January containing up-to-date stock and price information: Armies, Espionage, the Third Reich, and Navies & Submarines. As always, all of their catalogs, comprising over 6500 titles, are available by email or in print form by mail. Check the website for details.
Military Book Club
Two WWII selections for the new year:
Butler, Rupert. An Illustrated History of the Gestapo.
Spurr, Russell. A Glorious Way to Die.
Admiral Arleigh "31-Knot" Burke died Monday, 1 January 1996 at Bethesda Naval Hospital at the age of 94. Burke received his nickname while commanding destroyers in the Pacific in World War II where he became one of the US Navy's more colorful commanders. He went on to serve three terms as chief of naval operations after the war. In 1991 the USS Arleigh Burke was commissioned as the first of the Navy's newest class of destroyers. There are at least two biographies of Burke readily available through used book dealers:
Jones, Ken and Hubert Kelley, jr. Admiral Arleigh (31-Knot) Burke: Story of a Fighting Sailor. Philadelphia, Chilton, 1962.
Potter, E. B. Admiral Arleigh Burke: A Biography. New York: Random House, 1990.
Reading List for the campaign on Sicily
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