|News archive for November 1997|
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Ryan, Cornelius. The Longest Day. New York: Touchstone, 1994.
Ryan, Cornelius. The Last Battle. New York: Touchstone, 1994.
Ryan, Cornelius. A Bridge Too Far. New York: Touchstone, 1995.
Old Army Books of Kentucky today uploaded full details of its stock of several thousand secondhand military books, including several new categories not previously listed at the Old Army website. This marks a tremendous increase in the number of titles displayed on Bruce's webpages, so be sure to check it out.
The War Room
Tom Paragian of The War Room has updated his online inventory with an assortment of used books (specializing in the Third Reich and the war in Europe), special discount books, and WWII videos.
Now available from Greenwood/Praeger
Rees, David. The Defeat of Japan. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1997
Articles of War
Bob Ruman has updated his online book inventory with more than 4000 military titles, including -- for the first time -- a selection of over 600 secondhand books.
News from Canada
Brandenburgers is now available from J. J. Fedorowicz. Forthcoming titles include:
Munch. 653 History
Oxford University Press offers in its new "British and European History" catalog of "New and Recent Books 1998" a selection of WWII-related titles at discounted prices through the end of February. Included, among others, are the two most recent volumes of the Germany and the Second World War series.
News from Greenwood
Kaufmann, J. E. and H. W. Kaufmann. Maginot Imitations: Major Fortifications of Germany and Neighboring Countries
Lee, Loyd E. World War II in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, with General Sources: A Handbook of Literature and Research
Now available from MCP
Mansfield Jr., John G. Cruisers for Breakfast: War Patrols of the U.S.S. Darter and U.S.S. Dace. Tacoma, WA: Media Center Publishing, 1997.
History Book Club
Offered for Winter 1997:
Linderman. The World Within War
Now available from Brassey's
Caine, Philip D. Aircraft Down! Evading Capture in WWII Europe. London: Brassey's, 1997.
Now available from Nafziger
Soviet Tactical Doctrine in WWII. Pisgah, OH: Nafziger, 1997. (Reprint of Chapter V of US War Department's Handbook on USSR Military Forces, TM-30-340, with an introduction by Shawn Caza.)
Now available from NIP
Whittingham, Richard. Martial Justice: The Last Mass Execution in the United States. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997. Trial and execution of seven German POWs. Softcover reprint.
Yerger, Mark C. Waffen-SS Commanders: The Army, Corps and Divisional Leaders of a Legend: Augsberger to Kreutz. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 1997.
Now available from Presidio
Morehead, James B. In My Sights: The Memoir of a P-40 Ace. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1997.
The Scholar's Bookshelf Fall History catalog is now available. While its Second World War selections are not as extensive as its more important Military catalog, there are still substantial sections on Hitler & Nazism, The Holocaust, and World War II.
Military Book Club
Selections for Winter 1997:
Mitcham. The Desert Fox in Normandy
Among the many sub-specializations of the field of World War Two studies is the area of orders of battle. It can be said with some justification that study of any battle or campaign must begin with an analysis of the opposing forces. To a certain extent this can be extended to include the overall size and structure of a nation's entire military force, and there are many researchers and books dealing with the complete OB of a given nation.
In this survey we attempt to cover the most important books about OBs of ground forces for the major powers of the Second World War.
Across the Atlantic
Woolcott Books of Near Dorchester has dispatched its new catalog "Tank". (Their catalogs are never numbered, but named according to the cover illo.) Loads of excellent unit histories as well as more familiar categories of books.
Read the book, see the movie
It's not too often we can report a movie deal for a non-fiction WWII book, but Presidio has announced that Striking Back: A Jewish Commando's War against the Nazis by Peter Masters has been optioned by Miramax with Rick and John Dahl to direct, produce, and write.
Houterman, J. N. Eastern Troops in Zeeland, The Netherlands, 1943-1945: Hitler's Osttruppen in the West. Bayside, NY: Axis Europa, 1997.
Maureen and Frank have uploaded more than a thousand military books and an extensive collection of military badges and insignia at their Jerboa-Redcap Books website. Check out the "News" page while you're there.
We had not heard from Ensign Books in quite awhile until today when their latest list arrived. Tony specializes in naval books, naval annuals, ONI reports, and US Navy cruise books.
Catalog #35 from T. Cadman arrived here today with fifteen pages of used WWII titles.
Zentner, Christian and Friedemann Bedurftig. (editors) The Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. New York: Da Capo, 1997. English translation edited by Amy Hackett.
Onward marches Technology
Aberdeen Books and Jerboa-Redcap Books have recently installed new webpages at their sites which will allow them to post daily -- or hourly! -- messages for visitors, much as we do right here on this page. Both those booksellers constantly receive shipments of newly published books and will now be able to keep you informed about availability and prices of titles as they roll off the presses.
Oxford University Press has dispatched its "Autumn Sale" catalog with a few WWII titles at discounted prices. Among them:
Chambers and Culbert. World War II, Film, and History
Dunn jr., Walter S. Kursk: Hitler's Gamble, 1943. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997.
Military History Catalogue #29 from Paul E. Kisselburg is now available with 689 WWII titles listed on 40 pages.
Ellis, John. World War II: A Statistical Survey. New York: Facts on File, 1993.
Michael Merrill of Benicia Books this evening updated his online inventory with close to 500 newly arrived secondhand titles, mostly covering the Second World War.
Now available from Stackpole
Savas, Theodore P. Silent Hunters: German U-Boat Commanders of World War II. Campbell, CA: Savas Publishing Company, 1997. (Distributed by Stackpole Books.)
Ambrose, Stephen E. Citizen Soldiers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
Now available from Greenwood
DiNardo, R. L. Germany's Panzer Arm.
Kaufmann, J. E. and H. W. Kaufmann. The Maginot Line: None Shall Pass.
Top Ten Books
We have today opened our ballot webpage for selecting the Top Ten non-fiction WWII-related books published in 1997. The ballot page will remain open through the end of the year, and everyone with an interest in the Second World War is cordially invited to participate in the voting. You can vote for books already on the ballot, or you can write in your own candidates and vote for them.
Closer to the end of the year we'll open another webpage for monitoring how each book is performing in the poll, and at the beginning of January we'll announce the winners.
More fresh inventory
Graham Palmer of World War II Books and Ian Wilkinson of The Military Collector, who maintain a joint online book inventory, have reloaded their browsable webpages and searchable online database with an updated stock of several thousand secondhand books, mostly in World War II but including a growing number of World War I titles. This month's featured category is "Artillery" and they've assembled a plethora of unit histories, technical tomes, and other works on all aspects of that subject.
Eagle Editions Ltd
Eagle Editions announces that its Green Hearts: First in Combat with the Dora 9 -- in preparation for over two years -- is finally scheduled for publication in December.
The "November Catalog" from Paul Gaudette arrived at the same time as the new month. This is Paul's usual 8.5x11 48-page publication with several book lists -- including Aviation Unit Histories, Espionage, and USMC -- intermixed with bookcovers, illustrations, excerpts, and miscellaneous notes.
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