|News archive for December 1998|
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Now available from Pacifica Press
Eric Hammel reports two of his Pacifica titles have been reprinted in softcover and are now available:
Hammel, Eric. Guadalcanal: Starvation Island
Interested in Australian military vehicles of World War II? Have a look at the publications of Australian Military Equipment Profiles, including titles such as Local Pattern Carriers, 1939-1945, Australian Scout and Armoured Cars, 1933-1945, and All Friendly Vehicles (a reprint of the WWII "Armoured Vehicles Identification Handbook").
Military Book Club
Selections for "New Year 1999"
Kurzman. Left to Die: The Tragedy of the USS Juneau
Q.M. Dabney has mailed its "Catalogue 528" with 48 pages of secondhand WWII titles prefaced with the note: "We just bought a large private library of World War II books. This catalogue contains Part I of this collection."
History Book Club
Selection for "Year End 1998"
Loza. Fighting for the Soviet Motherland
The latest "Bargain Books" catalog from Edward R. Hamilton, dated 18 December, contains the usual small assortment of discount-priced WWII titles.
Now available from Air Research
Foreman, John. The Fighter Command War Diary, volume two. Surrey: Air Research Publications, 1998
Death of Clay Blair, Jr.
Clay Blair, Jr. -- author of Silent Victory, Hitler's U-Boat War, and many other books of military history -- died of a heart attack at his home in Wisconsin on 16 December at age 73.
Now available from Schiffer
The following new titles are now available from Schiffer Military History just in time to make it under the Christmas tree:
Evans. Third Reich Belt Buckles
From Rex Trye
Rex Trye, author of Mussolini's Soldiers, sends this along:
"Tony Munoz of Axis Europa is publishing my new book, at this stage titled. Mussolini's Afrika Korps: The Italian Army in North Africa, 1940-1943. Hardcover, dust jacket. 110 photos. And 200+ pages. Price not set. Due out Spring 1999."
Keith Bonn, author of When the Odds Were Even, has formed his own publishing company, Aegis, based in Ft. Monroe, Virginia, with its first three titles as follows:
Bonn. With Fire and Zeal: The 276th Infantry Regiment in World War II. Now available
The Story of the Crusaders, The 386th Bomb Group (M) in WWII has been reprinted in a softcover edition by the 386th Bomb Group Association, Inc.
Military History Bookshop
"Catalogue of Books 1998-D" is now available from the Military History Bookshop in London with 48 densely packed pages of military books from all eras.
Military Book Club
Selections for December:
Blair. Hitler's U-Boat War, volume II: The Hunted, 1942-1944
From Joe Balkoski
Joe reports that the new edition of his Beyond the Beachhead from Stackpole Books has been moved to a January release date. "The new edition includes a Foreword by Stephen Ambrose, a new Preface by me including some of the fresh information I've learned about the division over the years, and about 7 or 8 minor corrections from the original edition."
Joe has also opened a website for his book: http://www.angelfire.com/md/29division
...comes Catalog #98144 of Paul Gaudette Books with 48 pages of new and secondhand military books with an emphasis on aviation.
Now available from Eagle Editions
Eagle Editions has announced availability of its "authentic Luftwaffe color chart utilizing paint chips directly from the original German manufacturer."
Military Book Club
Selections for January:
Caldwell. The JG 26 War Diary
Smith, J. Richard and Eddie J. Creek. Me 262, volume two. Burgess Hill, West Sussex: Classic Publications, 1998
From Danbury, Connecticut we hear that Stan Kislow has updated the online inventory at his Battlefield Books website with about 2000 secondhand military titles.
University Press of Kansas is back in the news with a new catalog offering special discount prices on all their military history titles.
Paul Kisselburg, having recently updated his online inventory, also sends along his latest printed catalog, number 35, with over 600 used WWII books for sale.
Brian Russell of Fourth Street Book Shop has updated his online inventory of secondhand WWII titles and added a new category for unit histories.
From New York City comes the red-clad "Winter 1998" catalog of The Military Bookman with categories of WWII books including USAAF, the Atlantic campaign, and the fall and occupation of western Europe.
Now available from Crecy
The anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor also marks the release by Crecy Publishing of a bundle of new titles:
Texas A & M
Texas A & M University Press has mailed its very nice "Military History" catalog with discounts of from 10% to 80% on 150 military titles, including a good selection of WWII books.
The latest "Bargain Books" catalog from Edward R. Hamilton, dated 20 November, arrived today.
Lynne Rienner Publishers reports delays in two forthcoming titles:
Citino. The Path to Blitzkrieg. Now due in March
New addition to our "History" pages
Paul Kisselburg has uploaded to his website his latest list of nearly 2000 secondhand World War II books. An excellent assortment for your browsing pleasure.
Now available from Schiffer
Fletcher, David. Mr. Churchill's Tank: The British Infantry Tank Mk IV. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1998
Tony Munoz of Axis Europa tells us that The Royal Hungarian Army, 1920-1945 by Leo Niehorster has been delayed until the middle of January.
Forthcoming from Grub Street
Franks. Aircraft versus Aircraft: The Illustrated Story of Fighter Pilot Combat from 1914 to the Present Day. Due before the end of the year.
Tom Petteys of Aberdeen Bookstore, specializing in new books, has updated his website with more than 1200 WWII-related titles.
Top Ten Books of 1998
Almost sixty books have received votes so far in our balloting for the Top Ten Books of 1998. The votes are piling up and some leaders are emerging from the pack, but at least a couple dozen titles remain in the running to finish in the Top Ten. Every vote counts, so cast your ballot for your favorites before the end of the month.
New month, new inventory
As usual, when the first of the month rolls around there's a flurry of activity on the Web as online inventories are updated. All three of these booksellers have uploaded thousands of secondhand military titles that can be browsed by subject or searched by author and title:
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