Michigan War Studies Review
Reviews, surveys, original essays, and commentary in the field of military studies.
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Books Available for Review (most recent listings starred):

Ancient, Mediaeval

Early Modern

Revolutionary War

Napoleonic Wars/War of 1812

US West/Indian Wars

US Civil War

Confederate Conscription and the Struggle for Southern Soldiers
By John M. Sacher
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 2021. Pp. x, 268. ISBN 978-0-8071-7621-4.
Faces of Union Soldiers at South Mountain and Harpers Ferry
By Joseph Stahl and Matthew Borders
Charleston, SC: History Press, 2021. Pp. 188. ISBN 978-1-4671-4743-9.
Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War
By S.C. Gwynne
New York: Scribner, 2019. Pp. xii, 395. ISBN 978-1-5011-1622-3.
Leaving Gettysburg
By Curtis Crockett
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. 218. ISBN 978-1-63624-170-8.
Michigan’s War: The Civil War in Documents
By John W. Quist
Athens: Ohio Univ. Press, 2019. Pp. xix, 247. ISBN 978-0-8214-2312-7.
* Stephen A. Swails: Black Freedom Fighter in the Civil War and Reconstruction
By Gordon C. Rhea
Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2021. Pp. xiv, 189. ISBN 978-0-8071-7626-9.
Voices of the Army of the Potomac: Personal Reminiscences of Union Veterans
By Vincent L. Burns
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2021. Pp. xx, 359. ISBN 978-1-63624-072-5.

19th-Century - Other

Word of Honor: A Peter Wake Novel
By Robert N. Macomber
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2020. Pp. xiv, 328. ISBN 978-1-68247-538-6.

World War I

The Great War and the Birth of Modern Medicine
By Thomas Helling
New York: Pegasus, 2022. Pp. 374. ISBN 978-1-64313-899-2.
Photography in the Great War: The Ethics of Emerging Medical Collections from the Great War
By Jason Bate
New York: Bloomsbury, 2022. Pp. xi, 222. ISBN 978-1-350-12204-8.
Trauma, Religion and Spirituality in Germany during the First World War
By Jason Crouthamel
New York: Bloomsbury, 2021. Pp. xi, 258. ISBN 978-1-350-08370-7.
The Western Front: A History of the Great War, 1914-1918
By Nick Lloyd
New York: Norton, 2021. Pp. xxiv, 657. ISBN 978-1-63149-794-0.

World War II

The Battle of Leyte Gulf at 75: A Retrospective
Ed. Thomas J. Cutler
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2019. Pp. vii, 338. ISBN 978-1-68247-461-7.
Bluebottle Goes to War: Peter Sellers and the RAF Gang Shows
By P.J. Brownsword
London: Unicorn, 2020. Pp. 128. ISBN 978-1-91349101-7.
Churchill's Hellraisers: The Secret Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress
By Damien Lewis
New York: Citadel Press, 2020. Pp. xvi, 398. ISBN 978-0-8065-4074-0.
Counter-Strike Operations: Combat Examples and Leadership Principles of Mobile Defence
By F. M. von Senger und Etterlin
Trans. Linden Lyons. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. xviii, 137. ISBN 978-1-63624-080-0.
The Exit Visa: A Family's Flight from Nazi Europe
By Sheila Rosenberg
New York: I.B. Tauris, 2019. Pp. xiv, 289. ISBN 978-1-78831-495-4.
Family Histories of World War II: Survivors and Descendants
Ed. Róisín Healy and Gearóid Barry
New York: Bloomsbury, 2021. Pp. xiii, 204. ISBN 978-1-350-20195-8.
The Flight: A Father’s War, a Son’s Search
By Tyler Bridges
Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2021. Pp. 225. ISBN 978-0-8071-7537-8.
From Texas to Tinian and Tokyo Bay: The Memoirs of Captain J. R. Ritter, Seabee Commander during the Pacific War, 1942-1945
By Jonathan Templin Ritter
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2019. Pp. xi, 176. ISBN 978-1-57441-771-5.
Living in the Shadow of a Hell Ship: The Survival Story of U.S. Marine George Burlage, a WWII Prisoner-of-War of the Japanese
By Georgianne Burlage
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2020. Pp. xii, 229. ISBN 978-1-57441-808-8.
Major General James A. Ulio: How the Adjutant General of the U.S. Army Enabled Allied Victory
By Alan E. Mesches
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2020. Pp. xiv, 202. ISBN 978-1-61200-826-4.
Men of Air: The Courage and Sacrifice of Bomber Command in World War II
By Kevin Wilson
New York: Pegasus, 2019. Pp. x, 435. ISBN 978-1-64313-006-4.
Men of Armor: The History of B Company, 756th Tank Battalion in World War II: Part One: Beginnings, North Africa, and Italy
By Jeff Danby
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2021. Pp. xviii, 369. ISBN 978-1-63624-013-8.
Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front: The Memoir of Dr Hans Rehfeldt Vol. 1: From the Moscow Winter Offensive to Operation Zitadelle
By Hans Heinz Rehfeld
Barnsley, UK: Greenhill Books, 2019. Pp. x, 341. ISBN 978-1-78438-361-9.
Nations in the Balance: The India-Burma Campaigns, December 1943–August 1944
By Christopher L Kolakowski
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. xix, 219. ISBN 978-1-63624-096-1.
* A Nazi Camp Near Danzig: Perspectives on Shame and on the Holocaust from Stutthof
By Ruth Schwertfeger
New York: Bloomsbury, 2022. Pp. xvi, 255. ISBN 978-1-350-27403-7.
The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany
By Gwen Strauss
New York: St. Martin's, 2021. Pp. xii, 317. ISBN 978-1-250-23929-7.
* Northern Ireland, the United States and the Second World War
By Simon Topping
New York: Bloomsbury, 2022. Pp. xv, 311. ISBN 978-1-350-03759-5.
On to Stalingrad: Operation Winter Thunderstorm and the attempt to relieve Sixth Army, December 1942
By Horst Scheibert
Trans. Janice W. Ancker. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2021. Pp. xxviii, 164. ISBN 978-1-61200-806-6.
Panzer Tactics: Tank Operations in the East, 1941-42
By Oskar Munzel
[Orig. German ed. 1959] Philadelphia: Casemate, 2021. Pp. xxxix, 167. ISBN 978-1-250-23929-7.
Pearl: December 7, 1941
By Daniel Allen Butler
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2020. Pp. vi, 354. ISBN 978-1-61200-938-4.
Poland 1939: The Outbreak of World War II
By Roger Moorhouse
New York: Basic Books, 2020. Pp. xxi, 408. ISBN 978-0-465-09538-4.
Red Bull: A History of the 34th Infantry Division in World War II, vol. 1: From Mobilization to Victory in Tunisia
By Robert Noel Stokes Jr
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. xviii, 508. ISBN 978-1-63624-046-6.
Sent by the Iron Sky: The Legacy of an American Parachute Battalion in World War II
By Ian Gardner
New York: Osprey Publ., 2019. Pp. 260. ISBN 978-1-4728-3738-7.
Strick: Tank Hero of Arras
By Tim Strickland
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2021. Pp. 22, 490. ISBN 978-1-61200-985-8.
Taking Flight: The Nadine Ramsey Story
By Raquel Ramsey and Tricia Aurand
Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2020. Pp. xxiv, 288. ISBN 978-0-7006-2980-0.
Vanguard: The True Stories of the Reconnaissance and Intelligence Missions behind D-Day
By David Abrutat
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2019. Pp. 400. ISBN 978-1-68247-454-9.
Victims of Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands: A Legitimate Heritage?
By Gilly Carr
New York: Bloomsbury, 2019. Pp. xii, 242. ISBN 978-1-4742-4565-4.
Women Defying Hitler: Rescue and Resistance under the Nazis
Ed. Nathan Stoltzfus, et al.
New York: Bloomsbury, 2021. Pp. ix, 221. ISBN 978-1-350-20154-5.
Women of the Third Reich: From Camp Guards to Combatants
By Tim Heath
Philadelphia: Pen and Sword, 2019. Pp. viii, 250. ISBN 978-1-5267-3945-2.
Undersea Warriors: The Untold History of the Royal Navy's Secret Service
By Iain Ballantyne
New York: Pegasus, 2019. Pp. ix, 482. ISBN 978-1-64313-213-6.

Korean War

Baker Bandits: Korea's Band of Brothers
By Emmett Shelton Jr.
Ed. Cynthia Shelton. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2020. Pp. xxv, 350. ISBN 978-1-61200-898-1.

Vietnam War

Logistics in the Vietnam Wars, 1945–1975
By N.S. Nash
Philadelphia: Pen and Sword, 2022. Pp. x, 302. ISBN 978-1-52679-814-5.
Phantom in the Sky: A Marine's Back Seat View of the Vietnam War
By Terry L. Thorsen
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2019. Pp. x, 329. ISBN 978-1-57441-75.
A Quiet Cadence: A Novel
By Mark Treanor
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2020. Pp. vii, 379. ISBN 978-1-68247-506-5.
Unforgotten in the Gulf of Tonkin: A Story of the U.S. Military's Commitment to Leave No One Behind
By Eileen A. Bjorkman
Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2020. Pp. xi, 238. ISBN 978-1-64012-191-1.

20th Century - Other

Dark Horse: General Larry O. Spencer and His Journey from the Horseshoe to the Pentagon
By Larry O. Spencer
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2021. Pp. xii, 162. ISBN 978-1-68247-702-1.
A Navy Admiral's Bronze Rules: Managing Risk and Leadership
By Dave Oliver
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2021. Pp. xv, 214. ISBN 978-1-68247-721-2.
A Short History of the Russian Revolution
By Geoffrey Swain
Rev. ed. New York: Bloomsbury, 2022. Pp. viii, 240. ISBN 978-1-350-15383-7.

21st Century

* Fighting the Fleet: Operational Art and Modern Fleet Combat
By Jeffrey R. Cares and Anthony Cowden
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2021. Pp. xvii, 189. ISBN 978-1-68247-727-4.
Hell in the Streets of Husaybah: The April 2004 Fights of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines in Husaybah, Iraq
By David E Kelly
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. xvi, 168. ISBN 978-1-63624-150-0.
* High Risk: A True Story of the SAS, Drugs, and Other Bad Behaviour
By Ben Timberlake
London: Hurst, 2021. Pp. xii, 313. ISBN 978-1-78738-463-7.
Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars
By Jessica Trisko Darden, Alexis Henshaw, and Ora Szekely
Washington: Georgetown Univ. Press, 2019. Pp. x, 102. ISBN 978-1-62616-666-0.
* The Islamic State in Africa: The Emergence, Evolution, and Future of the Next Jihadist Battlefront
By Jason Warner, Ryan Cummings, Héni Nsaibia, and Ryan O'Farrell
New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2019. Pp. xiii, 456. ISBN 978-0-19-763932-0.
The Sacking of Fallujah: A People's History
ByRoss Caputi, Richard Hil, and Donna Mulhearn
Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2019. Pp. viii, 209. ISBN 978-1-62534-438-0.
Shattered Minds: How the Pentagon Fails Our Troops with Faulty Helmets
By Robert H. Bauman and Dina Rasor
Lincoln, NW: Potomac Books, 2019. Pp. xxv, 304. ISBN 978-1-64012-036-5.
Taliban Safari: One Day in the Surkhagan Valley
By Paul Darling
Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2019. Pp. xii, 168. ISBN 978-0-7006-2784-4.
War Flower: My Life after Iraq
By Brooke King
Lincoln, NB: Potomac Books, 2019. Pp. xv, 255. ISBN 978-1-64012-118-8.
War-Torn: The Unmaking of Syria, 2011-2021
By Leïla Vignal
New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2021. Pp. x, 312. ISBN 978-0-19-761998-8.

Multiple time periods

Afghanistan: A Military History from the Ancient Empires to the Great Game
By Ali Ahmad Jalali
Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2021. Pp. xii, 391. ISBN 978-0-7006-3263-3.
A Global History of Relocation in Counterinsurgency Warfare
By Edward J. Erickson
New York: Bloomsbury, 2020. Pp. xii, 286. ISBN 978-1-350-06259-7.
The Global Spread of Islamism and the Consequences for Terrorism
By Michael Freeman, with Katherine Ellena, and Amina Kator-Mubarez
Lincoln, NB: Potomac Books, 2021. Pp. vii, 250. ISBN 978-1-64012-370-0.
How the Few Became the Proud: Crafting the Marine Corps Mystique 1874-1918
By Heather P. Venable
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2019. Pp. x, 334. ISBN 978-1-68247-468-6.
* Intelligence and the State: Analysts and Decision Makers
By Jonathan M. House
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2022. Pp. Pp. xiii, 232. ISBN 978-1-68247-772-4.
* Japan at War in the Pacific: The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire in Asia: 1868-1945
By Jonathan Clements
Rutland, VT: Tuttle, 2022. Pp. 351. ISBN 978-4-8053-1647-4.
Korea: A History
By Eugene Y. Park
Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 2022. Pp. xiv, 414. ISBN 978-1-5036-2984-4.
Liberating Libya: British Diplomacy and War in the Desert
By Rupert Wieloch
Philadelphia: Casemate 2021. Pp. xiv, 273. ISBN 978-1-63624-082-4.
The Life and Times of Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart: Soldier and Diplomat
By Alan Ogden
New York: Bloomsbury, 2022. Pp. xi, 328. ISBN 978-1-350-23312-6.
* Militarization and the American Century: War, the United States and the world since 1941
By David Fitzgerald
New York: Bloomsbury, 2022. Pp. xiv, 255. ISBN 978-1-350-10222-4.
* A Military History of Texas
By Loyd Uglow
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2022. Pp. xiii, 433. ISBN 978-1-57441-865-1.
Minding the Helm: An Unlikely Career in the U.S. Coast Guard
By Kevin P. Gilheany
Denton: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2019. Pp. viii, 269. ISBN 978-1-57441-750-0.
New Principles of War: Enduring Truths with Timeless Examples
By Marvin Pokrant
Lincoln, NB: Potomac Books, 2021. Pp. xvii, 347. ISBN 978-1-64012-222-2.
Night Letters: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and the Afghan Islamists Who Changed the World
By Chris Sands and Fazelminallah Qazizai
London: Hurst, 2019. Pp. xvi, 507. ISBN 978-1-78738-196-4.
* Old and New Battlespaces: Society, Military Power, and War
By Jahara Matisek and Buddhika Jayamaha
Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2022. Pp. viii, 197. ISBN 978-1-78738-196-4.
Scripts of Terror: The Stories Terrorists Tell Themselves
By Benedict Wilkinson
New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2020. Pp. xv, 236. ISBN 978-0-19-752189-2.
The Sniper Encyclopaedia: An A–Z Guide to World Sniping
By John Walter Hill
Havertown, PA: Casemate, 2019. Pp. xiv, 306. ISBN 978-1-61200-721-2.
Spymaster's Prism: The Fight against Russian Aggression
By Jack Devine
Lincoln, NB: Potomac Books, 2021. Pp. xxv, 266. ISBN 978-1-64012-378-6.
Streets Without Joy: A Political History of Sanctuary and War, 1959-2009
By Michael A.K.G. Innes
New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2021. Pp. xxii, 389. ISBN 978-0-19-756712-8.
Tank Warfare
By Jeremy Black
Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 2020. Pp. xvi, 245. ISBN 978-0-253-04999-5.
War Narratives: Shaping Beliefs, Blurring Truths in the Middle East
By Caleb S. Cage
College Station: Texas A&M Univ. Press, 2019. Pp. xvi, 129. ISBN 978-1-62349-760-6.
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