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, Medieval

At the Gates of Rome: The Fall of the Eternal City, AD 410
By Don Hollway
New York: Osprey, 2022. Pp. 368. ISBN 978-1-4728-4998-4.
The Harvest of War: Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis: The Epic Battles that Saved Democracy
By Stephen P. Kershaw
New York: Pegasus, 2022. Pp. xii, 458. ISBN 978-1-63936-234-9.
* Spare No One: Mass Violence in Roman Warfare
By Gabriel Baker
New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2021. Pp. x, 279. ISBN 978-1-5381-1220-5.

Early Modern

Revolutionary War

French Revolution/Napoleonic Wars/War of 1812

US West/Indian Wars

US Civil War

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.
[DeCredico]
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.
* Soldiers from Experience: The Forging of Sherman's Fifteenth Army Corps, 1862–1863
By Eric Michael Burke
Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2023. Pp. xii, 338. ISBN 978-0-8071-7809-6.
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

General Jan Smuts and his First World War in Africa, 1914–1917: Incorporating His German South West and East Africa Campaigns
By David Brock Katz
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. xxvi, 382. ISBN 978-1-62624-017-6.
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.

World War II

Ace in a Day: The Memoir of an Eighth Air Force Fighter Pilot in World War II
By Wayne K Blickenstaff
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. xi, 340. ISBN 978-1-63624-209-5.
* Awaiting MacArthur's Return: World War II Guerrilla Resistance against the Japanese in the Philippines
By James Villanueva
Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2022. Pp. xi, 214. ISBN 978-0-7006-3357-9.
* 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.
Blue Water War: Maritime Struggle in the Mediterranean and Middle East, 1940–1945
By Brian E. Walter
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. xxvii, 324. ISBN 978-1-63624-108-1.
Britain's Secret Defences: Civilian Saboteurs, Spies and Assassins during the Second World War
By Andrew Chatterton
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. xvi, 205. ISBN 978-1-63624-100-5.
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.
* Darkest Christmas: December 1942 and a World at War
By Peter Harmsen
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. x, 230. ISBN 978-1-63624-189-0.
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 the Realm of a Dying Sun: The IV. SS-Panzerkorps in the Budapest Relief Efforts, December 1944–February 1945
By Douglas E Nash Sr.
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2021. Pp. xiii, 333. ISBN 978-1-61200-956-8.
* Gavin at War: The World War II Diary of Lieutenant General James M. Gavin
Ed. Lewis Sorley
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. xxiv, 208. ISBN 978-1-63624-024-4.
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.
Jewish Child Soldiers in the Bloodlands of Europe
By David M. Rosen
New York: Routledge, 2022. Pp. ii, 125. ISBN 978-1-032-04497-2.
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.
Mission France: The True History of the Women of SOE
By Kate Vigurs
New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2021. Pp. xxi, 301. ISBN 978-0-300-26481-4.
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.
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.
Normandy: From Cotentin to Falaise, June–July 1944
By Friedrich Hayn
Trans. Linden Lyons. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. ix, 175. ISBN 978-1-63624-156-2.
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.
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, from Mobilization to Victory in Tunisia
By Robert Noel Stokes Jr
New York: Basic Books, 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. xxii, 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.
The Time Left between Us
By Alicia DeFonzo
Lincoln: Potomac Books, 2022. Pp. xi, 209. ISBN 978-1-64012-513-1.
The Tormented Alliance: American Servicemen and the Occupation of China, 1941–1949
By Zach Fredman
Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2022. Pp. xxiv, 305. ISBN 978-1-4696-6958-8.
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.
War of Supply: World War II Allied Logistics in the Mediterranean
By David D. Dworak
Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 2022. Pp. xiii, 267. ISBN 978-0-8131-8377-0.
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.
SOG: A Photo History of the Secret Wars
By John L. Plaster
Rev. ed. Philadelphia: Casemate: 2022. Pp. 407. ISBN 978-1-63624-084-8.
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

The Chinese Civil War: 1945–49
By Michael Lynch
New York: Osprey, 2022. Pp. 144. ISBN 978-1-4728-5314-1.
Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917–1945
By Allison S. Finkelstein
Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama Press, 2021. Pp. xiv, 265. ISBN 978-1-8173-2101-7.
Inglorious, Illegal Bastards: Japan's Self-Defense Force during the Cold War
By Aaron Herald Skabelund
Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 2022. Pp. xvi, 332. ISBN 978-1-5017-6437-0.
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.
* The Origins of Surface-to-Air Guided Missile Technology: German Flak Rockets and the Onset of the Cold War
By James Mills
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. xvi, 247. ISBN 978-1-63624-277-4.
Portugal's Bush War in Mozambique
By Al J. Venter
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. xxvii, 236. ISBN 978-1-63624-110-4.
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.
The Soviet Army's High Commands in War and Peace, 1941–1992
By Richard W. Harrison
Rev. ed. New York: Bloomsbury, 2022. Pp. viii, 240. ISBN 978-1-350-15383-7.
Stabilizing Fragile States: Why It Matters and What to Do about It
By Rufus C. Phillips III
Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2022. Pp. xxxii, 320. ISBN 978-0-7006-3304-3.
The Turtle and the Dreamboat: The Cold War Flights That Forever Changed the Course of Global Aviation
By Jim Leeke
Lincoln, NB: Potomac Books, 2022. Pp. 248. ISBN 978-1-64012-413-4.

21st Century

Maritime Strike: The Untold Story of the Royal Navy Task Group off Libya in 2011
By John Kingwell
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2022. Pp. viii, 184. ISBN 978-1-63624-113-5.
Degrade and Destroy: The Inside Story of the War Against the Islamic State, from Barack Obama to Donald Trump
By Michael R. Gordon
New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2022. Pp. vii, 475. ISBN 978-0-374-27989-9.
* Elite Souls: Portraits of Valor in Iraq and Afghanistan
By Raymond James Raymond
Annapolis: Naval Inst. Press, 2022. Pp. xi, 378. ISBN 978-1-68247-713-7.
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.
Russian Cyber Operations: Coding the Boundaries of Conflict
By Scott Jasper
Washington: Georgetown Univ. Press, 2022. Pp. xxviii, 214. ISBN 978-1-64712-296-6.
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.
* Service above Self: Women Veterans in American Politics
By Erika Cornelius Smith
Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2022. Pp. viii, 234. ISBN 978-0-7006-3322-7.
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.
The Taliban at War: 2001-2018
By Antonio Giustozzi
New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2022. Pp. viii, 388. ISBN 978-0-19-764968-8.
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.
Apartheid’s Black Soldiers: Un-national Wars and Militaries in Southern Africa
By Lennart Bolliger
Athens, OH: Ohio Univ. Press, 2021. Pp. xviii, 269. ISBN 978-0-8214-2455-1.
Building a Multiethnic Military in Post-Yugoslav Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Elliot Short
New York: Bloomsbury, 2022. Pp. xvi, 255. ISBN 978-1-350-19093-1.
* Command: The Politics of Military Operations from Korea to Ukraine
By Lawrence Freedman
New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2022. Pp. xvii, 589. ISBN 978-0-19-754067-1.
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.
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.
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 978-1-6263-7996-1.
Personality and Power: Builders and Destroyers of Modern Europe
By Ian Kershaw
Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 2022. Pp. xv, 492. ISBN 978-1-59420-345-9.
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 Shape of Battle: The Art of War from the Battle of Hastings to D-Day and Beyond
By Allan Mallinson
New York: Pegasus Books, 2022. Pp. xii, 387. ISBN 978-1-63936-193-9.
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.
War and American Life: Reflections on Those Who Serve and Sacrifice
By James Wright
Waltham: Brandeis Univ. Press, 2022. Pp. xiv, 241. ISBN 978-1-68458-099-6.
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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