Celebrate Veteran's Day with a Good Read

The fighting 69th

by Sean Michael Flynn.


On the eve of September 11, 2001, New York City's famous National Guard regiment, the fighting 69th Infantry, was not fit for duty. Most of its soldiers were immigrant kids with no prior military experience, their uniforms were incomplete, and their equipment was derelict. The thought of deploying such a unit was laughable. Sean Flynn, himself a member of the 69th, memorably chronicles the transformation of this motley band of amateur soldiers in...

Jarhead : a marine's chronicle of the Gulf War and other battles

Anthony Swofford.

Biography, Nonfiction

When the Marines--or "jarheads" as they call themselves--are sent to Saudi Arabia to fight the Iraqis, Swofford is there, with a 100-pound pack on his shoulders and a sniper's rifle in his hands. In this powerful memoir, he weaves his war experience with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the mythos of the Marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family.

A measureless peril : America in the fight for the Atlantic, the longest battle of World War II

Richard Snow.


Of all the threats that faced his country in World War II, Winston Churchill said, just one really scared him - what he called the "measureless peril" of the German U-boat campaign. In that global conflagration, only one battle - the struggle for the Atlantic - lasted from the very first hours of the conflict to its final day. Hitler knew that victory depended on controlling the sea-lanes where American food and fuel and weapons flowed to the All...

The Pacific

Hugh Ambrose.

Biography, Nonfiction

The HBO miniseries The Pacific chronicled the experiences of three US Marines who served in the Pacific during WWII. This companion book to the series offers additional information on these three men, plus two others who fought in the Pacific, drawing on military records, letters, journals, memoirs, and interviews collected for the series. Going beyond the miniseries, the book recounts personal lives and family dramas of small-town America of the...

Biggest brother : the life of Major Dick Winters, the man who led the band of brothers

Larry Alexander

Biography, Nonfiction

In every band of brothers, there is always one who looks out for the rest. A soldier. A leader. A living testament to the valor of the human spirit. Major Richard D. Winters finally shares his amazing story. They were the Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Army Airborne, the legendary fighting unit of World War II. And there was one man every soldier in Easy Company looked up to-Major Richard D. Winters. Here, for the first time, is the compelli...

Beyond band of brothers : the war memoirs of Major Dick Winters

by Dick Winters with Cole C. Kingseed.

Biography, Nonfiction

They were called Easy Company-but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered 150% casualties while liberating Europe-an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Dick Winters was their commander-"the best combat leader in World War II" to his men. This is his story-told in his own words for the first time. On D-Day, Dick Winters parachuted into France and assumed leadership of the Band of Brothers when thei...

What was asked of us : an oral history of the Iraq War by the soldiers who fought it

[comp. by] Trish Wood.


In this modern-day successor to the Vietnam classic "Everything We Had," award-winning investigative reporter Trish Wood offers a gritty, authentic, and uncensored history of the war in Iraq, as told by the American soldiers who are fighting it. Includes 8 pages of photographs and 1 map.

Such men as these : the story of the Navy pilots who flew the deadly skies over Korea

David Sears.


Author and former US Navy officer Sears provides an account of the Navy pilots who flew the hazardous skies during the three years of the Korean War. The author incorporates first-hand accounts from Navy carrier pilots which follow them from when they left home and family to counting bullet holes in their planes during post-flight checks. In addition to telling the stories of those pilots, the book also includes photographs of them before, during...

Operation Thunderhead : the true story of Vietnam's final POW rescue mission--and the last Navy SEAL killed in country

Kevin Dockery.


The war was all but over?but there was still one battle the United States had to fight? In the last year of the Vietnam conflict, even as American troops were leaving for home, there were still those fighting for their lives: prisoners of war being held in the Communist north. This is the incredible true story of a rescue mission that was classified Top Secret for years?Operation Thunderhead. The Navy SEALs and the Underwater Demolition Teams who...

Freedom flyers : the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II

J. Todd Moye.

African American, Nonfiction

"Freedom Flyers" brings to life the legacy of a determined, visionary cadre of African-American airmen who proved their capabilities and patriotism beyond question, transformed the armed forces, and jump-started the modern struggle for racial equality.

Flyboys : a true story of courage

James Bradley


FLYBOYS is the true story of young American airmen who were shot down over Chichi Jima. Eight of these young men were captured by Japanese troops and taken prisoner. Another was rescued by an American submarine and went on to become president. The reality of what happened to the eight prisoners has remained a secret for almost 60 years. After the war, the American and Japanese governments conspired to cover up the shocking truth. Not even the fam...

Indestructible : the unforgettable story of a marine hero at Iwo Jima

Jack Lucas with D.K. Drum.

Biography, Nonfiction

Here is an eloquent, plainspoken combat memoir of a young soldier who belongs in a class with World War II combat hero Audie Murphy. At the height of the Battle of Iwo Jima, Jack Lucas and three other Marines attacked a Japanese pillbox. When two enemy grenades landed in their midst, Private Lucas jumped on both grenades, just as they were exploding. His buddies were saved, but Lucas was torn apart. Miraculously, he survived-but just barely. For ...

Memories of World War II : photographs from the archives of the Associated Press

foreward by Bob Dole; introduction by Walter Cronkite.


A foreword by former Senator Bob Dole and an introduction by Walter Cronkite are followed by a selection of exemplary photos from the Associated Press archive. The photos<-->many of which were published in the nation's newspapers<-->are captioned and presented chronologically. The oversize format (12x10.5<">) affords powerful display of these evocative b&w images. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews...

The liberators : America's witnesses to the Holocaust

Michael Hirsh.


At last, the everyday fighting men who were the first Americans to know the full and horrifying truth about the Holocaust share their astonishing stories. Here we meet the brave souls who--now in their eighties and nineties--have chosen at last to share their stories.

Ship of ghosts : the story of the USS Houston, FDR's legendary lost cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors

James D. Hornfischer.


"Son, we’re going to Hell." The navigator of the USSHoustonconfided these prophetic words to a young officer as he and his captain charted a course into U.S. naval legend. Renowned as FDR’s favorite warship, the cruiser USSHoustonwas a prize target trapped in the far Pacific after Pearl Harbor. Without hope of reinforcement, her crew faced a superior Japanese force ruthlessly committed to total conquest. It wasn’t a fair fight, ...