New Books Network

Sabine Frühstück, “Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan” (U California Press, 2017)
In Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan (University of California Press, 2017), Sabine Frühstück shows how children and childhood have been used in twentieth century Japan as technologies to moralize war, and later, in the twenty-first century, to sentimentalize peace. Through examining Japanese children’s war... Read More
Stephen Alan Bourque, “Beyond the Beach: The Allied War Against France” (Naval Institute Press, 2018)
Did the Allied bombing plan for the liberation of France follow a carefully orchestrated plan, or was it executed on an ad-hoc basis with little concern or regard for collateral damage? How did the bombing of French cities and railheads follow – or disregard – existing air power doctrine, and... Read More
Robert Crowcroft, “The End is Nigh: British Politics, Power, and the Road to the Second World War” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Few decades have given rise to such potent mythologies as the 1930s. Popular impressions of those years prior to the Second World War were shaped by the single outstanding personality of that conflict, Winston Spencer Churchill. Churchill depicted himself as a political prophet, exiled into the wilderness prior to 1939... Read More
William F. Trimble, “John S. McCain and the Triumph of Naval Air Power” (Naval Institute Press, 2019)
The carrier task force—the symbolic and physical manifestation of the United States’ ability to project naval and air power across the globe—came of age during the Second World War. Fighting the Imperial Japanese Navy, and closely supporting General MacArthur’s and Admiral Nimitz’s island-hopping campaign, the carrier and its air wing... Read More
Rachel B. Herrmann, “No Useless Mouth: Waging War and Fighting Hunger in the American Revolution” (Cornell UP, 2019)
When the British explored the Atlantic coast of America in the 1580s, their relations with indigenous peoples were structured by food. The newcomers, unable to sustain themselves through agriculture, relied on the local Algonquian people for resources. This led to tension, and then violence. When English raiding parties struck Algonquian... Read More
Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, “This Is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines” (Chicago Review Press, 2019)
In her new book, This Is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines (Chicago Review Press, 2019), Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi presents the largely unknown story of the US Navy nurses captured by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II.... Read More
Danny Orbach, “Curse on This Country: The Rebellious Army of Imperial Japan” (Cornell UP, 2017)
Danny Orbach’s Curse on This Country: The Rebellious Army of Imperial Japan (Cornell University Press, 2017) provides new insights into the origins of the insubordination that plagued and characterized the Imperial Japanese Army in the 1930s. Orbach identifies the causes of insubordination in both the political culture of the military... Read More