New Books Network

David Stahel, “Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942” (FSG, 2019)
Germany’s winter campaign of 1941–1942 is commonly seen as the Wehrmacht’s first defeat. In Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942 (FSG, 2019), David Stahel argues that it was in fact their first strategic success in the east. The mismanaged Soviet Counteroffensive became a phyrric victory as... Read More
Ezequiel Mercau, “The Falklands War: An Imperial History” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
The Falklands War was in many ways the defining event in the premiership of Margaret Thatcher. In many ways it was also the last roar of the British Lion. An event shrouded in both nostalgia and patriotism, at the time and subsequently. In his book, The Falklands War: An Imperial... Read More
The Origins of World War One
Who or what originated and/or caused the Great War from breaking out in July 1914? Was it Serbia with its expansionist and aggressive designs on Austria-Hungary? Was it Austria-Hungary itself, unnecessarily plunging itself and the rest of Europe in a futile effort to keep together its tottering Monarchy? Was it... Read More
Jamie L. H. Goodall, “Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars” (The History Press, 2020)
The story of Chesapeake pirates and patriots begins with a land dispute and ends with the untimely death of an oyster dredger at the hands of the Maryland Oyster Navy. From the golden age of piracy to Confederate privateers and oyster pirates, the maritime communities of the Chesapeake Bay are... Read More
Steve Vogel, “Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation” (Custom House, 2019)
In his new book Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation (Custom House, 2019), Steve Vogel tells the astonishing true story of the Berlin Tunnel, one of the West’s greatest espionage operations of the Cold War—and the dangerous Soviet mole who betrayed it.... Read More
Aimée Fox, “Learning to Fight: Military Innovation and Change in the British Army, 1914-1918” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Learning, innovation and adaptation are not concepts that we necessarily associate with the British Army of the First World War. Yet the need to learn from mistakes, to exploit new opportunities and to adapt to complex and novel situations are always necessary. Learning to Fight: Military Innovation and Change in... Read More
Kathy Peiss, “Information Hunters” (Oxford UP, 2019)
While armies have seized enemy records and rare texts as booty throughout history, it was only during World War II that an unlikely band of librarians, archivists, and scholars traveled abroad to collect books and documents to aid the military cause. Galvanized by the events of war into acquiring and... Read More
Maria Ryan, “Full Spectrum Dominance: Irregular Warfare and the War on Terror” (Stanford UP, 2019)
America’s war on terror is widely defined by the Afghanistan and Iraq fronts. Yet, as this book demonstrates, both the international campaign and the new ways of fighting that grew out of it played out across multiple fronts beyond the Middle East. Maria Ryan explores how secondary fronts in the... Read More
Yaakov Katz, “Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power” (St. Martin’s Press, 2019)
With the world’s attention riveted to the nuclear threat from Iran, Yaakov Katz’s new book could not be more timely. In Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief Katz tells the inside story of how Israel stopped Syria from... Read More