New Books Network

Fred S. Naiden, “Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great” (Oxford UP, 2018)
The Macedonian king Alexander III is best remembered today for his many martial accomplishments and the empire he built from them. Yet as Fred S. Naiden details in Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great (Oxford University Press, 2018), this ignores what for his subjects were his... Read More
Monica Kim, “The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Monica Kim provides a fresh look at the Korean War with a people-centered approach that studies the experiences of prisoners of war. As the first major conflict after the 1949 Geneva Conventions, POW repatriation during the Korean War became a new battleground for the recognition of state sovereignty and a... Read More
Noah Coburn, “Under Contract: The Invisible Workers of America’s Global War” (Stanford UP, 2018)
Noah Coburn‘s Under Contract: The Invisible Workers of America’s Global War (Stanford University Press, 2018) is about the hidden workers of American’s foreign wars: third country nationals who while not serving in their country’s militaries, still work to support the American war effort. These men and women serve as laborers, cooks,... Read More
Andrew Lambert, “Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires and the Conflict That Made the Modern World” (Yale UP, 2018)
Andrew Lambert, Professor of Naval History at King’s College, London, author of eighteen books, and winner of the prestigious Anderson Medal—turns his attention in a book that historian Felipe Fernandez Armesto describes as full of ‘ambition’, ‘verve’ and at times ‘brilliance’ – to Athens, Carthage, Venice, the Dutch Republic, and Britain. In... Read More
Mark T. Calhoun, “General Lesley J. McNair: Unsung Architect of the U.S. Army” (UP of Kansas, 2018)
Even now, eighty years after its beginning in Europe, the Second World War continues to exert tremendous cultural and social influence on American historical writing. Perhaps one of the best testaments to this phenomenon is the increased interest in biographies of the war’s primary and secondary army commanders. Remarkably there... Read More
Ellen Moore, “Grateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus” (Duke UP, 2017)
I don’t know about the colleges and universities you’re familiar with, but the U.S. military has a pretty visible presence on my campus—through the ROTC, a newly remodeled Veterans Resource Center, and the student veterans themselves who enroll in my classes each semester. So I was immediately intrigued when I... Read More
Julian Jackson, “De Gaulle” (Harvard UP, 2018)
Charles de Gaulle is one of the greatest figures of twentieth-century history. If Sir Winston Churchill was (in the words of Harold Macmillan) the “greatest Englishman In history,” then Charles de Gaulle was without a doubt, the greatest Frenchman since Napoleon Bonaparte. Why so? In the early summer of 1940,... Read More