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General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark (Air Vanguard)

Peter Davies

No project combined radical innovation and political furore quite like the F-111 program. It was intended as the world's biggest, most expensive defence procurement plan when it began in 1962. The aim was 'commonality'; the equipment of the USAF, US... (read more)


World War I
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To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

Adam Hochschild

"This is the kind of investigatory history Hochschild pulls off like no one else . . . Hochschild is a master at chronicling how prevailing cultural opinion is formed and, less frequently, how it's challenged." — Maureen Corrigan, NPRs Fresh... (read more)


Gulf Wars
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Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013

Janet Hamlin

Camp X-Ray in the U.S. military base in Guantanamo, Cuba, opened in January, 2002 in the wake of the 9-11 attacks to house alleged terrorists — off the American mainland, unaccountable to the U.S. judiciary — in “indefinite detention... (read more)


Mexican American War
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A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico (Vintage)

Amy S. Greenberg

Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S... (read more)


Aviation History
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Kelly-More Than My Share of It All

Clarence L. "kelly" Johnson

Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson led the design of such crucial aircraft as the P-38 and Constellation, but he will be more remembered for the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes. His extraordinary leadership of the Lockheed “Skunk Works&rdquo... (read more)


Weapons
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New Vanguard #01: Kingtiger Heavy Tank, 1942-45

Tom Jentz

As World War II entered its later stages and Germany was forced increasingly onto the defensive, the need for fast-moving mobile forces lessened and the Wehrmacht required better protected and more powerfully armed tanks. After debacles against the T-34,... (read more)


British Military
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Zulu Warriors: The Battle for the South African Frontier

John Laband

Toward the end of the nineteenth century, the British embarked on a concerted series of campaigns in South Africa. Within three years they waged five wars against African states with the intent of destroying their military might and political... (read more)


Ancient and Medieval
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Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World (Vintage)

Paul Cartledge

In 480 B.C., the mighty Persian king Xerxes led a massive force to the narrow mountain pass called Thermopylae, anticipating no significant resistance in his bid to conquer Greece. But the Greeks, led by Leonidas and a small army of Spartan warriors... (read more)


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