While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Military History books.
- For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States from 1607 to 2012, 3rd Edition (2012)
- Military History: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Objects of Warfare (2015)
- The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II (2008)
- The Cambridge History of Warfare (2005)
- In Harm’s Way: A History of the American Military Experience (2019)
- D DAY Through German Eyes – The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 (2016)
- Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy (2008)
- American Military History: A Documentary Reader (2019)
- U.S. Military History For Dummies (2007)
- Major Problems in American Military History: Documents and Essays (Major Problems in American History Series) (1998)
- Mission Beyond Darkness (2019)
- American Military History: A Documentary Reader (2010)
- The Secret World: A History of Intelligence (2019)
For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States from 1607 to 2012, 3rd Edition (2012)
Now fully updated and totally revised, this highly regarded classic remains the most comprehensive study available of America’s military history.Called “the preeminent survey of American military history” by Russell F. Weigley, America’s foremost military historian, For the Common Defense is an essential contribution to the field of military history.
Military History, now in paperback, is the ultimate guide to weapons, vehicles, hardware, and equipment of war throughout history. Military History is the definitive guide to the evolution of battlefield technology.
The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II (2008)
During a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian farmers and peasants risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers while they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible.
A compelling subject, war is common to almost all known societies and almost all periods of history. The Cambridge History of Warfare is a comprehensive account of war in the West.
In Harm’s Way: A History of the American Military Experience offers a fast-paced, highly readable synthesis of modern scholarship on every era of the nation’s experience in war. Authors Gene Allen Smith, David Coffey, and Kyle Longley offer a comprehensive, accurate, and nuanced account of the subject. Covering air, land, and sea power, the book provides a narrative synthesis and analysis of America’s wars and military policies from colonial times to the twenty-first century.
This new paperback edition contains Book One and Book Two of this series, revealing the hidden side of D Day which has fascinated readers around the world. Almost all accounts of D Day are told from the Allied perspective. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest invasion in history?
“A fluent, intelligent historygive[s] the reader a feel for the human quirks and harsh demands of life at sea.”―New York Times Book Review Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military became the most divisive issue facing the new government. The founders―particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams―debated fiercely. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect from pirates or drain the treasury and provoke hostility?
The second edition of American Military History offers an exceptional collection of primary documents relating to history of the military of the United States from 1607 through the present. The writings offer insight into the armed forces in relation to the social, cultural, economic, political, and territorial development of the United States.
Want to know more about American military history? U.S. Military History For Dummies presents concise and revealing accounts of all of the nation’s armed conflicts from the French and Indian War to Iraq. It explains how the U.S. military is organized and how its branches operate, both independently and together.
Major Problems in American Military History: Documents and Essays (Major Problems in American History Series) (1998)
This volume traces the evolution of the American military, its institutions, strategic doctrines, and technology. The selections provide a social and institutional focus of the “new” military history, and follow the metamorphosis of the militia, the professionalization of the officers’ corps, and the course of civilian control of the military.
Mission Beyond Darkness (2019)
Yet this is exactly what sixty-four men did in the twilight hours of June 19th, 1944.Not one of the pilots or their crew hesitated as they got into their planes. “They did what their commanders and their country told them to do. They carried out a ‘mission beyond darkness.’” Robert M. Citino, Navy TimesMission Beyond Darkness by Lt. Commander J.
American Military History: A Documentary Reader presents a comprehensive collection of primary documents relating to America’s armed forces from the colonial period to the present.
“The first global history of intelligence, remarkable for its scope and delightful for its unpredictable comparisons.”—Richard J. Aldrich, TLS #15,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #37 in Military Strategy History (Books) #89 in Political Intelligence #582 in World History (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?
Best Military History Books: The Ultimate List
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History of the Second World War
Author(s): B.H. Liddell Hart
ID: 2405052, Publisher: 2011, Year: Pan Books, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub
The military in Chilean history: essays on civil-military relations, 1810-1973
Author(s): Frederick M. Nunn.
ID: 2509218, Publisher: University of New Mexico Press, Year: c1976., Size: 22 Mb, Format: pdf
U.S. Military History For Dummies
Author(s): John C. McManus
ID: 2394479, Publisher: For Dummies, Year: 22 Oct 2007, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.