Category: Perspective

Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution

Title: Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution Author: Robert Service Genre: Diplomatic History Publisher: PublicAffairs Release Date: 2012 Format: Hardcover Pages: 480 While decent enough, this book should have been titled "Diplomats and Trade Ministers" rather than "Spies and Commissars", because that is the main topic of the book. In fact,

Hell’s Gate: The Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket, January-February 1944

Title: Hell's Gate: The Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket, January-February 1944 Author: Douglas E. Nash Genre: Military History Publisher: Rzm Imports Inc Release Date: 2002 Format: Hardcover Pages: 417 Excellent book, with loads of anecdotes and personal accounts, at least for the German side. The book would have been even better if the author could

Memoirs of a Polish Lancer: The Pamietniki of Dezydery Chlapowski

Title: MEMOIRS OF A POLISH LANCER: The Pamietniki of Dezydery Chlapowski Series: Ancient Empires Series Author: Tim Simmons (translator) Genre: Memoir Publisher: Emperor's Press Release Date: 2002 Format: Hardcover Pages: 158 This is an excellent book, although rather brief (153pp). The book is interesting in that: 1) More than most Napoleonic memoirs, the author describes

Stalingrad: The Defeat of the German 6th Army

Title: Stalingrad: The Defeat of the German 6th Army Author: Paul Carell Genre: Military History Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. Release Date: 1993 Format: Hardcover Pages: 432 This is a short book--about 200 pp of text, maybe 100 pp of pictures at the end. The text, like all of Carell's books is interesting because it chiefly

Tank Rider: Into the Reich with the Red Army

Title: Tank Rider: Into the Reich with the Red Army Author: Evgeni Bessonov Genre: Military History Publisher: Greenhill Books Release Date: 2006 Format: Hardcover Pages: 256 I just finished this book and found it to be one of the most interesting WWII memoirs that I've read. Here's what I liked about it: 1) This is

The Iron Marshall: A Biography of Louis N. Davout

Title: The Iron Marshall: A Biography of Louis N. Davout Author: Professor John G. Gallaher B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Genre: Military History Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press Release Date: 1976 Format: Hardcover Pages: 432 This is a well-written history and deserves a five-star rating. While the author clearly admires Davout, he contributes clear and objective discussion

The History of the Panzerkorps Grossdeutschland, Vol. 2

Title: The History of the Panzerkorps Grossdeutschland, Vol. 2 Author: Helmuth Spaeter Genre: Military History Publisher: J. J. Fedorowicz Release Date: 1995 Format: Hardcover Pages: 560 As described below, parts of this book are excellent, others are mediocre at best. First the good--this book includes numerous excellent first-hand accounts of small-unit (company/battalion) action on the

Ivan’s War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945

Title: Ivan's War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945 Author: Catherine Merridale Genre: Military Social History Publisher: Metropolitan Books Release Date: 2006 Format: Hardcover Pages: 480 This is a pretty well-written book, probably worth reading for anyone interested in modern Russia or the Great Patriotic War (the Eastern Front of World War II).

Panzer Aces I: German Tank Commanders of WWII

Title: Panzer Aces I: German Tank Commanders of WWII Series: Stackpole Military History Series Author: Franz Kurowski Publisher: Stackpole Books Release Date: 2004 Format: Paperback Pages: 448 I enjoyed this book quite a bit--it has loads of heavy tank fighting, mainly on the Eastern front. The book is full of accounts of chatter in the

Fighting for the Soviet Motherland: Recollections from the Eastern Front

Title: Fighting for the Soviet Motherland: Recollections from the Eastern Front Author: Dmitriy Loza (Author),‎ James F. Gebhardt (Editor, Translator) Genre: Military History Publisher: University of Nebraska Press Release Date: 1998 Format: Hardcover Pages: 271 This book is written from a very interesting perspective--by a Soviet officer commanding British Matildas and US Shermans in the

Panzer Operations: The Eastern Front Memoir Of General Raus, 1941-1945

Title: Panzer Operations: The Eastern Front Memoir Of General Raus, 1941-1945 Author: Erhard Raus Genre: Military History Publisher: Da Capo Press Release Date: 2003 Format: Hardcover Pages: 366 This is a very good book on operations on the Russian Front. Raus was clearly a very gifted commander, and his descriptions of his numerous successful operations

The Complete Works of Isaac Babel

Title: The Compete Works of Isaac Babel Author: Isaac Babel Genre: Fiction Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Release Date: 2001 Format: Hardcover Pages: 1076 Babel is a masterful teller of short stories. His stories, most of which do not exceed a few pages, speak volumes about the extraordinary times in which he lived. For

Tigers in the Mud

Title: Tigers in the Mud Series: Stackpole Military History Series Author: Otto Carius Genre: Military History Publisher: Stackpole Books Release Date: 2003 Format: Paperback Pages: 384 This is one of the better books I've read on WWII tank action at the tactical level. The author addresses not only tank combat, but the whole spectrum of