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Best Books of 2013 on Wars, Soldiers and Military Affairs

  • NONFICTION

    THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT

    MAY 14, 2013

HISTORY

THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT

by Rick Atkinson

An outstanding work of popular history, in the spirit of William Manchester and Bruce Catton. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE BLOOD TELEGRAM

    SEPT. 27, 2013

HISTORY

THE BLOOD TELEGRAM

by Gary J. Bass

A deeply incisive lesson for today’s leaders and electorate. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    MONTE CASSINO

    APRIL 1, 2013

HISTORY

MONTE CASSINO

by Peter Caddick-Adams

There is no shortage of histories of the agonizingly drawn-out debacle at Monte Cassino, but this is certainly one of the... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE SLEEPWALKERS

    APRIL 2, 2012

HISTORY

THE SLEEPWALKERS

by Christopher Clark

For readers who seek a quick overview of one of the most convoluted periods in history, look elsewhere. For those who enjoy... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    ON THE FRONT LINE

    OCT. 15, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

ON THE FRONT LINE

by Marie Colvin

More than just a war story; a harrowing examination of the tolls of the world’s conflicts. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    RETURN OF A KING

    APRIL 16, 2013

HISTORY

RETURN OF A KING

by William Dalrymple

A rich excavation of both British and Afghan sources, with gorgeous colored reproductions of Muslim and romantic renderings... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE SEARCHERS

    FEB. 19, 2013

HISTORY

THE SEARCHERS

by Glenn Frankel

A thoroughly researched, clearly written account of an obsessive search through the tangled borderland of fact and fiction,... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CATASTROPHE 1914

    SEPT. 24, 2013

HISTORY

CATASTROPHE 1914

by Max Hastings

Among the plethora of brilliant accounts of this period, this is one of the best. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HITLER'S FURIES

    OCT. 1, 2013

HISTORY

HITLER'S FURIES

by Wendy Lower

A virtuosic feat of scholarship, signaling a need for even more research. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    JULY 1914

    APRIL 9, 2013

HISTORY

JULY 1914

by Sean McMeekin

Tuchman remains irresistible, and David Fromkin’s Europe’s Last Summer (2004) is the best modern history, but McMeekin... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    USEFUL ENEMIES

    JAN. 1, 2013

HISTORY

USEFUL ENEMIES

by Richard Rashke

A richly researched, gripping narrative about war, suffering, survival, corruption, injustice and morality. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE LAST OF THE DOUGHBOYS

    MAY 21, 2013

  • NONFICTION

    THE GREAT WAR

    OCT. 28, 2013

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