The Reader's Companion to Military History
Robert Cowley, Geoffrey Parker
The Reader's Companion to Military History is the first major reference work on military history to represent a global perspective. More than 150 distinguished military historians, biographers, and journalists contributed nearly 600 articles to this remarkable chronicle of warfare More... that combines compelling historical narrative with the latest in contemporary scholarship. Here is essential information on major events and battles, commanders, weaponry and technology, and strategy and tactics. Other topics include courage, discipline, the effects of weather on warfare, military justice, the role of propaganda, the evolution of uniforms, psychological warfare, and morale. Filled with surprising anecdotes and little-known facts, The Reader's Companion to Military History covers not only European and North American military history but that of Asia, Africa, and South America. Never before has a single volume so eloquently addressed the many intriguing aspects of that most destructive, fascinating, and relentless of human experiences -- war.
For a second, put aside Antony Beevor, John Keegan, Stephen Ambrose and the other popular writers in today’s military history genre and delve into the past. Countless books about conflicts, soldiering and warfare have slipped into obscurity. Many go out-of-print very quickly but our worldwide network of used and rare booksellers ensures these books can still be found. This selection of forgotten gems includes a regimental history, memoirs from combatants, books from guerilla fighters, five-star generals and an Apache warrior, and even a contribution from Mrs. Custer.
Empire of the East: Or, Japan & Russia at War 1904-5
An obscure book from 1905 detailing the Japan-Russo conflict. Gilt pictorial cover.
Is War Hell?
W. Charles Goe
A long-forgotten 1947 self-published account of a navy chaplain′s experiences in World War II.
I Was Monty′s Double
M.E, Clifton James
Published in 1955, the author′s likeness to Field Marshall Montgomery ensured a unique experience.
I Fought With Geromino
Jason Betzinez, W.S. Nye
Betzinez was related to the famous Apache warrior - an excellent memoir from 1959.
Stephen Perry Jocelyn
Perry Jocelyn was a frontier soldier and Indian fighter. Published in 1953 and written by his son.
A Rifleman Went to War
Herbert W McBride
Published in 1935, McBride recounts his experiences with the Canadian Corps in World War I.
The Path to Leadership
Field Marshall Montgomery
Published in 1961, look out for copies signed "Montgomery of Alamein".
The Growth of the Red Army
D. Fedotoff White
Published in 1944 by Princeton University Press - American analysis of Russian military might.
A History of Firearms
Major H.B.C Pollard
A comprehensive guide to weaponry first published in the 1920s.
From Harlem to the Rhine
Arthur W. Little
An amazing book published in 1936 about the Negro regiment that served in World War I.
Boots and Saddles or, Life in Dakota with General Custer
Elizabeth B. Custer
Custer′s widow was a prolific writer and speaker after the death of her husband at the Little Bighorn.
Published in 1941, this book looks at the various gases used in chemical warfare.
The Army of the Future
General Charles de Gaulle
First English version came in 1940. The French edition was 1934. It predicted mechanized warfare.
Charles W Quantrell: A True History Of His Guerrilla Warfare
John P. Bruge
Self-published in 1923. An unreliable account of Quantrell′s gang, which included Jesse James.
Old Soldier Sahib
Private Frank Richards
A gem from 1936, the second of two books on WWI anonymously rewritten by Robert Graves.
Reminiscences of the Santiago Campaign
Published in 1899, a professor of military science recounts his Spanish-American War experience.
History of the 2nd King Edward's Own Goorkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles)
Recounts the Indian Mutiny, an Afghan War and the Northwest Frontier - in four volumes. Very rare.
A Surgeon in Khaki
Arthur Anderson Martin
First published in 1915, the book details a New Zealander′s service in France and Flanders in 1914.
General Tommy Franks
Not really forgotten but few people know about the Easton Press edition from 2004.
The Wars of the Roses
This book analyzes the long-running conflict between the houses of York and Lancaster.
There are many AbeBooks′ booksellers that specialize in military books. Visit their storefronts and search through their vast inventories.
- C. Clayton Thompson Bookseller from Boone, NC, USA
- DBookmahn's Used and Rare Military Books in Springfield, VA, USA
- Kisselburg Military Books in Stillwater, MN, USA
- Military History Bookshop in Brooks, ME, USA
- Military Books in Washingon DC, USA
- Stan Clark Military Books in Gettysburg, PA, USA
- The Civil War Book Shop in Sunbury, OH, USA
- Military History Books in Folkstoke, Kent, UK
- Paul Meekins Military & History Books in Stratford upon Avon, UK
- Turner Donovan Military Books in Brighton, UK
- World War Books from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
- New Zealand Military Books in Auckland, NZ