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Books on Military History

Deathride: The War Between Hitler and Stalin, 1941-1945

(Simon and Schuster, June 2010)
Historians agree the Eastern front is where the decisive battles of the war were fought. The conventional wisdom is that Hitler was mad to think he could defeat the USSR because of its vast population, that the Battle of Stalingrad marked the turning point. But Hitler came very close to winning outright.

Cross of Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Military Machine, 1918-1945

(Holt, 2006)
Mosier demystifies the strategic and tactical realities to show how Germany’s more responsive military culture provided its army with the advantage in both wars until overwhelmed by America’s military might.

The Blitzkrieg Myth: How Hitler and the Allies Misread the Strategic Realities of World War II

(HarperCollins, 2003)
The great myth of World War 1 was that the defense was all-powerful. In the inter-war years a new myth appeared—that the new technology of the airplane and the tank would result in massive breakthroughs on the battlefield, with the enemy being destroyed in weeks. Mosier shows how the leaders of both sides were seduced by these ideas–and how and why they failed to work as advertised.

Grant: A Biography

(Palgrave, 2006)
Mosier argues that Grant was not simply the best of the Civil War generals, but agrees with Robert E. Lee's assessment that he was one of the best generals ever to take the field at the had of an army.

The Myth of the Great War: A New Military History of the First World War

(HarperCollins, 2001). Also published in England by Profile.
A challenging and controversial analysis of the war on the Western Front that reveals how and why the Germans consistently defeated the French and the British with one-half to one-third fewer casualties than the Allies, and how American troops in 1918 saved the Allies from defeat.