Military history books provide insights into how the conflicts of the past have shaped our world and convey important lessons about war. These volumes range from first-person accounts, such as diaries and journals, to complete overviews of weapons and warfare.
Military history books have always had a powerful impact on readers that goes beyond sharing tactics and strategies: they also highlight political conflict and the unique personalities that engage in war. Napoleon: A Life by historian Paul Johnson examines the unique ambition that drove Napoleon to become a conqueror. For rare insights into Russian history, collectors can scoop up Edvard Radzinsky's Stalin, which Radzinsky created after being granted access to the Soviet Union's secret archives.
First-person accounts provide unique insights into the mind of a soldier. Those with an interest in the ancient history of the East will find that Korean military innovator Yi Sun-shin's The War Diary of Admiral Yi Sun-shin an interesting walk through his approach to the naval warfare of the 1500s. Julius Caesar's Civil War is his personal account of his war against Pompey in the 1st century B.C. Modern military history books include the hard-hitting action of SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin. Platoon Leader: A Memoir of Command in Combat by James R. McDonoughan is a no-holds-barred examination of the author's tour in Vietnam.
Vintage military history books offer a timeless look at strategies, personalities, and failures. Sweeping overviews of entire regimes include Edward Gibbon's enduring classic The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, penned in the 1700s, and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by L. Shirer. Buy military history books to add to your collection and enjoy them for years to come.