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Red Star Over the Pacific

Toshi Yoshihara & James R. Holmes

Naval Institute Press

291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402

9781591143901, $36.95,

China has been rushing to become a global power in more than one way. "Red Star Over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U. S. Maritime Strategy" is a discussion of the rising naval power that resides in China. This rise in the modern day has many major implications to the future of world peace and power, as they are quickly becoming a rising threat to America's long standing naval superiority. Calling for an answer before China's naval forces get out of hand, "Red Star Over the Pacific" is a thoughtful read and solidly recommended for international issues and military collections.

Titans of the Rising Sun

Raymond A. Bawal

Inland Expressions

42211 Garfield Rd. #297, Clinton Township, MI 48038

9780981815732, $19.95,

Before the air became an important battlefield, dominion over the seas was critical to an empire. "Titans of the Rising Sun: The Rise and Fall of Japan's Yamato Class Battleships" looks at the history surrounding Japan's naval power at the turn of the twentieth century and how it came into play during this period in its war with Russia and its expanding power over Asia. But in its rush to gain power on the world stage and keep a stronger military, Japan made many errors. "Titans of the Rising Sun" is a detailed piece of military history, highly recommended.

Men in German Uniform

Antonio Thompson

The University of Tennessee Press

293 Communications Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0325

9781572337282, $41.95,

All countries took prisoners of war, but all POW stories are not the same. "Men in German Uniform: POWs in America in America During World War II" looks at the interesting case of German prisoners of war being held in America throughout the second world war. These men were not all Nazis, and not all Germans, as Nazi Germany's military recruitment did little discriminating and pulled from convicts, other European PoWs, and many more. Their lack of unity seemed surprising, as Antonio Thompson sheds light on this intriguing story. "Men in German Uniform" is a fine read for a lesser talked about topic in the history of World War II.

A Coast Guardsman's History of the U.S. Coast Guard

C. Douglas Kroll

Naval Institute Press

291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402

9781591144335, $34.95,

A Coast Guardsman's History of the U.S. Coast Guard is a solid survey of the history, values, and purpose of the United States Coast Guard. Chapters discuss predecessors to the Coast Guard, including those who performed lifesaving or lighthouse services and the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, as well as how Coast Guard traditions came to be. A wealth of true stories from active duty, reserve, auxiliary, and civilian members of the Coast Guard team add an unforgettably personal touch to this inspirational resource and testimony. History of the U.S. Coast Guard is an excellent addition to American military history and marine studies shelves.

Victory in Defeat

Gregory J. W. Urwin

Naval Institute Press

291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402

9781591148999, $38.95, 1-800-233-8764

Victory in Defeat: The Wake Island Defenders in Captivity is the true story of the U.S. forces of the tiny Wake Island outpost during World War II. When they surrendered to the Japanese on December 23, 1941, it was the beginning of their true fight for survival - weathering three and a half years in Japanese POW camps. Ultimately, the defeated Americans (the majority of which were Marines) endured captivity with a notably higher survival rate than most other Allied POWs in the Pacific. Victory in Defeat reveals how this virtual miracle came to be, through a combination of solid discipline, esprit de corps, mutual help networks, and sheer good fortune -most Wake Islanders endured in two camps outside Shanghai, one of few locations that Japanese authorities allowed the Red Cross to help POWs. Historical evidence also reveals that the guards at Shanghai were notably less brutal than those of POW camps in the Japanese empire, a factor that further contributed to POW survival. Victory in Defeat is an in-depth, solidly researched, and accurately presented chronicle of survival and courage, and a welcome contribution to World War II military history shelves.

Racing the Sunrise

Glen Williford

Naval Institute Press

291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402

9781591149569, $37.95,

Racing the Sunrise: Reinforcing America's Pacific Outposts, 1941-1942 is a thoughtful analysis of America's historic comeback from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Written by Glen Williford, co-founder of the Coast Defense Study Group (the only American historical society dedicated to the Coast Guard), Racing the Sunrise chronicles American efforts to rebuild its military presence in the Philippines and Hawaii, as well as the labor to supply Bataan and Corregidor in early 1942. Racing the Sunrise is also an acutely accurate reminder of the human cost to the immense work to counter the Japanese, and even discusses defensive efforts to guard lines of communication to Australia. A detailed and thorough accounting supplemented with notes, a bibliography, and an index, Racing the Sunrise is invaluable addition to World War II military and naval history shelves, highly recommended.

Osprey publishing

4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219, Long Island City, NY 11101-5058

Martin Pegler's THE THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN: FROM PROHIBITION CHICAGO TO WORLD WAR II (9781849081498, $17.95) offers the first book in Osprey's 'Weapon' series and provides a finely detailed review of the development, use and impact of small arms throughout history. Expert knowledge and first-hand accounts contribute to an analysis of the Thompsons development and those who used it, making for an outstanding survey recommended for any military collection. Also a powerful pick is Prit Buttar's BATTLEFIELD PRUSSIA: THE ASSAULT ON GERMANY'S EASTERN FRONT 1944-45 (9781849081900, $29.95). It comes packed with action shots and photos, first-hand accounts from soldiers on both sides - most of which have never appeared in English - and follows the months between the arrival of the Red Army in Germany to the collapse of Hitler's regime. No military collection strong in World War II should be without this specific, in-depth analysis. World War II collections will readily welcome Mark Sitlle's MIDWAY 1942: TURNING POINT IN THE PACIFIC (9781846035012, $19.95), a fine survey of the battle of Midway, its politics, and its strategy. Recent research into the battle offers a new study to dispel many myths, making this a 'must' for any serious analysis of the Midway experience. Osprey's THE MILITARY HISTORY QUIZ BOOK (9781849081726, $9.95) provides a fine military history trivia collection for any buff who thinks they know military topics. Osprey's own quizmaster creates a range of questions and answers that will make a perfect gift choice for any military history enthusiast. Ron Field's ROBERT E. LEE (9781849081450, $18.95) offers Book 7 in Osprey's 'Command' series covering the tactics and leadership of history's greatest military commanders, and offers letters, newspapers and diaries to build a fine narrative of Lee's achievements. From his legendary career to his tragedies, ROBERT E. LEE is a fine introduction for any military or general-interest holding!
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