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‘The Hunters’: Not a Typical Shoot-‘Em-Up Military Book

By Mark Lee Greenblatt

The Hunters, the sixth novel from retired Air National Guard senior master sergeant Tom Young, is a compelling read with well-paced writing and interesting plot developments. Young’s latest is not a typical shoot-‘em-up military book — to the contrary, it takes readers on a humanitarian mission in Somalia, which of course goes awry, and the protagonists are forced to fight for their survival. And, to add some unique texture, half of the book is told through the eyes of a young terrorist gunman. Hardly a run-o’-the-mill book. +Continue Reading

A New Look at JFK in ‘PT 109′


On October 6th, author William Doyle will publish PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy, a new book that aims to reexamine the president’s legacy through the lens of his World War II service. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Do Overseas Military Bases Damage National Security?

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A sure-to-be-controversial new book from American University anthropology professor David Vine claims that the 800 bases the United States operates outside its borders hurt our national security more than they help it. In Base Nation: How the U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, Vine talks about how most of these bases were established after World War II as the Cold War escalated and suggests that we should pay more attention to the local opposition that many of these bases inspire. +Continue Reading

Korea: A Dozen Question Test


Best attempted by those Who Served in Korea After Vietnam and Before Desert Storm


I joined the Army in 1976 the nation’s bicentennial. It was a transitional period for the military, we were still wearing the green pickle suits, the draw down from Vietnam had leveled out, the all-volunteer army was in the experimental stage, the Cold War was raging and we drove real jeeps. +Continue Reading

10 Food Favorites Invented by the U.S. Military


Anastacia Marx de Salcedo’s new book Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat explores how many of the processed foods we buy at the supermarket are prepared using technology and techniques invented by the military to preserve and transport food for troops in battle. To celebrate its release, the author gives us a glimpse into the book’s subject with a list that highlights just a few ways military research affects our daily diet. +Continue Reading

‘Ashley’s War’ Chronicles Women on the Special Ops Battlefield


By Mark Lee Greenblatt

People who like compelling, well-crafted tales of America’s soldiers in action will like Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s recently released book tells the story behind the first team of female soldiers to join American special operators on the battlefield. The key to this book, however, is not simply that they are strong females, but that they are strong soldiers.

That message appears in the very first pages of the book, where she follows two soldiers on their first mission. The “newbies,” as she calls them, are preparing to go on a dangerous operation with an aggressive, seasoned Ranger team to capture an insurgent leader deep in Afghanistan. Lemmon identifies the newbies as “Second Lieutenant White” and “Staff Sergeant Mason,” sharing only at the very end of the introduction that White and Mason are women. +Continue Reading

11 Things I Learned in the Military That Helped Me Write Military Sci-Fi

  • June 22, 2015
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By Bennett R. Coles

Royal Canadian Navy veteran Bennett Coles has launched a new career as an author since he left the service in 2005 (full details on his Navy career here). “Virtues of War” is the first in a trilogy of military sci-fi novels and he wrote an article for us explaining how his service experiences make him a better science fiction writer.

1. How to make the military actually act like a military

Over the years, reading and watching military sci-fi, I’ve cringed at the misuse of ranks, inappropriate decisions, or the captain always leading the away team. I’ve really to bring authenticity to my military sci-fi writing by basing my future military on my own 15 years of experience in uniform. +Continue Reading

11 Awesome Things Drill Sergeants Say


Dan Caddy, a sergeant first class with the Vermont Army National Guard, has just published Awesome Sh*t My Drill Sergeant Said: Wit and Wisdom from America’s Finest, a book based on his wildly popular (832K & counting!) Facebook page of the same name. If you’re one of those folks who pretends that military life is something like Sunday School, stay away: both the book and the web page are hilariously profane. Here are eleven highlights from the book, specially selected to protect some of our more delicate readers. +Continue Reading

‘Men of War’: What It’s Really Like to Be a Soldier

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Historian Alexander Rose aim’s to give a grunt’s perspective on some of the bloodiest battles in American history in Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima. Rose takes material from memoirs and interviews with the men who survived those battles and puts those experiences into the broader contexts of their respective battles and wars to create a portrait that’s decidedly different from most war histories. +Continue Reading

The Birth of the Texas Rangers

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On Memorial Day, the History Channel is launching Texas Rising, a new dramatic series about the Texas Rangers and the rise of the Lone Star republic. Starring Bill Paxton and directed by Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields), the ten-part series will offer insight into the Texas psyche for modern audiences, especially those viewers who are puzzled by contemporary protests about a potential “invasion” of Texas by the United States military.

In connection with the series, noted historian Stephen L. Moore has just published Texas Rising: The Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836–1846. Moore, who’s a descendent of Ranger Captain William T. Sadler, has condensed a lot of his previous research into a readable and colorful version of the Ranger story. +Continue Reading