Archive for the ‘Books’ Category
Now that Battlefield 4 has been out for a couple of weeks, devoted players will be looking for something more. If the game scenarios have invaded your dreams, maybe you’re ready for the behind-the-scenes view offered in the new book The Art of Battlefield 4 .
Since you won’t be focused on avoiding your opponent’s bullets, you can take a moment to appreciate all the detail in the game’s imagery. The book is 100% focused on presenting the images from the game and leaves out a lot of the interview and technical background that clogs up some of these titles. +Continue Reading
Some of our readers know former Navy SEAL Jason Redman because they’ve seen photos of a sign he posted outside his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda after he was wounded in a 2007 raid against an al-Qaida leader in Iraq.
Redman’s determination resonated with a lot of people and now he’s written a memoir called The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader that puts the sign in context and tells both a more complicated and more interesting story than the one suggested by his “Like and Share” Facebook moment. +Continue Reading
It’s amazing that Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton became one of the world’s most successful novelists after writing The Andromeda Strain while enrolled at Harvard Medical School. That novel (and subsequent movie) made it easy for him to decide that a career in medicine wasn’t for him.
What’s more amazing is that Crichton managed to find time to write and publish eight novels under a pen name during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Those John Lange books haven’t exactly been a secret, but they’re now being reissued by Hard Case with excellent new artwork. We’ve got an excerpt from Binary, a thriller where a businessman John Wright decides to assassinate the President and decides he needs to steal a U.S. Army shipment that contains the chemicals he needs to make a deadly nerve gas called VZ. Federal agent John Graves must stop Wright before disaster ensues. +Continue Reading
Sportswriter Steve Eubanks had a great idea: write a book that follows one player each from the Army and Navy football teams who participated in the 2001 game through their military careers. With some help from the Army and Navy SIDs, he chose Army QB Chad Jenkins and Navy LB Brian Stann and uses their stories as the basis for All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and the War They Fought in Iraq. +Continue Reading
It’s still hard to make sense of retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s tragic death at the hand of a fellow veteran this past January. Following last summer’s posthumous publication of American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms, we’re presented with American Sniper: Memorial Edition, an expanded version of his 2012 #1 bestselling memoir. +Continue Reading
Bill Fawcett continues his successful How to Lose a War military history series with a fifth book, How to Lose a War at Sea. The book compiles more than 35 essays detailing some of the greatest military disasters in the history of seafaring. +Continue Reading
While Stark Trek: Into Darkness (out this week on DVD & Blu-ray) does a good job of rebooting the Enterprise for a new generation, there’s never really been a substitute for the original. Artist Juan Ortiz loves the original series and created movie poster-style artwork for each of its 80 episodes.
Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz is really beautiful book, with large 10 1/2 x 14″ images that look like they should be the covers of Philip K. Dick novels. Check out our slideshow below. +Continue Reading
No matter how some of our readers might feel about the politics behind Neill Blomkamp’s space-station-for-the-1% movie Elysium, the visuals were spectacular and the weapons and spaceship designs were the best part of the movie.
All that prop design and special effects are detailed in a new book called Elysium: The Art of the Film. It’s not just a collection of sketches; author Mark Salisbury interviewed the crew about the process of designing the movie and gets them to talk about how they tried to make everything work together. Check out a gallery of images from the book below. +Continue Reading
Samit Basu’s new novel Turbulence explores what happens when everyone on a London-to-Delhi flight mysteriously acquires various superhuman abilities and how those new abilities play out in the real world once they land in India.
In this exclusive piece for Military.com, Basu reflects on how superhuman abilities might impact military culture and asks our readers some interesting questions about what the real-world costs and benefits might be. Check out his questions and offer up your answers in the comments below.
By Samit Basu
One of the most iconic images in comic-book history is from World War II-era America: Captain America uppercutting Hitler right in the face. It says so much about what superheroes were at the time, about the role they played in rousing public sentiment, in depicting the moods of readers of the time, and how they tapped into the memories of super-soldier heroes that we’d all read about, heard or seen in early childhood. +Continue Reading
Brendan Koerner’s The Skies Belong to Us is a must-read for anyone under the age of 40 who has older friends and family that like to talk about how the world is going to hell and how much more civilized things were back in the day.
Koerner tells the story of Vietnam Vet Roger Holder and his 19-year-old girlfriend Cathy Kerkow and their June 1972 hjiacking of Western Airlines Flight 701. Originally conceived as to “rescue” radical icon Angela Davis from prison and deliver her to exile in Hanoi, the crime didn’t go off as planned and Holder and Kerkow eventually gained asylum in Algeria after several stops and a plane swap. +Continue Reading