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National Military Appreciation Month - May 2010
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The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army
By Paul Lockhart

Book Description: History professor Lockhart uses a conventional chronological approach to reveal the deeds and character of a man whose life was full of surprises and frustrating failures but ultimately crowned with success. The molding of the Continental Army into a disciplined fighting force was largely the work of Prussian immigrant the Baron de Steuben . . . As the letters of George Washington and others reveal, the American army after Lexington and Concord was not much of an army and was no match for the well-trained British troops and their hired mercenaries. However, under Steuben’s command, grumbling but willing troops drilled and drilled until they became a fighting force that could stand up to a European army.” -  from Booklist

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“The Rich Legacy of a Forgotten Founder”
From U.S. News and World Report

Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from World War II’s “Band of Brothers”
By Don Malarkey with Bob Welch

Book Description: A "Band of Brothers" soldier and elite paratrooper describes his role in providing defense during 1943's Operation Overlord, his receipt of a Bronze Star and numerous other honors, and the loss of his best friend during the engagement at Bastogne.

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More about Donald Malarkey

Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives
By Jim Sheeler

Book Description: A survey of the way America honors fallen soldiers follows the experiences of Marine major Steve Beck whose duties include casualty notification, a responsibility involving unexpected and untrained acts of compassion. Based on Sheeler's Pulitzer Prize-winning story, "Final Salute" is a stunning tribute to the brave troops who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to the families who continue to mourn them.

Also Available in Audiobook
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Faces of the Fallen created by the Washington Post

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
By Doug Stanton

Book Description: “In this absolutely riveting account, full of horror and raw courage, journalist Stanton recreates the miseries and triumphs of specially trained mounted U.S. soldiers, deployed in the war-ravaged Afghanistan mountains to fight alongside the Northern Alliance-thousands of rag-tag Afghans who fought themselves to exhaustion or death-against the Taliban.” – Publishers Weekly

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Interview with Doug Stanton
From Simon & Schuster on

The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat
By Bob Drury

Book Description: Offers the story of the courageous mission of the Marines of Fox Company who found themselves surrounded and greatly outnumbered by Chinese forces at the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.

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The Majestic Twelve: The True Story of the Most Feared Combat Unit in Baghdad
By Jack W. Lynch II with Rick Lynch

Book Description: “One unexpected aspect of the Iraq war was how quickly it developed into a struggle for control of the roads against an enemy increasingly expert in every kind of ambush technique, from remote-controlled improvised explosive devices to civilian-screened ambushes . . . Lynch, a retired master sergeant, is a marine of the old school who brought 23 years' experience as an infantryman to the problem. His solution was to create a convoy security force, the Majestic Twelve .” – Publishers Weekly

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War in Iraq maintained and updated by CNN

Married to the Military: A Survival Guide for Military Wives, Girlfriends, and Women in Uniform
By Meredith Leyva

Book Description: “For someone new to military life, adjusting can sometimes be overwhelming. Married to the Military provides great information and a commonsense approach that will help military wives and significant others make the best of their experiences." – Sylvia Kidd, director of family programs for the Association of the U.S. Army – The author’s website for military wives and women in uniform

On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery
By Robert M. Poole

Book Description: “The central character in "On Hallowed Ground," Robert M. Poole's gracefully written, often deeply affecting history, cannot speak. However, Poole succeeds grandly in giving voice to the more than 600 acres of what virtually all Americans consider sacred soil.” – The Washington Post

Arlington National Cemetery

Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier’s Flight from the Greatest Manhunt of World War II
By Brendan I. Koerner

Book Description: Traces the story of World War II soldier Herman Perry, an African-American G.I. assigned to a segregated labor battalion who sparked the war's most notorious manhunt when he fled into the Indo-Burmese jungle after shooting an unarmed white officer.

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Now the Hell Will Start – The official site for the book

Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War
By Vuic, Kara Dixon

Book Description: “Vivid personal accounts abound in historian Kara Dixon Vuic's compelling look at the experiences of army nurses in the Vietnam War. Drawing on more than 100 interviews, Vuic allows the nurses to tell their own captivating stories, from their reasons for joining the military to the physical and emotional demands of a horrific war and postwar debates about how to commemorate their service.” – from book

The Army Nurse Corps today

The Remains of Company D: A Story of the Great War
By James Carl Nelson

Book Description: “Nelson's grandfather fought in WWI. Wounded in 1917, he survived until 1993 but said little about his experience. Inheriting only his grandfather's dog tag, a Purple Heart and a few postcards, Nelson, a former staff writer for the Miami Herald, resolved to tell his story and that of his 250-man company.” – Publisher’s Weekly

The Remains of Company D – The official site for the book

They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq
By Kelly Kennedy

Book Description: An embedded reporter relates the story of a courageous military unit that sacrificed more men than any battalion since the Vietnam War to change Adhamiya, Iraq, from a lawless town where insurgents roamed freely, to a secure neighborhood.

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Kelly Kennedy speaks to journalism students at the University of Richmond on

The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education
by Craig M. Mullaney

Book Description: West Point graduate, Rhodes scholar, and Army Ranger describes his extensive military education, the ways in which his service in Afghanistan shaped his views, and his work as a Naval Academy instructor.

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United States Military Academy at West Point


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