NEW BOOK: Conflicts of the Twentieth Century. continued.

The Fleet at Flood Tide; America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944 to 1045 by James Hornfischer. Bantam, 2017 paper. The battle for the Marianas and the flowering of naval aviation.

Divided on D-Day; How Conflicts and Rivalries Jeopardized the Allied Victory at Normandy by Edward Gordon & David Ramsay. Prometheus, 2017. The conflicting egos, national rivalries, and varying professionalism of the military leadership on the Normandy beaches and the invasion of Occupied France.

Stalin; Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 by Stephen Kotkin. Penguin, 2017. The wisdom of Joseph Stalin’s decision not to challenge Hitler will always be debated. It may not have been good for the Russian people; Stalin was at the same time a paranoid, hence a cornered paranoid might have been much worse.

The Vél d’Hiv Raid; The French Police at the Service of the Gestapo by Maurice Rajsfus et alii. Doppelhouse, 2017 paper. In the early morning hours of 16 July 1942 the French police, going beyond Nazi ordinances, arrested and imprisoned 13,000 Jews in a Paris sporting arena. They were held there for two days without food or water and then deported to concentration camps.

The Wehrmacht’s Last Stand; The German Campaigns of 1944 and 1945 by Robert Citino. University Press of Kansas, 2017. By 1943 most German officers understood that the war was lost. What kept the German army going?

Degrade and Destroy; The Inside Story of the War Against the Islamic State by Michael Gordon. Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2018. The Obama administration thought we ought to keep our provocative military presence in the Middle East at a minimum. But things are not looking great for that policy.

Withdrawal; Reassessing America’s Final Years in Vietnam by Gregory Daddis. Oxford University Press, 2017. Daddis argues that the entire US effort in Vietnam was incapable of reversing the developments following the Tet Offensive. The North Vietnamese had basically won the war.

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