Books about Military Strategy

  1. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

    by Erik Larson
    Exploration of Lusitania's fateful voyage and its lasting impact on World War I.

    #1 New York Times Bestseller,From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the, Lusitania, On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth ... (Barnes & Noble)

  2. Lieutenant Hornblower

    by C.S. Forester
    An adventurous naval officer navigates the dangerous high seas of the Napoleonic Wars.

    William Bush , who becomes Hornblower's faithful companion and best friend, is introduced boarding HMS, Renown, as the third lieutenant . Hornblower is the fifth and most junior lieutenant. It is ... (Wikipedia)

  3. D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Battle for the Normandy Beaches

    by Stephen E. Ambrose
    A comprehensive account of the pivotal World War II invasion of Normandy.

    Now illustrated with an extraordinary collection of over 125 photos, Stephen E. Ambrose’s D-Day is the definitive history of World War II’s most pivotal battle, June 6, 1944, the day that changed the ... (Barnes & Noble)

  4. The Art of War

    by Sun Tzu
    Ancient Chinese military treatise outlining strategies for success in battle.

    Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on ... (Goodreads)

  5. History of the Peloponnesian War

    by Thucydides
    Detailed account of the protracted war between Athens and Sparta in ancient Greece.

    Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the long life-and-death struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling its ... (Goodreads)

  6. Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic

    by Tom Holland
    An exploration of the events that led to the fall of the Roman Republic.

    In 49 B.C., the seven hundred fifth year since the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed a small border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil war. Tom Holland’s ... (Goodreads)

  7. Caesar: Life of a Colossus

    by Adrian Goldsworthy
    Biography of Julius Caesar, detailing his rise to power and influence over Roman history.

    Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of the great Roman emperor’s life, Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor’s accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful ... (Goodreads)

  8. Caliban's War

    by James S.A. Corey
    War between rival colonies on a hostile planet, with humanity's survival at stake.

    On Ganymede , Mei Meng is kidnapped from her preschool by her doctor. Several hours later, Earth and Martian space marines are attacked and effortlessly killed by a super soldier , with Bobbie ... (Wikipedia)

  9. The Conquest of Gaul

    by Gaius Julius Caesar
    A narrative of Julius Caesar's military campaigns in Gaul, chronicling his strategy and triumphs.
  10. Debt of Honor

    by Tom Clancy
    Military thriller involving a terrorist plot to bring about a war between the U.S and Japan.

    Japanese industrialist Raizo Yamata has been plotting to bring back his country to a position of greatness for years, partly as revenge for the death of his family at the hands of American forces ... (Wikipedia)

  11. Tarkin

    by James Luceno
    A prequel to the original Star Wars movie exploring the origins of the Galactic Empire and the rise of Darth Vader.

    "Of power, I could tell you much. One must seize the moment, and strike." –Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished ... (Goodreads)

  12. Shards of Honour

    by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Intergalactic war between two factions leads to unlikely romance between their leaders.

    Cordelia Naismith, the captain of a Betan Astronomical Survey ship, is exploring a newly discovered planet when her base camp is attacked. While investigating, she is surprised by a soldier, hits her ... (Wikipedia)

  13. Gods and Generals

    by Jeff Shaara
    Epic saga of the American Civil War, recounting the experiences of its heroes and leaders.

    Copying his father's approach of focusing on the most important officers of the two armies ( General Robert E. Lee , Major General Winfield Scott Hancock , Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson , ... (Wikipedia)

  14. Sharpe's Rifles

    by Bernard Cornwell
    A tale of heroism and courage in the Napoleonic Wars, as one man rises to become a legendary soldier.

    Sharpe's battalion, acting as rearguard to the British Army in its retreat to Corunna , are cut down by a squadron of French regular cavalry. Sharpe takes up Captain Murray's heavy cavalry sword ... (Wikipedia)

  15. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

    by S.C. Gwynne
    Epic tale of the Comanche tribe's rise and fall in North America.

    In the tradition of, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, ... (Goodreads)

  16. Wedge's Gamble

    by Michael A. Stackpole
    Wedge Antilles and Rogue Squadron must infiltrate the Imperial stronghold of Coruscant to rescue prisoners and turn the tide of the war.

    Sleek, swift, and deadly, they are the X-wing fighters. And as the battle against the Empire rages across the vastness of space, the pilots risk both their lives and their machines for the cause of ... (Goodreads)

  17. Specter of the Past

    by Timothy Zahn
    The Empire is gone, but a new threat emerges as a mysterious figure from the past threatens to tear apart the fragile peace in the galaxy.

    Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn makes his triumphant return to the Star Wars(r) universe in this first of an epic new two-volume series in which the New Republic must face its most dangerous ... (Goodreads)

  18. Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

    by T.E. Lawrence
    A first-hand account of the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire during WWI.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an unusual and rich work. It encompasses an account of the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War alongside general Middle Eastern and military history, ... (Goodreads)

  19. Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

    by Mark Bowden
    A detailed account of the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, where US soldiers fought Somali militia in a brutal urban warfare.

    On October 3, 1993, about a hundred U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopter into a teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia, to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. The action ... (Goodreads)

  20. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942–1943

    by Antony Beevor
    The epic story of the Battle of Stalingrad and its devastating impact on WWII.

    The Battle of Stalingrad was not only the psychological turning point of World War II: it also changed the face of modern warfare. From Antony Beevor, the internationally bestselling author of, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  21. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

    by Neil Sheehan
    A detailed account of the Vietnam War, and one man's role in it.

    This passionate, epic account of the Vietnam War centres on Lt Col John Paul Vann, whose story illuminates America's failures & disillusionment in SE Asia. A field adviser to the army when US ... (Goodreads)

  22. The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

    by Nathaniel Philbrick
    A gripping account of the legendary battle between General Custer and the Lakota Sioux.

    "An engrossing and tautly written account of a critical chapter in American history." —,Los Angeles Times, Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Hurricane's Eye , Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower , ... (Barnes & Noble)

  23. Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    by Lois McMaster Bujold
    An action-packed adventure of a career soldier who is reluctantly caught in a web of political intrigue.

    During a stay in the planet Komarr, Captain Ivan Vorpatril is recruited by Byerly Vorrutyer, an undercover agent of Imperial Security, to find out the identity of a young woman named Tej, connected ... (Wikipedia)

  24. The Civil War, Vol. 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville

    by Shelby Foote
    Comprehensive chronicle of the American Civil War, from its beginnings to the battle of Perryville.

    The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 1 begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, ... (Goodreads)

  25. The Ionian Mission

    by Patrick O'Brian
    Captain Aubrey and Dr. Maturin embark on a mission to the Greek islands during the Napoleonic Wars.

    Maturin and Villiers are happily married. After a time together in their new house on Half Moon Street , Maturin settles in his rooms at The Grapes, where Diana comes often, and from which he walks ... (Wikipedia)

  26. A Bridge Too Far

    by Cornelius Ryan
    Historical account of the Liberation of Europe during WWII, focusing on the Battle of Arnhem.

    A Bridge Too Far, is Cornelius Ryan's masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshalled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as ... (Goodreads)

  27. Enemy At The Gates The Battle For Stalingrad Tie In Edition

    by William Craig
    An exploration of the decisive World War II battle between German and Russian forces.

    Stalingrad, the bloodiest battle in the history of warfare, cost the lives of nearly two million men and women. It signaled the beginning of the end for the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler; it foretold ... (Goodreads)

  28. Extreme Measures

    by Vince Flynn
    CIA operative is sent on a mission to stop a terrorist threat.

    The latest pulse-pounding thriller by #1 "New York Times" bestselling phenomenon Vince Flynn explodes onto the scene with a deadly and charismatic hero fans will cheer for all the way to the last ... (Goodreads)

  29. Napoleon: A Life

    by Andrew Roberts
    Biography of the French political and military leader and the age of revolution he embodied.

    The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the, New York Times, bestselling author of, The Storm of War,—winner of the, Los Angeles Times, Book Prize for Biography and the Grand Prix ... (Goodreads)

  30. Mr. Churchill's Secretary

    by Susan Elia MacNeal
    A young woman becomes Winston Churchill's secretary during WWII and uncovers a web of espionage and danger.

    For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry,, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, captures the drama of an era of unprecedented challenge—and the greatness that rose to meet it. London, ... (Goodreads)

  31. War of Honor

    by David Weber
    Space opera featuring political intrigue, espionage, and interstellar war.

    Five years have passed since a truce was reached between Manticore and Haven, but there is still no formal peace treaty. Even though neither side wishes to resume fighting, political circumstances in ... (Wikipedia)

  32. Dauntless

    by Jack Campbell
    A space pilot's adventure to save the human race from alien invaders.

    John 'Black Jack' Geary has recently been rescued from a 100-year-old escape pod with a damaged beacon. He was the commanding officer of an early battle in what has become a century-old war between ... (Wikipedia)

  33. Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

    by Anthony Everitt
    A biography of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, who transformed the republic into an empire and left a lasting legacy.

    He found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus transformed the unruly Republic into the greatest empire the world had ever seen. His consolidation and ... (Goodreads)

  34. The Butcher of Anderson Station

    by James S.A. Corey
    A former soldier reflects on his role in a brutal massacre on a distant planet. A tale of regret, guilt, and the horrors of war.

    A new story set in the world of The Expanse. One day, Colonel Fred Johnson will be hailed as a hero to the system. One day, he will meet a desperate man in possession of a stolen spaceship and a ... (Goodreads)

  35. The Good Shepherd

    by C.S. Forester
    A WWII naval thriller following the captain of a destroyer as he navigates the dangers of the Atlantic and battles his own demons.

    The hero of The Good Shepherd is Commander Krause, the captain of the fictional US Navy, Mahan,-class destroyer USS Keeling in World War II . Krause is in overall command of an escort force ... (Wikipedia)

  36. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan

    by Bill O'Reilly
    A narrative of the U.S. in final days of WWII, and the strategies used to end the war in the Pacific.

    The powerful and riveting new book in the multimillion-selling, Killing, series by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, ... (Goodreads)

  37. The Persian Expedition

    by Xenophon
    An account of the Greek mercenary soldiers' journey to Persia and their struggles against the Persian army.

    In The Persian Expedition, Xenophon, a young Athenian noble who sought his destiny abroad, provides an enthralling eyewitness account of the attempt by a Greek mercenary army - the Ten Thousand - to ... (Goodreads)

  38. Footfall

    by Larry Niven
    Aliens invade Earth, and humanity must fight back to save their planet from destruction.

    The alien Fithp resemble baby elephants with multiple prehensile trunks. They possess more advanced technology than humans but have developed none of it on their own. In the distant past on their ... (Wikipedia)

  39. The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography

    by Simon Singh
    A comprehensive history of cryptography and its role in shaping our world.

    In his first book since the bestselling Fermat’s Enigma , Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, ... (Goodreads)

  40. The Cardinal of the Kremlin

    by Tom Clancy
    US and Soviet forces battle for control of a powerful satellite system.

    For thirty years, Colonel Mikhail Semyonovich "Misha" Filitov, a personal aide to the Soviet Minister of Defense and war hero, has been passing military, technical, and political intelligence to the ... (Wikipedia)

  41. First Meetings in Ender's Universe

    by Orson Scott Card
    A collection of short stories that explore the first encounters between humans and the alien species in Ender's Universe.

    Meet Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the unforgettable boy-hero of, Ender's Game,–winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novel--and enter his Universe through this collection of stories.,"The ... (Goodreads)

  42. 1356

    by Bernard Cornwell
    A tale of honor and courage, as a peasant's army fights to liberate France from English rule.

    Thomas of Hookton prefers to be known as le bâtard, the leader of the Hellequin, his band of mercenaries fighting in France. He and Genevieve have a son Hugh, already in training to use a yew bow. ... (Wikipedia)

  43. D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944

    by Holger Eckhertz
    First-hand accounts of German soldiers during the D-Day invasion, revealing their perspective and experiences of the historic event.

    This new paperback edition contains Book One and Book Two of this series, revealing the hidden side of D Day which has fascinated readers around the world.Almost all accounts of D Day are told from ... (Barnes & Noble)

  44. Heretic

    by Bernard Cornwell
    A gripping tale of a Saxon warrior's journey of faith and vengeance in a time of civil war.

    Heretic begins with a bloody battle outside Calais in 1347, a short time before the city fell to the English. The sympathetic Thomas of Hookton is bending every sinew at the service of his master, ... (Wikipedia)

  45. Sharpe's Enemy

    by Bernard Cornwell
    Richard Sharpe, a British soldier, must lead his men to defend against a French invasion in Portugal during the Napoleonic Wars.

    In the winter of 1812, a band of deserters from all the armies of the Peninsular War - French, British, Spanish and Portuguese - descends on the isolated hamlet of Adrados, on the Spanish-Portuguese ... (Wikipedia)

  46. Lords of the Sith

    by Paul S. Kemp
    The Emperor and Darth Vader face a rebellion on the planet Ryloth, revealing their true power and the depth of their evil.

    "It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted." Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor's chosen ... (Goodreads)

  47. Kill Decision

    by Daniel Suarez
    A thrilling techno-thriller about autonomous drones and the race to control them. Fast-paced and action-packed.

    The book opens with a video feed from predator drones in Karbala , Iraq, where it is observed that an unmarked drone with American colors fires a missile on the dense crowd during a religious ... (Wikipedia)

  48. All Out War Part 1

    by Robert Kirkman
    The Walking Dead comic book series continues with the first part of the "All Out War" storyline, as Rick and his group face off against Negan and the Saviors.

    The biggest storyline in, Walking Dead, history starts here! It's Rick versus Negan with a little help from everyone else!, Collects issues #115-120.,The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce ... (Barnes & Noble)

  49. The Making of the Atomic Bomb

    by Richard Rhodes
    Historical narrative of the scientists and engineers who developed the atomic bomb.

    Here for the first time, in rich, human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside ... (Goodreads)

  50. Under the Eagle

    by Simon Scarrow
    A gripping tale of a Roman army centurion's quest to protect his troops from a cunning enemy.

    55 BC : During the first Roman invasion of Britain , a group of legionaries lose the army's pay chest in a marsh while retreating to their ships. Harried by the British tribes, they can only mark the ... (Wikipedia)

  51. Sharpe's Company

    by Bernard Cornwell
    Richard Sharpe leads his company in the Peninsular War, facing danger and betrayal while trying to survive.

    The British Army attacks Ciudad Rodrigo, a fortress guarding the northern path into Spain. Sharpe and Harper lead an assault on the French. Unfortunately, Sharpe's commander and friend, Colonel ... (Wikipedia)

  52. The Panther

    by Nelson DeMille
    A US government operative attempts to locate a terrorist leader in the Middle East.

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen-one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they ... (Goodreads)

  53. The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

    by Rick Atkinson
    A comprehensive and gripping account of the Allies' campaign in the Mediterranean during World War II.

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Majestic... Atkinson's achievement is to marry prodigious research with a superbly organized narrative and then to overlay the whole with writing as powerful and elegant as ... (Barnes & Noble)

  54. Sassinak

    by Anne McCaffrey
    Sassinak, a former slave, becomes a space captain and seeks revenge against those who destroyed her family.

    Sassinak and her family live on a newly colonized world (called Myriad) and are celebrating the end of the production year when all the colonies goods will be exported to other worlds. But the ... (Wikipedia)

  55. March Upcountry

    by David Weber
    Epic space opera featuring military conflict and political intrigue.

    Prince Roger is ordered by his mother and older half-brother to attend a ceremony in Leviathan. Roger travels on the spaceship Charles DeGlopper with Eleanora O'Casey, Kostas Matsugae, and Captain ... (Wikipedia)

  56. Grant

    by Jean Edward Smith
    A comprehensive biography of Ulysses S. Grant, from his early life to his presidency and beyond.

    Finalist, Pulitzer Prize in Biography Ulysses S. Grant was the first four-star general in the history of the United States Army and the only president between Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson to ... (Barnes & Noble)

  57. The Hundred Days

    by Patrick O'Brian
    Captain Jack Aubrey returns to England after Napoleon's exile, but is soon sent on a mission to the Mediterranean.

    Maturin rejoins the squadron at Funchal after burying his wife, killed when her carriage overturned. Fitted out, Commodore Aubrey's squadron meets at Gibraltar with Admiral Lord Keith, who updates ... (Wikipedia)

  58. Hornblower During the Crisis

    by C.S. Forester
    Captain Hornblower navigates through political turmoil and personal challenges during the Napoleonic Wars.

    Hornblower has just finished his tour blockading Brest in command of the Royal Navy sloop Hotspur . As he travels back to England for his next assignment, he is asked to participate in the court ... (Wikipedia)

  59. An Autumn War

    by Daniel Abraham
    The third book in the Long Price Quartet series, where war breaks out between two nations and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

    , ,, Daniel Abraham delighted fantasy readers with his brilliantly original and engaging first novel, and in his second penned a tragedy as darkly personal and violent as Shakespeare's, King Lear,. ... (Goodreads)

  60. Young Miles

    by Lois McMaster Bujold
    A collection of stories featuring the adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, a young and cunning aristocrat in a futuristic world.

    The Warrior's Apprentice 1 The Mountains of Mourning 373 The Vor Game 465 Author's Afterword 829 IT ISN'T EASY, BEING VOR... Being a Vor lord on the war-torn planet Barrayar wasn't easy. Being an ... (Goodreads)

  61. Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

    by James M. McPherson
    A detailed account of Abraham Lincoln's leadership during the Civil War, exploring his growth as a military strategist and political leader.

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author reveals how Lincoln won the Civil War and invented the role of commander in chief as we know it As we celebrate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, this study by ... (Goodreads)

  62. Eisenhower in War and Peace

    by Jean Edward Smith
    Biography of Dwight Eisenhower's life, from World War II to the Cold War.

    NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY, The Christian Science Monitor • St. Louis Post-Dispatch, In his magisterial bestseller FDR, Jean Edward Smith gave us a fresh, modern look at one of the ... (Goodreads)

  63. Red Phoenix

    by Larry Bond
    A gripping military thriller set in the Korean peninsula, where a US-led coalition fights against North Korea and China.

    Violent riots formented by foreign agents are breaking out in South Korea. Seizing the opportunity, North Korea launches a lightning invasion, with heavy Soviet support, whose aim is to unite North ... (Goodreads)

  64. Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies

    by C.S. Forester
    Captain Hornblower navigates the Caribbean, battling pirates and political intrigue, while struggling with personal demons.

    Hornblower raises his flag in the schooner HMS, Crab, and pays a courtesy call at New Orleans . There, he learns of a plot by Napoleon's most loyal followers to liberate him from his exile on the ... (Wikipedia)

  65. March to the Sea

    by David Weber
    A military sci-fi novel about a group of soldiers fighting for their lives on a hostile planet.

    After the events in Marshad (at the end of the previous book) Roger and his marines manage to cross the Hadur region with little incident and begin ascending the mountains dividing the continent ... (Wikipedia)

  66. Homeworld

    by Evan Currie
    A group of humans and aliens band together to defend their home planet from a powerful enemy. Action-packed space adventure with a diverse cast of characters.

    War comes home to the Sol system when the Drasin track a human ship back to Earth, with devastating consequences. Facing massive force of invading alien ships wielding terrible power, the crew of the ... (Goodreads)

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