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  • 1001 Aviation Facts, Paperback
    In any specialized subject, detailed trivia (technical, or otherwise) is sought and prized by enthusiasts worldwide. Interesting but little-known facts have been part of aviation lore since that industry first began in the early 1900s, and today's digital aircraft are no different when it comes to t..
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  • 21st Century Corbett: Maritime Strategy and Naval Policy for the Modern Era, Paperback
    21st Century Corbett is a collection of essays demonstrating the critical role Sir Julian Corbett played in the development of maritime strategy and sea power theory in the early twentieth century. His close connections with Mahan and Sims helped reinforce the trans-Atlantic axis of education and th..
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  • 50 Years of the U-2: The Complete Illustrated History of Lockheed's Legendary ``Dragon Lady``, Hardcover
    When the U-2 first took off in 1955, no one involved in its top-secret project dreamt that this unique reconnaissance aircraft would still be flying today. The long story of the Dragon Lady is amazing, and complex; this book tells it all, in unprecedented detail, from the early days overflying the S..
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  • A Complete History of U.S. Combat Aircraft Fly-Off Competitions: Winners, Losers, and What Might Have Been, Hardcover
    Since the first days of rivalry between the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss, aircraft manufacturers have been vying for lucrative military aircraft contracts and competing for prized long-term production runs. As a result, many advanced and now legendary aircraft have been designed, built, and flo..
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  • A Sailor's History of the U.S. Navy, Hardcover
    Today's sailors have too little appreciation of their heritage. To counter this problem, Thomas J. Cutler has compiled a history of our naval heritage in the form of A Sailor's History of the U.S. Navy. The work is unique in two important ways. First, it is written thematically rather than chronolog..
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  • Air Commanders, Paperback
    Air Commanders combines short military biographies and operational analyses to reveal how the personalities, attitudes, and life experiences of twelve outstanding U.S. airmen shaped the central air campaigns in American history. From Gen. Carl -Tooey- Spaatz, who began his career in World War I, to ..
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  • Airpower Reborn: The Strategic Concepts of John Warden and John Boyd, Hardcover
    Airpower Reborn offers a conceptual approach to warfare that emphasizes airpower�s unique capability to achieve strategic effects. Six world-leading theorists argue that a viable strategy must transcend the purely military sphere, view the adversary as a multi-dimensional system, and pursue systemic..
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  • Allied Jet Killers of World War 2, Paperback
    Allied fighter pilots began encountering German jets--principally the outstanding Me 262 fighter--from the autumn of 1944. Stunned by the aircraft's speed and rate of climb, it took USAAF and RAF units time to work out how to combat this deadly threat as the Luftwaffe targeted the medium and heavy b..
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  • American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms, Paperback
    Drawing on his legendary firearms knowledge and combat experience, U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper Chris Kyle dramatically chronicles the story of America--from the Revolution to the present--through the lens of ten iconic guns and the remarkable heroes who used them to s..
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  • Anatomy of Failure: Why America Loses Every War It Starts, Hardcover
    �This book should be read by all practitioners and serious students of national security as the guide for avoiding failures and miscalculations in using American military power.� �Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989�1993) and 65th Secretary of StateAnatomy o..
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  • B-29 Superfortress Units of the Korean War, Paperback
    This book is the story of a majestic bomber of the propeller era flying perilous combat missions against a sleek, nimble warplane of the jet age, the Soviet MiG-15. A very heavy bomber and a sky giant during World War II, at that time the B-29 was the most advanced combat aircraft in the world. By t..
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  • Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, Paperback
    American military bases encircle the globe. More than two decades after the end of the Cold War, the United States still stations its troops at nearly a thousand locations in foreign lands. These bases are usually taken for granted or overlooked entirely, a little-noticed part of the Pentagon's vast..
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  • Bell 47/H-13 Sioux Helicopter: Military and Civilian Use, 1946 to the Present, Hardcover
    Famously pictured in the opening credits of the popular television series M.A.S.H., Bell's Model 47 helicopter was the first helicopter certified for civilian use in March 1946 and went on to serve a wide variety of military and civilian applications. With its signature bubble canopy, the Model 47, ..
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  • Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism, Paperback
    In 2014, a resurgent and bellicose Russia took over Crimea and fueled a civil war in Eastern Ukraine; post-Saddam Iraq lost a third of its territory to an army of hyper-violent millennialists; and the peace process in Israel seemed to completely collapse. In short, the post-Cold War security order t..
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  • Bombing the Marshall Islands: A Cold War Tragedy, Paperback
    During the Cold War, the United States conducted atmospheric tests of nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific. The total explosive yield of these tests was 108 megatons, equivalent to the detonation of one Hiroshima bomb per day over nineteen years. These tests, particularly Castle Br..
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  • British Secret Projects 1: Jet Fighters Since 1950, Hardcover
    The original version of this book described the development work from the end of WWII to build the new generation of British jet fighters, in doing so it lifted the lid on many projects and 'dead-ends' which had never been publically discussed. This was the book that launched the hugely successful '..
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  • C-130 Hercules: A History, Hardcover
    Designed in response to a 1951 requirement, the C-130 Hercules is the most successful military airlifter ever built. Since it first flew in prototype form on 23 August 1954, more than 2,100 have been produced in over eighty different versions. Across its variants, the Hercules serves more than sixty..
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  • China as a Polar Great Power, Paperback
    China has emerged as a member of the elite club of nations who are powerful at both global poles. Polar states are global giants, strong in military, scientific, and economic terms. The concept of a polar great power is relatively unknown in international relations studies; yet China, a rising power..
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  • Consolidated Vultee XB-46, Paperback
    The Consolidated Vultee (Convair) XB-46 was a four-jet medium bomber built to a 1944 USAAF requirement. It was the largest of the four different bombers built to this requirement. The other three were the North American XB-45, the Boeing XB-47 and the Martin XB-48. The winner of the competition was ..
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  • Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, Paperback
    Some have claimed that ``War is too important to be left to the generals,`` but P. W. Singer asks ``What about the business executives?`` Breaking out of the guns-for-hire mold of traditional mercenaries, corporations now sell skills and services that until recently only state militaries possessed. ..
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  • Corsair Aces of World War 2, Paperback
    The speed with which the Corsair was rushed into service as a land-based fighter obliged the pilots to learn on the job. The aircraft soon proved to be superior to the Japanese Zero and played a major part in the destruction of Japan's elite air forces in the South Pacific. Later, in an effort to co..
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  • Crashback: The Power Clash Between the U.S. and China in the Pacific, Hardcover
    An alarming message from an award-winning journalist with unprecedented access to the highest naval officers in America and China and their ships and weapons, this is a chilling look at the ``warm war`` over control of the South China Sea--one that is threatening to flare into full-scale conflict. O..
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  • Fallen Giants: The Combat Debut of the T-35A Tank, Paperback
    The Soviet T-35A is the only five-turreted tank in history to enter production. With a long and proud service history on Soviet parade grounds, the T-35A was forced to adapt to the modern battlefield when the Second World War broke out. Outclassed and outdated, the T-35A tried to hold its own agains..
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  • Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims on War, Peace, and Strategy, Paperback
    Colin Gray presents an inventive treatise on the nature of strategy, war, and peace, organized around forty maxims. This collection of mini essays will forearm politicians, soldiers, and the attentive general public against many--probably most-- fallacies that abound in contemporary debates about wa..
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  • Gambling and War: Risk, Reward, and Chance in International Conflict, Hardcover
    In 1914, as Germany mobilized for war, Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg remarked to the country�s legislators, �If the iron dice must roll, then God help us.� War has often been compared to a game of dice or a lottery. But just as frequently, war has been compared to a game of pure strategy ..
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  • Gun: A Visual History, Paperback
    From rifles to sniper guns, machine guns to grenade launchers, Gun: A Visual History is a fully loaded guide to over 300 of the most important guns from the last 700 years. Perfect for anyone interested in firearms, Gun: A Visual History has revealing features on twenty 'key' guns from history, incl..
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  • Helicopter Gunships: Deadly Combat Weapon Systems, Hardcover
    U.S. Army aviators pioneered the first helicopter gun platforms in the early 1950s. Today, helicopter gunships are the most unique element of rotary-wing aviation, redefining the term ``close air support.`` As the ultimate development of the military helicopter, these largely U. S.-designed-and-buil..
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  • Hellfire Boys: The Birth of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service and the Race for the World's Deadliest Weapons, Hardcover
    ``A terrifying piece of history that almost no one knows.`` - Hampton Sides In 1915, when German forces executed the first successful gas attack of World War I, the world watched in horror as the boundaries of warfare were forever changed. Cries of barbarianism rang throughout Europe, yet Allied na..
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  • Hybrid Warfare: Fighting Complex Opponents from the Ancient World to the Present, Paperback
    Hybrid warfare has been an integral part of the historical landscape since the ancient world, but only recently have analysts incorrectly categorized these conflicts as unique. Great powers throughout history have confronted opponents who used a combination of regular and irregular forces to negate ..
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  • Incidents at Sea: American Confrontation and Cooperation with Russia and China, 1945-2016, Hardcover
    Drawing on extensive State Department files, declassified Navy policy papers, interviews with both former top officials and individuals who were involved in incidents, David F. Winkler examines the evolution of the U.S.-Soviet naval relationship during the Cold War, focusing in particular on the 197..
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  • India, Pakistan, and the Bomb: Debating Nuclear Stability in South Asia, Paperback
    In May 1998, India and Pakistan put to rest years of speculation as to whether they possessed nuclear technology and openly tested their weapons. Some believed nuclearization would stabilize South Asia; others prophesized disaster. Authors of two of the most comprehensive books on South Asia's new n..
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  • Invisible: Surviving the Cambodian Genocide: The Memoirs of Mac and Simone Leng, Paperback
    ``The challenge was not just to survive, but to survive without losing our humanity.`` Mac and Simone Leng The Cambodian Genocide claimed the lives of an estimated two million people - more than one-fourth of the total Cambodian population. Under the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot..
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  • Italian Small Arms of the First and Second World Wars, Hardcover
    This is the first comprehensive work, in either English or Italian, to address Italian small arms used during World War I and World War II. It describes each weapon and covers the developmental history and use of all Italian designed and produced pistols, rifles, submachine guns and machine guns use..
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  • Kings of the Sea: Charles II, James II and the Royal Navy, Hardcover
    It is widely accepted that the Stuart kings, Charles II and James II, had an interest in the navy and the sea. Nonetheless, the major naval developments during their reigns--developments that effectively turned the Royal Navy into a permanent, professional fighting force--have traditionally been att..
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  • Legacy Hornets: Boeing's F/A-18 A-D Hornets of the USN and USMC, Hardcover
    This book is a concise, illustrated history of the US Navy and Marine Corps' most versatile jet strike fighter, the Boeing F/A-18 A-D Legacy Hornet. Presenting an historical perspective of the Legacy Hornet from its origins through today's use in the fleet, this edition explores the aircraft's vario..
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  • Lockheed F-94 Starfire, Paperback
    The Lockheed F-94 Starfire was developed from the Lockheed TF-80C/T-33 two seat trainer version of the famed P/F-80 Shooting Star. It was redesigned around a afterburning engine and a Hughes nose mounted radar system to become a interim all-weather night fighter until replaced by Northrop F-89s and ..
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  • Long Journeys Home: American Veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, Hardcover
    In the modern history of American veterans, it is sometimes difficult to separate myth from fact. The men and women who served in World War II are routinely praised as heroes; the ``Greatest Generation,`` after all, triumphed over fascism and successfully reentered postwar society. Veterans of the V..
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  • Mahan on Naval Warfare, Paperback
    Naval historians and maritime students alike will welcome this fascinating compendium of writings by one of the world's most influential and respected experts on naval warfare. Considered by many the greatest of all naval theorists, Admiral Mahan was revered by his contemporaries (including Kaiser W..
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  • Martin P5m Marlin Patrol Seaplane, Paperback
    The lineage of Martin and the flying boat can be traced back to the PBM-4 of 1941, the Navy's last flying boat and the end of a long era of seaplanes. This book covers the complete history of the Martin P5M Marlin aircraft development, construction, systems, squadron, interior, exterior weapons, and..
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  • Mikoyan MIG-19: Famous Russian Aircraft, Hardcover
    Created by the famous Mikoyan Design Bureau in the early 1950s, the MiG-19 fighter was the Soviet Union's first true supersonic fighter that could exceed Mach 1 in level flight. The baseline version with conventional elevators (known to the West as Farmer-A) achieved initial operational capability w..
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  • Neglected Skies: The Demise of British Naval Power in the Far East, 1922-42, Hardcover
    Neglected Skies uses a reconsideration of the clash between the British Eastern Fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy�s First Air Fleet in the Indian Ocean in April 1942 to draw a larger conclusion about declining British military power in the era. In this book, Angus Britts explores the end of Briti..
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  • Northrop YF-23 ATF, Paperback
    Author Paul Metz, Chief Test Pilot for the Northrop YF-23 ATF stealth fighter program, provides a detailed look at the YF-23's construction, flight test program, engines, and performance specs. While the competing Lockheed YF-22 was eventually chosen by the USAF, the YF-23 ATF proved to be a very ca..
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  • Nuclear Politics: The Strategic Causes of Proliferation, Paperback
    When do states acquire nuclear weapons? Overturning a decade of scholarship focusing on other factors, Debs and Monteiro show in Nuclear Politics that proliferation is driven by security concerns. Proliferation occurs only when a state has both the willingness and opportunity to build the bomb. A st..
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  • Pirates: The Complete History from 1300 BC to the Present Day, Paperback
    Angus Konstam sets sail through the brutal history of piracy, separating myth from legend and fact from fiction. Pirates takes us into the depths of the pirate's dark world, examining the many colorful characters from Cretans and Vikings to French corsairs and the British rogues of the golden age of..
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  • Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy, Hardcover
    The United States, Barry R. Posen argues in Restraint, has grown incapable of moderating its ambitions in international politics. Since the collapse of Soviet power, it has pursued a grand strategy that he calls ``liberal hegemony,`` one that Posen sees as unnecessary, counterproductive, costly, and..
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  • Russian Tactical Aviation: Since 2001, Hardcover
    The Tactical Aviation branch (FA-Frontovaya aviatsiya) has always occupied an important place in the structure of the Soviet, and subsequently Russian, Air Force. In the 20-odd post-Soviet years the Russian Air Force has been repeatedly reformed and in the course of the reforms the importance of Tac..
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  • Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon: The Untold Story of the USS Scorpion, Paperback
    One Navy admiral called it ``one of the greatest unsolved sea mysteries of our era.`` The U.S. Navy officially describes it an inexplicable accident. For decades, the real story of the disaster eluded journalists, historians, and the family members of the lost crew. But a small handful of Navy and g..
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  • Shady Lady: 1,500 Hours Flying the U-2 Spy Plane, Hardcover
    At the very edge of the atmosphere, invisible against the deep indigo sky, lurks a spy plane so sophisticated that it replaced the SR-71 Blackbird some 30 years ago. Its flat black shark-like skin deflects and absorbs all but the most advanced radars, leaving it to roam undetected while silently gat..
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