Coming in June 2012
September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far
At the end of August 1944, the Allied world was filled with hope. The Allies had just experienced what was, for them, the greatest month of the war. In the Pacific, the Americans had just taken the Mariana Islands and the Japanese were in full retreat everywhere. In Europe, Soviet armies had annihilated more than twenty German divisions and had pushed the hated enemy from Russia. Indeed, Soviet forces were deep inside Poland, at the edge of Warsaw. In the West, General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s burgeoning armies had liberated Paris, along with the rest of France. Flushed with victory and the possibility of an imminent end to the war, British, Canadian and American armored columns plunged into Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Rumors swirled that the war would end any day now and that everyone would be home for Christmas. The Germans were in disarray, overwhelmed on all fronts, losing soldiers by the thousands, even as Allied bombers pulverized their cities. For the Third Reich it seemed the end was near. At least that was the hope. Then came September and Holland.
Eisenhower wanted to invade Germany on a broad front but, by September, his supply situation was so perilous that he could only make a major effort on one part of his front. He now made a momentous decision that decided the future course of the war. Spurred on by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, he chose to launch a major attack in Holland. Together they unleashed Operation Market-Garden, an ambitious airborne and armored operation designed to knife through Holland, capture key bridges and invade Germany from the north. The ultimate goal (or hope) was to dash east to Berlin and end the war by the time the leaves began to fall. This is the story of that tragic battle, told from the perspective of those Americans who experienced it. SEPTEMBER HOPE is a World War II epic, carrying on in the tradition of A BRIDGE TOO FAR.
Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq
For centuries of warfare—regardless of culture, creed, or country— there has always been one group of warriors continually in the thick of battle who often are the most unsung: the infantry.
Now, in an era of unmanned drone aircraft, renowned military historian John C. McManus brings us GRUNTS: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq (NAL Caliber Hardcover Original; August 3, 2010; 978-0451227904; $25.95), showing how instrumental “foot soldiers” are to victory. In this accessible account of the American infantry experience, McManus urgently conveys the infantryman’s importance in winning wars to this day.
Chronologically covering the past six decades of warfare, McManus examines ten critical battles: from World War II, to Vietnam, to the Gulf War, up to today’s war in Iraq. As the author points out, in nearly every case in recent history it is the ground soldiers, the “grunts,” who prove to be the difference between victory and defeat. Based on years of research and interviews with veterans, GRUNTS is a fascinating blend of narrative and analysis, as well as a thought-provoking call for support for the American infantryman from one of the best-respected American military historians writing today, John C. McManus.
American Courage, American Carnage
Only one U.S. Army regiment, the 7th Infantry, has served in every war from 1812 through the present day. In The 7th Infantry Regiment: Combat in an Age of Terror, heralded military historian John C. McManus told the dramatic story of the 7th Infantry Regiment's modern combat experiences, from Korea through Iraq. Now, in this compelling prequel, McManus relates the rest of the 7th's amazing, and previously untold, story from the Battle of New Orleans through the end of World War II. No American unit has earned more battle streamers and few can boast more Medal of Honor winners. In the months leading up to the War of 1812, Congress authorized the creation of this regiment. It fought with distinction at the Battle of New Orleans, anchoring General Andrew Jackson's main defensive line, forever earning the nickname "Cottonbalers" because the soldiers of the 7th were said to have battled the British from behind large rows of cotton bales. From now on, whenever Americans went to war, the Cottonbalers would always find themselves in the center of the action, where the danger was greatest. Between these covers is the whole story, told through the eyes of the soldiers--the realities of combat expressed in raw human terms.
American Courage, American Carnage is an inside look at the drama, tragedy, fatigue and pathos of war, from America's early nineteenth century struggles as a fledgling republic to its emergence as a superpower in the twentieth. Based on nearly a decade of archival research, battlefield visits, interviews, and intensive study, and illustrated with copious maps and photographs, this book is a moving, authoritative, tale of Americans in combat.
The 7th Infantry Regiment: Combat in an Age of Terror, the Korean War through the Present (Release Date: May 13, 2008)
"Everyone's heard of the 7th Cavalry, but our 7th Infantry Regiment has even more battle streamers on its flag and a more impressive record of victories. John C. McManus has paid the Cottonbalers (the nickname recalls their valor at the Battle of New Orleans) a worthy and overdue tribute in this superb chronicle of battalion-by-battalion heroism from Korea to Iraq. Grab this book--and buy a copy for a soldier you know!" Ralph Peters, LTC (USA, Ret.), Author of "Wars of Blood and Faith"
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John C. McManus is an award-winning professor, author, and military historian. He is a leading expert on the history of modern American soldiers in combat and has written numerous books on the subject.
He is an associate professor of U.S. military history at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He was recently named to the History News Network's prestigious list of Top Young Historians.
A veteran of many battlefield tours, he has traveled thousands of miles to give lectures on military history, and research the realities of combat for American soldiers.
In the summer of 2007, McManus traveled to Montana to retrace
the steps of the 7th Infantry in the Battles of Little Bighorn and
Big Hole. He discovered some fascinating new information, in the archival libraries, and on the battlefields themselves. You can read more about this in his forthcoming book 'American Courage, American Carnage: The 7th Infantry's Combat Experience,
1812 through World War II' (TOR-Forge, 2009)