The Iliad and The Normandy Invasion

At first I thought that someone had made a mistake with the cover of this translation of the Iliad. But then I realized just how brilliant it is.

A History of Warfare By John Keegan

It’s an ambitious title, but military historian John Keegan is up to the task. In A History of Warfare, Keegan analyzes the role of warfare in society, and the progression of war through four “ages” which he characterizes as “stone, flesh, iron and fire.” Most interesting is that Keegan refutes von Clausewitz’s contention in “On War” that war is simply an extension of national policy. While this is not a book about any particular war or battle, the thoughtful wargamer will find this interesting for the ideas and questions it poses.

A History of Warfare

Stillwell and the American Experience In China by Barbara Tuchman

Historian Barbara Tuchman won her second Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for Stillwell and The American Experience In China My copy is a first edition hardback, but this great book fortunately is still available in paperback. Using “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell as the catalyst, Tuchman examines thirty years of US policy in China: from the end fo the Manchu Dynasty to Mao Tse-Tung. The book offers insight to a number of military operations, from the Chinese Warlords of the 1920s to the Pacific War of the 1940s. If the movie “The Sand Pebbles” has ever caught your imagination, this book is sure to do the same.

Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45

PulpGen Pulp Stories Online Resource

“Pulp” adventure is one of the biggest current themes in miniature wargaming. Here’s a site with a selection of classic pulp stories for you to read online.