Top 10 Books on United States Military History

 

From the American War of Independence to the on-going war at Syria, United States is among the top warmongering countries of the world. Sometimes it was for a better future, and sometimes it was to pay for past mistakes.

However, all these years of military history have contributed to a number of literary creations, both fictional and non-fictional.

 

1776

1776 is the story of American Independence from the British Empire and how the country marched along the commander-in-chief and later a founding father and president George Washington.

Read it For:
The intricacies of the American Revolution led by Washington and other members of the Continental Army, irrespective of their ranks or positions in vivid details.
Don't Read it For:
The book relies a little too much on citations than original work in places.
What makes this book stand out?:
It depicts perfectly how a group of farmers, planters, sellers and makers got together to defeat the mighty British Empire and how quintessential their success was to the history of America as well as the world.

The Forever War

The Forever War is a compilation of reportage from the frontlines of the Afghanistan and Iraq War of 2000-2001 and a first-hand account of the author on its atrocities.

Read it For:
To understand perfectly what these wars bring to the table, and how quite often it is not a consequent peace or solution, but piling bodies and ruined childhoods.
Don't Read it For:
Staying true to its nature, the book can get to graphically disturbing even with words.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being not as much about the war, but the different perspectives of those involved on both sides.

Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down is the true story of how a group of American soldiers fought Somali militiamen at the Battle of Mogadishu trying to carry out their mission of abducting a murderous Somali warlord and save their fellow fighters.

Read it For:
It is one of the most popular books on United States military history, especially among everything written on modern warfare.
Don't Read it For:
Like most war books, it can get too violent to read at times.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being based on the real accounts of the surviving marines and their mates from the war when the US armed forces denied access to information. It also sheds light on the US military in a new way, showing their efficiency and comradeship more than brutality.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

This is the story of young Marine lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades who fight out the North Vietnamese rebels as well as mud, rain, leeches, and diseases in the lowlands and jungles of the tragic Vietnam War.

Read it For:
It talks about not only the fearsome obstacles of the war but also about the inherent ones like racism, corruption, and ruthless competition; and yet how mutual support and camaraderie come out victorious amidst all.
Don't Read it For:
There are hardly any cons of reading this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author is a veteran of Vietnam War and wrote this first-hand experience over 35 years.
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Flyboys: A True Story of Courage

Flyboys is among the best books on United States military history. It tells the story of the shooting, capture, and torture of nine American pilots over the Pacific by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Only one of the nine was rescued, who later went on to become the president – a 20-year-old George W. Bush.

Read it For:
Even though the full details of the files are kept confidential, Bradley does a perfect collage work on incidents to bring out the truth of the incidents
Don't Read it For:
Narratives of the torture are too violent, staying true to its original nature.
What makes this book stand out?:
Bringing to light one of the lesser-known but equally horrific incidents of World War II.

Flags of our fathers

Following up on his previous book Flyboys, this book continues to the hard-earned, unforgettable victory and the stories of the six men who became legends after the flag hoisting picture clicked at Iwo Jima. One of them was the author’s father.

Read it For:
very few writers depict the American warfare in Japan during the World War II as well as James Bradley, and this book should be among top 10 books on united states military history.
Don't Read it For:
The book has a more personal touch than an all-encompassing patriotic one. So avoid reading this if that is unacceptable to you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The photograph of Iwo Jima became simultaneous to the indomitable American strength, more willpower than physical, and the book depicts it the very best.

The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

The Outpost is the true story of the attack on Outpost Keating in Afghanistan by 400 Taliban extremist militants.

Read it For:
To know how the American troops, even though outmanned, prevailed at the end of the war – an incident which was later investigated by Pentagon and concluded as an unfortunate outcome of a series of bad decisions.
Don't Read it For:
It might not be exactly what you are searching for if you are looking into the Afghanistan war.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is not only among the bestselling books on United States military history but also one of the best examples of investigative journalism on warfare.

Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

This book is a comprehensive and probably the best account of the battle of Antietam Creek, Maryland where the Civil War first broke out.

Read it For:
Everyone knows the political aspects of the Civil War and its consequences, but the first blood of the battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties that few talk about.
Don't Read it For:
Hardly any criticism can be made about this thoroughly enjoyable book.
What makes this book stand out?:
Giving the primary military context of the most significant conflict in American history.

Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I

Yanks is the story of the origin of the mighty American army as we know today which mobilized from 200,000 moderately trained soldiers to 2 million specialists during the war to fight side by side with British and French forces

Read it For:
It sheds light on how America refused to fill in gaps and fought the Central Powers at the front line.
Don't Read it For:
It does not concentrate on the other political or social aspects of the war, but only on the storyline of the American Expeditionary Forces.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book, written by a war veteran and military historian, who is also the son of President Eisenhower.

Syria, the United States, and the War on Terror in the Middle East

The book, by title name, covers the story of US-Syria collision in the middle-east, against the backdrop of terrorism, bombings and on-going world issue of violence and the refugee

Read it For:
It is a must-read to get a clear idea of the war which is clearly one of the most burning world issues at present.
Don't Read it For:
Hardly any reason not to, unless modern warfare is not your genre.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being a well-knit analysis of contemporary political and military situations and relations, it stands as one of the popular books on United States military history.

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