The Best Books About Military History And True Stories Of Survival

The Books I Picked & Why

Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military

By Bryan Mark Rigg

Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military

Why this book?

Bryan has been a long-time friend and an academic colleague. His research unearthed material that was virtually unknown. The Holocaust could never be studied and presented in the same way after his book was published, and I had a small part in his research.


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Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

By Ed Rasimus, Christina Olds, Robin Olds

Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

Why this book?

I knew and interviewed General Robin Olds (he is in my next book out June 8th, 2021), and his daughter Christina. His story is a wonderful addition to the history of American airpower, leadership, and the character of a great man who defied the odds, and even his superiors rather than back down from what he knew was right.


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Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler

By Bruce Henderson

Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler

Why this book?

Sons and soldiers is a remarkable book not so much due to the content, which is amazing in and of itself; it is remarkable due to the secrecy surrounding their selection, training, and operations decades after the war was over. These men each have their own tragic tales, which are offset by their bravery and dedication to serving their adopted country to the best of their abilities.


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Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice

By Adam Makos

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice

Why this book?

The true story of two men (one I knew), a son of a poor Mississippi sharecropper Jessie Brown and Thomas Hudner. Brown was the Navy’s first black pilot, and Hudner was a Medal of Honor recipient in his squadron who tried to rescue him when he was shot down at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea.


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A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

By Adam Makos, Larry Alexander

A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

Why this book?

The true story of two men, one man I knew, who flew with Hans-Joachim Marseille in North Africa. Luftwaffe fighter ace Franz Stigler encountered the battered B-17 of 1st Lt. Charles Brown. Instead of shooting the aircraft down, he took pity on them and escorted them to the English Channel, saving several lives. The two men met 40 years later and become best friends.


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