Honoring Veterans by Learning from the Past

This weekend, many patriotic assemblies and commemorations are being held in honor of our nation’s veterans, as Friday marked Veterans’ Day in the United States.   One way in which we can honor those who have served and those currently serving in our nation’s military is to educate ourselves by reading military history through the ages.  Your local library offers an extensive military history collection for your perusal.

 Selected titles from the thousands of works available to you in the Library collection include:

America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History (Bacevich)


The Hidden History of America at War:  Untold Tales from Yorktown to Fallujah (Davis)

Weapons and Vehicles of World War I (Summers)

Zero Footprint:  The True Story of a Private Military Contractor’s Covert Assignments in Syria, Libya, and the World’s Most Dangerous Places (Chase)

Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior (Herman)

In the Shadows of Victory:  America’s Forgotten Military Leaders, 1776-1876 (Phillips)

Revolution on the Hudson:  New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence (Daughan)

Betrayal at Little Gibraltar:  a German Fortress, a Treacherous American General, and the Battle to End World War I (Walker)

The Rivers Ran Backward:  the Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border (Phillips)

Quartermaster:  Montgomery C. Meigs: Lincoln’s General, Master Builder of the Union Army (O’Harrow)



On December 7, 2016, our nation will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.   Bossard Library offers the following new publications to mark this special anniversary in world history:

Indestructible (Bruning):  WWII story introducing a renegade pilot with a personal mission to rescue his family from a POW camp

Countdown to Pearl Harbor (Twomey): Provides details on the twelve days leading up to the attack

Pearl Harbor:  From Infamy to Greatness (Nelson):  Reexamination of evidence assembled by federal investigators

All the Gallant Men (Stratton):  Only memoir written by a survivor of the USS Arizona

A Matter of Honor (Summers & Swan):  Examines the life of the admiral in command the day 2,000 Americans perished


This month, I encourage readers to take time to honor our veterans by reading these and other interesting books on key events and important figures in military history.    "Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." - Abigail Adams to John Quincy Adams, May 10, 1780.