- Dennis Showalter, Challenges High Command and at the Sharp End: A Look at the Human Aspects of the Battle of the Bulge
- Gerhard Weinberg, The Ardennes Decision: Why Hitler Went West Vs. East
- Sir Hew Strachan, The First Last Stand: The Spring Offensives Of 1918
- Paul Scharre, Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War
- William Trimble: Admiral John S. McCain
- Jim Dubik: Just War Reconsidered
- Tom Hone, The Battle of Midway: The Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navy's Greatest Victory
- Benjamin Runkle: Generals in the Making
- Major General Brian E. Winski: Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) & Fort Campbell
- Paula Thornhill: Demystifying the Modern Military
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Craig L. Symonds: The Battle of Midway
At 10:00 a.m. on June 4, 1942, the Axis powers were winning the Second World War. One hour later, they were not.
Craig L. Symonds argues that the Battle of Midway was the war's tipping point; though more than three years of savage conflict lay ahead, the Imperial Japanese Navy would never again launch a strategic offensive, and the Nazis were soon to meet stalemate at Stalingrad.
But Symonds also argues against the historical view that America's victory at Midway was some manner of miracle or mostly a matter of good luck. Instead, he counters, it should be seen as the natural, expected outcome of the superior tactics of Adm. Chester A. Nimitz, the ingenuity of Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Rochefort and his team of code breakers, and the skill of long-overlooked battle commanders such as Rear Adm. Frank Jack Fletcher.
Craig L. Symonds is Professor of History Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy. He is the author of many books on American naval history, including Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles That Shaped American History as well as Lincoln and His Admirals, co-winner of the Lincoln Prize in 2009.