Book Essays

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library encourages discovery through reading. These book essays provide perspectives on titles that focus on military history, military affairs and national security. Essays are contributed by scholars, educators and experts in their field with the intent to provide a deeper dive into the material and provider readers with additional context. 

Book Essays
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Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture

Erin Solaro provides an essay on this biography of Catherine Dior, reticent sister of the famous couturier Christian, a seamless weave of couture and war, money and the human spirit, the demands of memory and the share oblivion requires.

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Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause

Dr. Matthew S. Muehlbauer provides a historian's take on the unmasking of General Robert E. Lee. The work is an engaging and prescient combination of memoir, history, cultural analysis, and moral outrage. 

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Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare

Dr. Matthew S. Muehlbauer shares a perspective of how the development weaponry has changed from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. This volume work also considers the broader consequences of weapons development upon the evolving system of Western states, particularly with respect to financing and the increasing centralization of power over time.