America at War, from the 1800s to Afghanistan | Nonfiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 1

Borneman, Walter R. MacArthur at War: World War II in the Pacific. Little, Brown. May 2016. 608p. ISBN 9780316405324. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316405317. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316405300. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY
A best-selling author of books like The Admirals, which has over 75,000 copies in print,borneman Borneman does not offer a biography of Gen. Douglas MacArthur but instead focuses on his rise to preeminence during World War II. Though MacArthur triumphed in the Pacific, Borneman shows how much further his influence spread. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Gardner, Mark Lee. Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill. Morrow. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062312082. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062312105. HISTORY
An authority on the American West (e.g., Shot All to Hell), Gardner has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, among other TV shows. Here he paints a sharp-hued portrait of the Rough Riders, the mounted regiment mostly from America’s western territories but also including some Ivy Leaguers, all led by that true toughie, Theodore Roosevelt. Included is coverage of the African American regiments, or Buffalo Soldiers, with whom the Rough Riders fought at San Juan Hill, the decisive battle of the Spanish-American War. With a 125,000-copy first printing.

Hutton, Paul Andrew. The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History. Crown. May 2016. 544p. ISBN 9780770435813. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780770435820. HISTORY
Kept in high gear by Geronimo, determined to retain his people’s homeland, the Apache Wars swallowed up the last half of the 19th century and remain the longest conflict in U.S. history. University of New Mexico historian Hutton explains how much the violence hinged on a man named Mickey Free, half-Irish and half-Mexican, who was kidnapped by Apaches as a child and later uneasily bridged the worlds of Apache and American without being trusted by either. Among his exploits: helping to hunt down the Apache Kid, a notorious renegade scout.romesha Hutton is past president of the Western Writers of America.

Romesha, Clinton. Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor. Dutton. May 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780525955054. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698404151. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. HISTORY/AFGHAN WAR
On October 3, 2009, when the Taliban attacked U.S. Army Combat Outpost (COP) Keating in the Kamdesh Valley of Afghanistan, Romesha was a staff sergeant of Red Platoon working with the rest of the Black Knight Troop to shut down the vulnerable outpost. Here he offers what’s billed as the first account of the bloody fighting that followed, which lasted an estimated 12 to 14 hours and left eight Americans dead. Romesha, who with Staff Sgt. Ty Carter was awarded a Medal of Honor for his efforts (an honor granted only 13 U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan), offers a first-person narrative of his own experiences and a third-person account drawing on interviews with seven other soldiers.


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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.