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George H. W. Bush: Character at the Core
Curt Smith

Potomac Books Inc., 2014

George H. W. Bush ranks among America's most distinguished men of the last century. A war hero, businessman, politician, and the forty-first president of the United States, Bush has spent most of his life dedicated to public service. Curt Smith worked with Bush for more than twenty years, including during his presidency, when Smith wrote more speeches for Bush than anyone else. Smith's exploration of Bush's service includes in-depth narratives ...
  
  











  



  
Basketball on Paper: Rules and Tools for Performance Analysis
Dean Oliver

Potomac Books Inc., 2004

Journey "inside the numbers" for an exceptional set of statistical tools and rules that can help explain the winning, or losing, ways of a basketball team. Basketball on Paper doesn’t diagram plays or explain how players get in shape, but instead demonstrates how to interpret player and team performance. Dean Oliver highlights general strategies for teams when they’re winning or losing and what aspects should be the focus in either ...
  
  











  



  
This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History - Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
T.R. Fehrenbach

Potomac Books Inc., 2001

Updated with maps, photographs, and battlefield diagrams, this special fiftieth anniversary edition of the classic history of the Korean War is a dramatic and hard-hitting account of the conflict written from the perspective of those who fought it. Partly drawn from official records, operations journals, and histories, it is based largely on the compelling personal narratives of the small-unit commanders and their troops. Unlike any other work ...
  
  











  



  
Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey
Fred Minnick

Potomac Books Inc., 2013

Without women, whiskey may not exist. In   Whiskey Women,   Wall Street Journal -bestselling author Fred Minnick tells the tales of women who have created this industry, from Mesopotamia's first beer brewers and distillers to America's rough-and-tough bootleggers during Prohibition. Women have long distilled, marketed, and owned spirits companies. These strong women built many iconic brands, including Bushmills, Laphroaig, and Maker's Mark. ...
  
  











  



  
Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying
James M. Olson

Potomac Books Inc., 2007

Revolutionary War officer Nathan Hale, one of America’s first spies, said, “Any kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary.” A statue of Hale stands outside CIA headquarters, and the agency often cites his statement as one of its guiding principles. But who decides what is necessary for the public good, and is it really true that any kind of service is permissible for the public good? These ...
  
  











  



  
Saint Woody: The History and Fanaticism of Ohio State Football
Bob Hunter

Potomac Books Inc., 2012

The Ohio State Buckeyes have been a powerhouse in college football for decades, with numerous national championships and NFL draftees to their credit. With such a successful history, it’s no wonder that the passion for Ohio State football has reached a level of devotion that has religious overtones. Saint Woody: The History and Fanaticism of Ohio State Football is a Bill Bryson–style look at Ohio State football and the spiritual ...
  
  











  



  
The Forgotten Soldier
Guy Sajer

Potomac Books Inc., 2001

This book recountsthe horror of World War II on the eastern front, as seen through the eyes of a teenaged German soldier. At first an exciting adventure, young Guy Sajer’s war becomes, as the German invasion falters in the icy vastness of the Ukraine, a simple, desperate struggle for survival against cold, hunger, and above all the terrifying Soviet artillery. As a member of the elite Gross Deutschland Division, he fought in all the great ...
  
  











  



  
Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan
Michael G. Waltz

Potomac Books Inc., 2014

Grappling with centuries-old feuds, defeating a shrewd insurgency, and navigating the sometimes paralyzing bureaucracy of the U.S. military are issues that prompt sleepless nights for both policy makers in Washington and soldiers at war, albeit for different reasons. Few, however, have dealt with these issues in the White House situation room and on the front line. Michael G. Waltz has done just that, working as a policy advisor to Vice ...
  
  











  



  
Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
Jonathan Parshall, Anthony Tully

Potomac Books Inc., 2007

Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange’s bestselling Miracle at Midway , Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement. Unlike previous accounts, Shattered Sword makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many ...
  
  











  



  
Tales from the Deadball Era: Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the Wildest Times in Baseball ...
Mark S. Halfon

Potomac Books Inc., 2014

The Deadball Era (1901–1920) is a baseball fan’s dream. Hope and despair, innocence and cynicism, and levity and hostility blended then to create an air of excitement, anticipation, and concern for all who entered the confines of a major league ballpark. Cheating for the sake of victory earned respect, corrupt ballplayers fixed games with impunity, and violence plagued the sport. Spectators stormed the field to attack players and umpires, ...
  
  











  



  
Stories from Langley: A Glimpse inside the CIA

Potomac Books Inc., 2014

Applicants to the Central Intelligence Agency often asked Edward Mickolus what they might expect in a career there. Mickolus, a former CIA intelligence officer whose duties also included recruiting and public affairs, never had a simple answer. If applicants were considering a life in the National Clandestine Service, the answer was easy. Numerous memoirs show the lives of operations officers collecting secret intelligence overseas, conducting ...
  
  











  



  
Patton's Photographs: War as He Saw It
Kevin M. Hymel

Potomac Books Inc., 2006

While researching an article on Gen. George S. Patton, Kevin M. Hymel made an astonishing discovery. Browsing the Library of Congress's Patton index, he found lists of photo albums. Opening one, he found photos Patton himself took during World War II, a gold mine of historical photographs of which even Blumenson, Patton's official biographer, was unaware. Patton photographed everything that interested him and produced tableaux of the ...
  
  











  



  
Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII
William Putney

Potomac Books Inc., 2003

As a twenty-three-year-old veterinarian, William W. Putney joined the Marine Corps at the height of World War II. He commanded the Third Dog Platoon during the battle for Guam and later served as chief veterinarian and commanding officer of the War Dog Training School, where he helped train former pets for war in the Pacific. After the war, he fought successfully to have USMC war dogs returned to their civilian owners. Always Faithful is ...
  
  











  



  
Crisis and Crossfire: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945 (Issues in the History of American ...
Peter L. Hahn

Potomac Books Inc., 2005

Although it seems almost incredible today, the United States had relatively little interest in the Middle East before 1945. But the dynamics and outcome of World War II elevated the importance of the Middle East in the American mind, and the United States has viewed the region with vital interest to its security and economy ever since. The projection of American power into the region has had consequences that have forever changed the United ...
  
  











  



  
Cyberpower and National Security (National Defense University)

Potomac Books Inc., 2009

The cyber domain is undergoing extraordinary changes that present both exceptional opportunities to and major challenges for users of cyberspace. The challenges arise from the malevolent actors who use cyberspace and the many security vulnerabilities that plague this sphere. Exploiting opportunities and overcoming challenges will require a balanced body of knowledge on the cyber domain. Cyberpower and National Security assembles a group of ...
  
  











  



  
War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare
Robert Taber

Potomac Books Inc., 2002

“The guerrilla fights the war of the flea, and his military enemy suffers the dog’s disadvantages: too much to defend; too small, ubiquitous, and agile an enemy to come to grips with.” With these words, Robert Taber began a revolution in conventional military thought that has dramatically impacted the way armed conflicts have been fought since the book’s initial publication in 1965. Whether ideological, nationalistic, or religious, all ...
  
  











  



  
Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence after 9/11
Michael Allen

Potomac Books Inc., 2013

After the September 11 attacks, the 9/11 Commission argued that the United States needed a powerful leader, a spymaster, to forge the scattered intelligence bureaucracies into a singular enterprise to vanquish America’s new enemies—stateless international terrorists. In the midst of the 2004 presidential election, Congress and the president remade the post–World War II national security infrastructure in less than five months, creating the ...
  
  











  



  
Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports
Jay M. Smith, Mary Willingham

Potomac Books Inc., 2015

In 2010 allegations of an utterly corrupted academic system for student-athletes emerged from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, home of the legendary Tar Heels. Now, however, the fallout of this scandal—and the continuing spotlight on the failings of college athletics—has made the school ground zero in the debate about how the $16 billion college sports industry operates. Written by UNC professor of history Jay Smith ...
  
  











  



  
Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft (Shapers of International History)
Allen C. Lynch

Potomac Books Inc., 2011

Since Russian leader Vladimir Putin assumed power in August 1999, speculation about his character, motives, and plans for Russia’s future has been rampant in the West. A portrait of Putin has emerged in the West that is one-dimensional, ill informed, and diametrically opposed to the image of Putin the majority of Russians hold. Even after he stepped down as president in May 2008, retaining a significant measure of power as prime minister under ...
  
  











  



  
The NFL, Year One: The 1970 Season and the Dawn of Modern Football
Brad Schultz

Potomac Books Inc., 2013

For many football fans, the National Football League season of 1970 was a landmark year in the history of the game. The NFL and the American Football League finally began playing as a merged league—one that featured such legendary figures as George Blanda, Tom Dempsey, Vince Lombardi, George Allen, Sid Gillman, Lamar Hunt, and Al Davis. The NFL, Year One focuses on several key games throughout this thrilling initial season. One saw the ...
  
  











  








   



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