Five War Memoirs and Histories that Would Make Great Christmas Gifts

Posted: Nov 29, 2018 12:05 PM
Five War Memoirs and Histories that Would Make Great Christmas Gifts

In the last couple of years, Regnery Publishing has uncovered some incredible stories of American heroes – soldiers, pilots, and civilians who overcame fear, confronted evil, and saved lives. This Christmas, give the gift of an unforgettable war story with one of these new releases:


By Carole Engle Avriett and Captain George W. Starks

In 1944, a nineteen-year-old American named George Starks parachuted out of his plummeting B-17 plane over Nazi-occupied France. Scared and alone, with no understanding of the French or German language, Starks set out across enemy territory towards Switzerland. In this suspenseful and inspirational memoir cowritten with author Carole Avriett, Starks retells the story of his treacherous journey, which brought him face-to-face with Nazi soldiers—and, by the grace of God, to a group of heroic French villagers who defied death to help Starks escape.

      - Watch George Starks on YouTube
      - Read the Publisher's Weekly Review

By Major Scott Huesing

When the Marines of Echo Company arrived in Ramadi, Iraq at the height of the Surge, they knew they were walking into chaos. But what they found was worse than they'd imagined: a war with no rules, no battle lines, and no sign of relent in the dense city streets of Iraq's deadliest city. Echo's Commander, young Scott Huesing, was responsible for keeping his men safe through this daily hell—and when Marines were shot or blown up, it was Scott's responsibility to call their families back home. Now, in his gripping modern war memoir, Scott Huesing transports readers back to the streets of Ramadi—to days of destruction, desperation, courage, and brotherhood.

      - Watch Scott Huesing on Fox News
      - Read the Military Times' Recommendation

By Don Brown and Captain Jerry Yellin

In 1945, Captain Jerry Yellin and a small group of fellow fighter pilots were flying dangerous bombing and strafe missions out of Iwo Jima in Japan. By August, after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan was expected to surrender—but each morning, the pilots awoke to the news that no surrender had come. And so, on the morning of August 14th, the pilots set out on one more dangerous mission... a mission that would prove deadly for some of the young men... a mission that ended up being the final combat mission of World War II. This is Yellin's first-hand account of that fateful mission.

      - Watch Captain Jerry Yellin on YouTube
      - Read the New York Post article

By Robin Hutton

Meet the forgotten members of the Greatest Generation: the war animals who guarded American coasts against submarine attack, dug out Londoners trapped in bomb wreckage, and carried vital messages under heavy fire on Pacific islands during World War II. They kept up morale, rushed machine gun nests, and even sacrificed themselves picking up live grenades. This engaging read from bestselling author Robin Hutton (Sgt. Reckless) introduces readers to heroes like Judy the POW dog and G.I. Joe the live-saving pigeon.  

      - Read the excerpt in Time Magazine
      - Listen to the World War II podcast episode


Samuel W. Mitcham

It was one of the bloodiest sieges of the Civil War—a siege that drove men, women, and children to seek shelter in caves underground; where shortages of food drove people to eat mules, rats, even pets; where the fighting between armies was almost as nothing to the privations suffered by civilians who were under constant artillery bombardment—every pane of glass in Vicksburg was broken. Now author Samuel Mitcham (Bust Hell Wide Open) revisits the siege and brings forth extraordinary tales of suffering and courage.

      - Read the Wall Street Journal review
      - Read the Daily Caller review