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Britain at War Magazine Recommends Why Germany Nearly Won

on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 16:30

The June 2013 Issue of Britain at War Magazine has ) has recommended the UK edition of Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe as an item of interest for its readers. Each month the magazine's "Reconnaissance Report" singles out the latest books, DVDs, and other items that would be of interest to its readers.

For those of you who don't know Britain at War is the UK's best selling military history magazine. It is dedicated to exploring every aspect of Britain's involvement in conflicts from the turn of the 20th century through to modern day.

New Book Review Published

on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 20:24

The Michigan War Studies Review (MiWSR) has just published my latest book review. This is my second review for MiWSR (an online scholarly journal affiliated with the Michigan War Studies Group) and it is of Matthew Brzezinski's Isaac's Army: A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland.

My first review for MiWSR was of Nathan N. Prefer's The Battle for Tinian: Vital Stepping Stone in America's War Against Japan. I was able to recommend the book, and enjoyed it quite a bit. That said, and taking nothing away from Prefer's book, I found Brzezinski's work to be a tremendously

New Interview with Why Germany Nearly Won Author Steven Mercatante

on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 16:34

For those of you who don't know Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe is about to be published in the United Kingdom by Casemate. As such, Casemate recently interviewed author Steven D Mercatante regarding such topics as how he became interested in World War Two, whether he was nervous about challenging the conventional wisdom on the reasons for the outcome of the War in Europe, and more.

For instance, the interviewer asks "In contesting a widely accepted theory based upon the inevitability of Germany’s defeat, were you nervous of what the response would be

USS Kittiwake (ASR-13)

on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 00:46

The USS Kittiwake was a US Navy submarine rescue ship built during WWII, and commissioned on July 16, 1945. Decommissioned in 1994, the Kittiwake was sunk early in 2011 as an artificial reef just off the island of Grand Cayman in the Caribbean Sea.

Though not a warship - in comparison to most modern corvettes and other such vessels the Kittiwake certainly ranks as good sized.

What follows are two complete interviews done with author Steven D. Mercatante. Whether you are interested in military history, the writing process, or just like learning about how one comes to write a book then you should find both of these interviews interesting. Each can be read in its entirety here, or you can follow the provided links to read the full interviews at their respective websites.

Most recent interview done on March 11, 2013 with Casemate - Publisher of U.K. hardcover edition of Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe with text as follows and

This is the Best Book on the Subject

“Steven Mercatante in his "Why Germany Nearly Won" has outdone them all. He has placed before us an intellectual banquet. I have been reading World War II history books for fifty years. That was my father's war and I grew up surrounded by veterans from every theater. I have studied history at the graduate level, and although it was not my home department in graduate school, I have known, studied under and worked with some "name" historians.

Teachers and Readers Guide for Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe

Why Germany Nearly Won has been written not only with the reading public, military operator, veteran, and professional historian in mind; but also for college students. As such, the book is easily adaptable for inclusion in a course reading list.

For instance each of the chapter sub-headings can be assigned along with readings from other materials as entirely reasonable stand-alone assignments.

Why Germany Nearly Won in the News

on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 19:48

As most of you by now probably know, I normally don't write anything about the book in the blog. That said, I thought everybody would like to see some of the coverage it has been getting. Anyway, here are two direct links to news articles (both are really more about me and the writing process rather than the book's content):

Attorney's Book Challenges Traditional View of WWII

Book Details How Germany Came Close to Winning War

In addition, the wire services picked up the second article so that it has been reproduced around the US including The Colorado Springs Gazette, Observer and

As referenced by the Selected Bibliography found in Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe the following represents a complete listing of primary and secondary sources used in researching Why Germany Nearly Won.

This method of presenting the bibliographic information found in Why Germany Nearly Won was chosen by the author for two reasons. One, as a result of the space limitations imposed by the publisher.

From the Preface:

Conventional wisdom explains German defeat during World War II as almost inevitable primarily for brute-force economic or military reasons created when Germany attacked the Soviet Union and entered into a two-front war. This book challenges that conventional wisdom via three interrelated arguments. First, qualitative differences between the combatants proved more important in determining the war’s outcome than have the quantitative measures so commonly discussed in the past.