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Service for the Dead, Anderson, Robert A.
1 Anderson, Robert A. Service for the Dead
New York Arbor House 1986 0877958122 / 9780877958123 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dust jacket 
Illustrated by Wachtenheim, Dorothy & Zacharow, Christopher [cover]

Very slight shelfwear. A bright, tight, attractive copy.

"On his way home from Vietnam after having been wounded, and newly immersed in a civilian reality that seems trivial, Marine Pfc. Mike Allison tries to make sense of his Vietnam nightmare. In the back seat of his parents' car he drifts in and out of memories of the war: the terror of random death; endless patrols; the booby-trapped landscape; seemingly friendly Vietnamese who harbor Viet Cong; memories. . . dreams. . . nightmares. Mike and the men in his platoon make dream and reality interchangeable as the only way to make sense of the senseless, cryptic war. . . But this fragile accommodation to the war is shattered by a new platoon leader, leading to one of the most powerful and moving scenes in the literature of war. In a conclusion that will haunt readers long after the book is laid down, Mike is forced to confront himself and what it means to be a soldier."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
004772 
Price: 9.95 USD

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Run Silent, Run Deep, Beach, Edward L.
2 Beach, Edward L. Run Silent, Run Deep
New York Pocket Books 1968 Twelfth Printing Mass Market Paperback Very Good 


Corners bumped, minor edge wear, one page chipped. A little yellowing, but text is clean and unmarked. A fairly tight, attractive copy.

"A novel based on true experience-a story of the "silent" service that broke the back of the Japanese Navy in WWII. Its author is one of the world's most experienced and honored submarine experts."; 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall
001878 
Price: 8.00 USD

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Flight of the Intruder, Coonts, Stephen
3 Coonts, Stephen Flight of the Intruder
Annapolis, Maryland Naval Institute Press 1986 0870212001 / 9780870212000 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket 
Illustrated by Megargee, Moira M. (jacket)

Black cloth over gray boards with silver lettering, 329 pp. Spine slightly slanted, a little edge wear, back hinge a bit weak. Jacket in new Brodart with just a bit of edge wear. An attractive copy of Coonts' first book.

"In this riveting story of naval aviators at war over Vietnam, veteran A-6 Intruder pilot Stephen Coonts captures as never before the full drama of modern aerial warfare. With extraordinary realism he straps the reader into the cockpit of an A-6 to experience the fear and exhilaration of life at full throttle: thrilling cat shots off a carrier . . . treetop-level races against pursuing MIGs . . . treacherous night landings in crippled planes.
"With unfailing honesty he puts the reader inside the hears and minds of the pilots who drive these powerful, hi-tech machines to reveal a world unknown to those outside the naval aviators' fraternity. "; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
006886 
Price: 14.75 USD

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MacTaggart's War, Dennis, Ralph
4 Dennis, Ralph MacTaggart's War
New York Holt, Rinehart, and Winston 1979 0030194660 / 9780030194665 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Illustrated by Smith, Jay J. [cover]
Signed by Author
378 pp. Spine slightly slanted, front board a little bowed out, one corner a little bumped. DJ has minor edgewear and two shallow tears. Insription by the author is dated May 31, 1979: "This is for ____ - a good, good friend for twenty years or so - with the hope we'll be friends for another twenty years - the best, Ralph".

"June 1940. France is about to fall to the German invaders. England prepares for what seems to be the hopeless defense against the expected invasion across the Channel. The cruiser, His Majesty's Ship Emerald, sets sail for Canada, her task to deliver more than $500 million in gold bullion and securities to the safety of North America." Two Americans, Captain Johnny Whitman and Major Tom Renssler, set out to steal the gold; a dour Scotsman, Duncan MacTaggart is charged by the Bank of England to protect it. They will converge at Wingate Station, an isolated Canadian National Railway Depot, where a lust for money will wage war with MacTaggart's stubborn honor.; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall; Signed by Author
005516 
Price: 25.00 USD

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The Calendar Epic (The Novel of the Merchant Marine), Kubeck, James
5 Kubeck, James The Calendar Epic (The Novel of the Merchant Marine)
New York G.P. Putnam's Son's 1956 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 


Spine slightly slanted, corners bumped. DJ shows some edgewear, 2 spots on spine, tiny tears at top and bottom of spine and flap edges. Text is clean and attractive.

"This is a novel of the sea and of a ship, the Calendar Epic, and her first and final voyage in the dark war years when, if a merchantmen completed one mission, she was considered to have fulfilled her purpose. The glory went to those who met the enemy in battle, but the tensions and strains fell just as strongly on the men who delivered the machines of war in tens of hundreds of cargo vessels-and if they went down with their ship, well, that was their job. It is the story of all of them, from veteran Captain Quinn, a company man for so many years that he could no longer put his men or his ship herself above the good of the company, down to Jerry Pegram, the young cadet who had fled a college campus to escape his mother's apron strings."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
003696 
Price: 9.95 USD

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H.M.S. Ulysses, MacLean, Alistair
6 MacLean, Alistair H.M.S. Ulysses
New York Permabooks 1956 Mass Market Paperback Good 
Illustrated by Schulz, Robert (cover)

Perma Books # M-4057. Spine slanted, covers somewhat creased, corners bumped, some edge wear. 1" mostly closed tear at bottom of back cover. Date stamped on ffep. Spine cracked about page 120, but all text still attached. Glue a bit fragile.

"This is the story of H.M.S. Ulysses, a light cruiser on heavy duty in the Arctic. . . a ship in disgrace, manned by a crew pushed beyond human endurance. A few days after a murderous voyage the Ulysses was ordered back in convoy on the Murmansk run. Without respite, the crew once again faced 60-below-zero temperature, howling Arctic winds, 20-hour duty on deck. The skies were owned by Stukas, the seas by U-boats. The crew, old men under twenty, would have traded their souls for a good night's sleep. The next six days would be filled with agonizing terror, battles, blood and horror. Here is the story of those six days."; 5¾" - 6¾" Tall
002019 
Price: 5.00 USD

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The Sand Pebbles, McKenna, Richard
7 McKenna, Richard The Sand Pebbles
New York Harper & Row 1962 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- in Good+ dust jacket 

Signed by Author
Orange cloth with gold lettering, 597 pp., South China map on end papers. Signed by author on half title page "Richard McKenna, Chapel Hill 1962". Spine slightly slanted, corners bumped with a little chipping to bottom corners, slight edge wear, owner's name on front paste down. Pages 181-189 sunned except for about 1" strip at top, otherwise pages are clean and unmarked. A little spotting to top and leading edges. Dust jacket in new Brodart, price clipped, spine sunned, some darkening and edge wear, some chipping along top edge and at base of spine, 3/4" chip at base, 3/8" chip at top of rear flap, 1" tear from top of front flap.

Author's only novel, winner of the 1963 Harper Prize, and later made into a movie that included Steve McQueen in the cast.
"A gripping novel of adventure aboard a Yangtze River gunboat at the very moment of China's bloody awakening to its new destiny. It is the story of men, a ship, and a way of life engulfed in a tidal wave of revolution. But most of all it is the story of Jake Holman, a tough young American sailor who finds himself caught between the perils of love and the madness of war. "; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall; Signed by Author
006470 
Price: 825.00 USD

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Known But to God:  The Story of the Unknown Soldier, Reynolds, Quentin
8 Reynolds, Quentin Known But to God: The Story of the Unknown Soldier
New York Dell Publishing 1963 Mass Market Paperback Good 
Illustrated by Wilson, George [cover]

Some edgewear, scuff mark on front, spine somewhat brittle. Text has shallow waterspot at edge but is clean and unmarked.

"A doughboy of the Lost Battalion in the Argonne Forest. . . an Air Force bombardier in World War II. . . a naval corpsman in the hell of the Korean conflict. . . these are the men who might be buried under the eternal light in the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetary." From Pacific Stars and Stripes: "Quentin Reynolds has used his many talents to produce stories of 3 wars - in each case the story of an individual who made the supreme sacrifice and in death became an unknown hero. . . The drama and glory and tragedy of all wars."; 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall
004903 
Price: 4.95 USD

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Northwest Passage, Roberts, Kenneth
9 Roberts, Kenneth Northwest Passage
New York Fawcett Crest 1966 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 


Fawcett Crest m610, 637 pp. Spine a bit creased, minor edge wear, covers a bit soiled. Light tanning but text is clean and unmarked. A nice copy.

One of America's finest historical novelists, Kenneth Roberts tells the story of Robert Rogers and Rogers' Rangers during the French and Indian War, and of the Rangers raid on the Abenaki Indian village of St. Francis. This ties in with Roberts' other 'Arundel' novels, including 'Arundel', 'Rabble in Arms', and 'Oliver Wiswell', all based from the Maine province of Massachusetts before and during the Revolutionary War.; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
008253 
Price: 7.50 USD

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Ww III: Force of Arms, Slater, Ian
10 Slater, Ian Ww III: Force of Arms
New York Fawcett Gold Medal 1994 0449148556 / 9780449148556 First Edition Mass Market Paperback Very Good 


Spine very slightly creased, corners bumped, minor edge wear, binding fairly tight. A bright, attractive copy. Paperback original.

"Three Chinese armies swarmed across the trace. Into the bulge created by the sudden onslaught raced the Chinese armor, T-60 tanks with 85mm guns, and behind the T-60s over 90,000 PLA regular frontline troops rushed like ants upon the Americans who were bogged down in the typhoon.
"The American A-10 Thunderbolts came in low, their cannon spitting out a deadly stream of depleted uranium, white-hot fragments that set off the tanks' ammunition and fuel tanks into great blowouts of orange-black flame.
"Four Tomahawk cruise missiles reached the China coast at six hundred miles an hour, hugging the beach at an altitude of twenty feet, then began their flight toward their target three hundred miles away - Beijing.
"It is Armageddon in Asia."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
004746 
Price: 3.50 USD

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Ww III: World in Flames, Slater, Ian
11 Slater, Ian Ww III: World in Flames
New York Fawcett Gold Medal 1991 0449145646 / 9780449145647 Tenth Printing Mass Market Paperback Very Good- 


Slight edgewear/bumping, corner on back cover creased. A bright, attractive copy.

"With the war turning against them, the Russians are readying a submarine offensive against the American West Coast. There is no telling when they will escalate to even more dangerous tactics. . . including nuclear weapons. On every front, the war that once seemed impossible blazes its now inevitable path of worldwide destruction. There is no way to know how it will end."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
003646 
Price: 2.90 USD

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Day Without End, Van Praag, Van
12 Van Praag, Van Day Without End
New York William Sloane Associates 1949 First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket 


Bottom corners have tiny chips, PO name inside. DJ has some edgewear with small chips at spine ends, back flap clipped. Text is clean and unmarked.

"A novel about combat infantrymen in WWII [which] concerns one day in the lives of Paul Roth and the platoon of men he is leading in the hedgerow was for Normandy. They have been in the line for 58 days when their story begins; 59 when it ends. They are dirty, hungry, and terribly tired when, shortly after dawn, Roth takes ten men from the platoon over the hedgerow and creeps out on patrol toward the enemy-held village of St. Mère du Prée."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
004292 
Price: 11.00 USD

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A Country Such as This, Webb, James
13 Webb, James A Country Such as This
New York Bantam Books 1985 0553247344 / 9780553247343 Mass Market Paperback Good 
Illustrated by Gadino, Victor (cover)

Spine rolled and creased, corners bumped, minor edge wear and rubbing. Slight tanning but text is clean and unmarked. A solid copy.

"From the innocent '50s through the turbulent '60s and '70s - years when America would touch the heavens and be torn by war in Asia and violence at home - here is the dramatic story of three men and the women they love as they carve a place for themselves in the changing America of our times. We experience their passions, tragedies, undying courage . . . Their dreams are our dreams, their triumphs ours as well. "; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
008152 
Price: 4.95 USD

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Fields of Fire, Webb, James
14 Webb, James Fields of Fire
New York Pocket Books 1991 0671731386 / 9780671731380 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 


Spine a bit creased, light reading crease, a little edge wear and rubbing, interior clean and unmarked. A nice copy.

"In one of the most important novels to emerge from Vietnam or any other war, James Webb - a much decorated former Marine who fought and was wounded in Vietnam - tells the powerful story of a platoon of tough, young Marines fighting in Southeast Asia."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
008151 
Price: 4.95 USD

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Something to Die for, Webb, James
15 Webb, James Something to Die for
New York Ace Books 1991 0380713225 / 9780380713226 Mass Market Paperback Good 


Spine rolled, creased, minor edge wear and rubbing, corners curled, a few pages dog-eared or creased at corner. Light tanning but text is clean and unmarked. A good reading copy.

"Decorated Vietnam veteran, former Secretary of the Navy James Webb has written a blisteringly authentic novel of the ruthless politics of war - a searing indictment of the Washington policymakers who gamble with human lives in a cutthroat game of power, greed and personal ambition . . . and a moving tribute to the courageous soldiers who must fight and die for shadow causes in distant lands. "; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
008153 
Price: 4.95 USD

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Squadron Shilling, Whitehouse, Arch
16 Whitehouse, Arch Squadron Shilling
New York Curtis Books 1968 First Mass Market Edition Mass Market Paperback Very Good 


A clean, tight, unmarked copy.

"The noisy frenzy of a mob of street corner patriots--the eerie shadow of a zeppelin gliding over the city--the creams of a straining Rolls-Royce engine as a flaming Bristol fighter plunges earthward. Here are the unforgettable sights and sounds of London during World War I. And against this richly detailed setting is the story of two remarkable young men. It begins with their graduations from Princeton; it ends as they face each other in a duel in the skies over war-torn Europe - one a reluctant hero, the other a traitor."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
004648 
Price: 7.00 USD

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