The Wargamer

24 July 2017

Tales of Heresy

BOOK REVIEW posted on 10 NOV 2009 by Scott Parrino

A must read if you're following The Horus Heresy series of books.


The Battle That Stopped Rome

BOOK REVIEW posted on 22 OCT 2009 by Scott Parrino

Exactly 2000 years ago last month three Roman legions were lost in a battle that was as shocking as it was improbable. The Battle That Stopped Rome explains how it happened.


Blood Pact

BOOK REVIEW posted on 16 SEP 2009 by Scott Parrino

Dan Abnett has a new novel about Gaunt's Ghosts and it's good.



BOOK REVIEW posted on 4 AUG 2009 by Scott Parrino

The epic struggle of Legions of Titans has a book that is well worth reading.



BOOK REVIEW posted on 30 JUL 2009 by Scott Parrino

Fans of alternative history know that past events are far from pre-ordained. In this latest book review, Lloyd Sabin offers a look at a book that confirms the American Revolution was far from destined to happen.


Armored Thunderbolt: The U.S. Army Sherman in World War II

BOOK REVIEW posted on 26 JAN 2009 by Scott Parrino

Zaloga's comprehensive knowledge makes this book one of those rare “should not be missed” volumes that come along from time to time.


War Elephants

BOOK REVIEW posted on 15 JAN 2009 by Scott Parrino

If I say “war elephants” and you think “angry Republicans” it’s time to switch to decaf. We’re talking ancient war beasts here, and this is the go-to book for fighting pachyderms.


British Forts in the Age of Arthur

BOOK REVIEW posted on 5 JAN 2009 by Scott Parrino

The quest for historical proof of King Arthur, like the quest for the Holy Grail itself, seems as perennial as it is elusive. But it is also entertaining, and, in the case of Angus Konstam’s latest work, great military history, too.


US Army Long-Range Patrol Scout in Vietnam 1965-71

BOOK REVIEW posted on 10 DEC 2008 by Scott Parrino

The Vietnam War had many aspects but the role of Long-Range Patrols (LRP) have a mystique all to themselves. These patrols are the stuff of legend: a small squad of men inserted far behind enemy lines. Read up on the history, training, methods, and especially the men.


The Yom Kippur War

BOOK REVIEW posted on 28 NOV 2008 by Scott Parrino

At its heart the Yom Kippur War is a tale of one of the most famous and intrepid tank battles in history. Discover why Simon Dunstan’s account is the best there is on the subject.


Brushes & Bayonets

BOOK REVIEW posted on 18 JUL 2008 by Scott Parrino

Brushes & Bayonets may look like just another coffee table book, but it's not. Find out why this may be the only coffee table book you buy not to impress someone else.


The Coldest Winter

BOOK REVIEW posted on 12 APR 2008 by Scott Parrino

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Halberstam delivers a captivating read posthumously in The Coldest Winter. Boasting qualities of both narrative and chronicle, Halberstam recounts many of the major players and battles of the Korean War in a book that will stand as one of his best.


World War II Jungle Warfare Tactics

BOOK REVIEW posted on 30 AUG 2007 by Scott Parrino

The difficult jungle battlefield was an enemy all by itself to both sides. World War II Jungle Warfare Tactics covers the experiences of the US, British, Japanese, and Commonwealth troops and examines how the tactics on both sides developed over the course of the war.


Steel Victory / US Army Infantry Divisions 1944-45

BOOK REVIEW posted on 23 JUL 2007 by Scott Parrino

These two books provide helpful information and references for creating historically accurate orders of battle and realistic scenarios. They offer two perspectives of essentially the same subject—an overview of the infantry divisions with their supporting tank battalions during the final two years of the war in Europe.


Chateau Thierry & Belleau Wood 1918

BOOK REVIEW posted on 25 APR 2007 by Scott Parrino

"Chateau Thierry & Belleau Wood 1918 is an excellent addition to the Osprey campaign series. It is recommended for readers who have interest in World War I as it covers the battles in question with superb descriptions and informative maps, pictures and color plates..."


Scourge of the Seas

BOOK REVIEW posted on 14 APR 2007 by Scott Parrino

"No work of pirates could be considered complete if it didn’t explain some of the reasons why piracy was truly a scourge of the seas. But Angus Konstam’s makes a contribution in placing the actions of these men in an historical context..."


Surprise Attack: The Battle Of Shiloh

BOOK REVIEW posted on 16 FEB 2007 by Scott Parrino

Will Trotter takes a look at new graphical novel from Osprey Publishing which details the American Civil War battle at Shiloh.


That Body of Brave Men: The U.S. Regular Infantry and the Civil War in the West

BOOK REVIEW posted on 11 JAN 2007 by Scott Parrino

An active duty US Army officer provides an in-depth look at some oft-neglected areas of the American Civil War. How does Mark Johnson’s chronicle of the experiences of the United States Regular Infantry Regiments that fought in the Western Theater during the American Civil War measure up to other accounts of campaigns, battles and camp life?


The Wars of the Barbary Pirates

BOOK REVIEW posted on 7 JAN 2007 by Scott Parrino

What do extortion paid to late 18th Century rogue nations, George Washington, pirates, and the US Navy have to do with “the most bold and daring act of the age”? The Wargamer’s Jim Zabek tells us.


Slaughterhouse: The Encyclopedia of the Eastern Front

BOOK REVIEW posted on 2 DEC 2006 by Scott Parrino

Western historians freely acknowledge that they don’t know how much they don’t know about the Soviet’s story of the Eastern Front. Bill Trotter dug up Slaughterhouse: The Encyclopedia of the Eastern Front and says, “Slaughterhouse: The Encyclopedia of the Eastern Front represents the most detailed, painstaking analysis yet published in English…” Find why in this book review.