The Wargamer

24 July 2017

General John Buford: A Military Biography

BOOK REVIEW posted on 31 MAR 2004 by Scott Parrino

"A work that may not be what the author intended, but provides an excellent view of an ordinary man who rises to an extraordinary circumstance and quite possibly saves the Union."


Fortress Third Reich

BOOK REVIEW posted on 24 MAR 2004 by Scott Parrino

"In addition to the land defenses on the Atlantic coast and the Franco-German border, there were the East and South Walls, field works, submarine pens, underground factories, and of course shelters for Adolf Hitler and his aides. One gets the impression that the Germans tried to put everything of value under a thick shield."


Napoleon's Expedition to Russia

BOOK REVIEW posted on 5 MAR 2004 by Scott Parrino

"A first-hand account of Napoleon's disastrous Russian campaign by one of his generals, made accessible for modern, non-specialists in a new edition."


These Honored Dead

BOOK REVIEW posted on 29 FEB 2004 by Scott Parrino

"Desjardin has written a very entertaining book that all lovers of military history from all eras should have on their shelves. It not only explains clearly some of the fallacies of the history but it shows how history can be created."


Castles of Steel

BOOK REVIEW posted on 25 FEB 2004 by Scott Parrino

"Like the dreadnoughts that populate its 800 plus pages, Castles of Steel, Robert Massie’s narrative of the Great War at sea, is powerful, inspiring, and constructed on an ambitious scale."


Intelligence in War

BOOK REVIEW posted on 20 FEB 2004 by Scott Parrino

"No war can be conducted successfully without early and good intelligence." - The Duke of Marlborough


Stealth Patrol: The Making of a Vietnam Ranger

BOOK REVIEW posted on 6 FEB 2004 by Scott Parrino

"The Vietnam War still lives in the books of our time. The Vietnam Era is perhaps the most unresolved of all conflicts Americans have faced. Did America exit a war it was winning or just escape from a battlefield which it could not hold?"


Richard The Lionheart: The Mighty Crusader

BOOK REVIEW posted on 5 JAN 2004 by Scott Parrino

The Wargamer's Jim Zabek shares a look at a soon to be released biography of Richard the Lionheart.


Blood in the Sea

BOOK REVIEW posted on 21 DEC 2003 by Scott Parrino

Neil Stalker reviews this book about the sinking of the HMS Dunedin by German U-boats and the harrowing stories of 72 men who survived the ordeal.


Afghanistan: A Military History

BOOK REVIEW posted on 8 NOV 2003 by Scott Parrino

"A solid, broad overview of more than twenty-five hundred years of history in one of the more overlooked but important parts of the world."


War on Saddam

BOOK REVIEW posted on 7 NOV 2003 by Scott Parrino

Neil Stalker offers this review on a recent compilation on the war against Saddam from the British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph.


To Destroy a City

BOOK REVIEW posted on 31 OCT 2003 by Scott Parrino

"Herman Knell was a teenager living in Wurzburg, Germany in March of 1945. He personally witnessed the RAF bomb his hometown...This terrifying event drove Knell to years of research on the history, development and effects of area bombing. To Destroy a City is the result of his research."


Forsaken Army

BOOK REVIEW posted on 30 OCT 2003 by Scott Parrino

"History has, of course, provided us with a plethora of documentation...on the topic of Stalingrad. This book, however, is unique in that it is not told in the cold, analytical manner of a battle analysis; instead, it is told from the perspective of the soldiers."


Lost Over Laos

BOOK REVIEW posted on 15 OCT 2003 by Scott Parrino

A true and moving account of friendship, loss and the obligations the living owe the dead, set against the backdrop of journalism in the later phases of the Vietnam war.


Napoleonic Army Handbook: The British Army and Her Allies

BOOK REVIEW posted on 9 OCT 2003 by Scott Parrino

"Together, they provide over eight hundred pages of detailed information relating to the composition and organization of the armies of all the powers involved in the Napoleonic wars."


The Savage Wars of Peace

BOOK REVIEW posted on 11 SEP 2003 by Scott Parrino

"It is no stretch to say that The Savage Wars of Peace should be required reading for anyone interested in history, foreign policy, or current events."


The Peloponnesian War

BOOK REVIEW posted on 21 AUG 2003 by Scott Parrino

"...doesn't overwhelm the reader with esoteric details. In most cases, significant events are given just the right amount of coverage to keep the pages turning as quickly as a Clancy novel."


Under Fire

BOOK REVIEW posted on 1 APR 2003 by Scott Parrino

Mike Dorn reviews this Korean War historical fictional novel from the author of the The Corps books.


Steel My Soldiers’ Hearts

BOOK REVIEW posted on 29 MAR 2003 by Scott Parrino

" its heart, is a succinct retelling of a transformation of hopeless and demoralized soldiers, thrust into a situation they cannot control yet must master if they are to survive. Along the way, one brilliant leader, full of 'tough love,' enters their lives and together they reach deep into their collective beings, overcoming a terrible situation."


Shelby's Expedition to Mexico: An Unwritten Leaf of the War

BOOK REVIEW posted on 24 MAR 2003 by Scott Parrino

Michael Spano reviews this historical novel which recounts the expeditions of a Civil War general into Mexico after the South's surrender.