Jerry Lenaburg

Jerry D. Lenaburg is a Project Manager and Senior Military Analyst with over 30 years' experience in the defense and intelligence community, where he has written extensively on military and national security topics relating to both conventional and unconventional warfare.  

A 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in History, where he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, he also holds an M.S. in Technology Management and an M.A. in Military Studies. He served as a Naval Flight Officer from 1987–1998 and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

He is a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust and the Society of Military History, and has twice been published in the Journal of Military History.

His historical interests include American military history, strategic and operational studies of war, and the effects of technology and society on military forces and the conduct of war.

Book Reviews by Jerry Lenaburg

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“this volume provides a good overview of the genesis, history, and thorny relationship these elite units have had within the American military.”

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“brings a new evaluation to the common themes of both Clausewitz and Sun Tzu on the relationship between war and politics . . .”

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“concise yet sweeping history of warfare in the Middle East from 1798 to present is an excellent introductory volume to understanding how geography, culture, religion, politics, and economi

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“this book is an excellent introduction to the complex issues of East Asia and the potential for conflict in this critical region of the world . . .”

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“an excellent resource for anyone interested in visiting one of America’s numerous Civil War battlefield parks.”

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“this book shows, for the men serving on the front lines next to the Iron Curtain, conflict was always a real possibility that could happen at any time.”

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“As one of the most highly decorated units in Army history, these men are worthy successors to Band of Brothers . . .”

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“seeks to overturn long held canon among military historians about the conduct and role of battles in warfare . . .”

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“a marvelous companion to this series, with wonderful illustrations and an engaging backstory . . .”

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“an artful mosaic that converges with breakneck speed toward the end of the book, bringing the story to a climax and conclusion that are ultimately very satisfying . . .”

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“. . . leaves no stone unturned in providing a taut narrative of this important era of modern European history . . .”

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“this text should rightly become the standard undergraduate volume for any course studying World War II.”

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“the explorer [tells] his own story, combining history, cartography, natural science, and a bit of a modern travelogue . . .”

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“a timely and thorough story without hyperbole or histrionics of this controversial chapter in American history. . .”

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“Great powers’ rivalries often begin by sheer human failings, and this book shows there are ways to resolve them peacefully.”

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“The story of the mightiest navy in history is both compelling and personal . . .”

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“The global balance of power was never really the same after the Suez or Hungarian Crisis . . .”

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“provides a fascinating glimpse of a country passing through the twilight of splendid isolation to becoming a world power . . .”

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“These Marines served their county with bravery, ingenuity, and fortitude, and this book is a tribute to their service.”

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“a sharper focus on why the Japanese not only chose to attack Pearl Harbor, but their entire decision making process to begin a war they were not sure they could win . . .”

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the reader is left with the impression of a brave and resourceful man who served an evil cause . . .”

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Technology played some part in the 1940 campaign, but the more decisive edge for the Germans was training, tactics, and the spirit of Auftragstaktik. . . .

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“a workman-like job of revising many of the myths and misconceptions about the battle . . .”

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“Stories like this highlight the bravery, camaraderie, and sacrifice of war, even war that may not always be popular or even understood by many Americans.” 

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“a single overarching volume on World War II espionage and covert action that has long been missing . . .”

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“a harsh but necessary look at where America has been in the Middle East . . .”

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“For Christians wanting to understand the first followers of their faith, or the skeptic wanting to understand how this faith was formed, this book is a good place to start

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“[a] history of heroic aviators who racked up racked up an impressive combat record as one of the preeminent Bomb Groups in the 8th Air Force.”  

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“a splendid little read that tells the story of America’s Navy with just enough detail and anecdotes to engage . . .”

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“brings to light a truth that should be told of how ordinary men and women struggled for four years to help liberate their country . . .”

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Although it was the longest war of the 20th century and caused over a million casualties, the Iran-Iraq War is largely forgotten by the Western world outside of a few military analysts and Middle E

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“succeeds admirably in reexamining the battle of Gallipoli . . .”

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“a truly magnificent volume . . . for any university teaching an undergraduate course in World War II.”

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“read this book to truly understand how this dynamic duo formed a loving and unprecedented marriage and intellectual partnership . . .”

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“does an admirable job of showing how national identity, myth-making, and popular culture can influence the historical narrative . . .”

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“a shocking and uncomfortable spin on the usual historiography of 1944 as the year the Allies decisively turned the war toward victory.”

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“The history of America's most elite fighting force is told with panache and critical analysis . . .”

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“makes a definite contribution to understanding religious liberty . . . and the thinking of our Founding Fathers on the role of religion and politics . . .”

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“. . . should occupy an honored space next to your copy of On War . . .“

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“Although the true strategic and tactical success of the American stand at Khe Sanh will continue to be debated . . .

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“Volumes such as this one can help inform and shape the debate that will hopefully move beyond partisan fallout and examine these wars more methodically.”

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“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice . . .”

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“. . . an excellent primer to the conflicting ambitions, fears, and futures of the nations bordering this vital sea-lane . . .”

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“. . . a book that conflates the emotional reactions elicited by the imagery with the thoughtfulness of well-written history.”

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“. . . of interest to anyone interested in how counterinsurgency is conducted at the village level.”

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“A highly readable account of a war Europe completely misjudged in terms of bloodshed and cost . . .”

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“. . . does an excellent job of telling the story of one of America’s finest and darkest episodes in World War II . . .”

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“. . . a marvelous capstone to a trilogy that will make Rick Atkinson to the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations what Shelby Foote is to the Civil War . . .”