Thomas McClung

As the son of two World War II veterans (both were pilots and his mother was a member of the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots), Stuart McClung has had a longtime interest in history in general and military history, particularly the American Civil War.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Mr. McClung has lived in many different parts of the United States and spent three years in Morocco. He obtained his BA in history from Ohio University and his MA from American Military University, based in Charlestown, West Virginia, with a 4.0 GPA and nomination to the University President's Honors List.

Mr. McClung was recently awarded the American Public University System's (APUS) Community Service Award for his volunteer efforts over the course of more than 20 years, in historical interpretation, presentations, and public speaking at organizational meetings, community events, and other public venues at the national, state, and local levels. Mr. McClung has been recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia for more than 10 years of volunteer service in interpretive programs at Sky Meadows State Park, Paris, Virginia.

Mr. McClung is currently nominated for APUS' Distinguished Graduate Award. He resides in Hagerstown, Maryland, where he is employed by Merkle Response Management Group.

Book Reviews by Thomas McClung

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War is never pretty, and in the case of Vietnam less so for a variety of reasons. Those who served there deserved better than we gave them when and since they came home.

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“demonstrate[s] the war’s sheer and utter waste of life and resources even as the old mainland Europe monarchical order brought about its own demise.”

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The world should be well aware of the sacrifices made and losses suffered by the Soviet Union in World War II.

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The history of the United States is still full of topics yet to be researched, explored, and revealed in book or other form.

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There have been many instances where one wishes one could have been a fly on the wall in order to know what was said at the time or what really happened, particularly, say, in the commission of a c

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Attributed to President Harry Truman, and perhaps paraphrased here, is the expression that “the only thing new is the history you don’t know.” In this case, there is considerable truth here.

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One facet of Nazi Germany about which many people do not know or of which they are unaware is the extent of chemical dependency in its society and regime.

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“another fine tribute to those who put their lives on the line for those of us who have come after them.”

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". . .  Wukovits certainly joins Morrison and James D. Hornfischer as one of the pre-eminent writers on the history of U.S. Navy operations in the Pacific theater."

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It is entirely possible that the vast majority of Americans have never thought of or even considered the possibility that their country and its white supremacist legislation of the 1930s would ever

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It is always gratifying to learn history you don’t know.

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Newspaper editor John O’Sullivan is generally credited with the development of, if not necessarily coining, the expression Manifest Destiny, the notion or idea that the United States of America sho

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Long before his rendezvous with the Ides of March, 44 BCE, Julius Caesar was one of the ancient world’s most accomplished military leaders.

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“a fascinating and informative account of the personal lives of the Tudors.”

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Although World War II began in Europe in September, 1939, it was followed by the approximately six month period of what was called the Phony War: Universal national mobilization, decisions on strat

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Although the story of the contributions of African Americans during the Civil War has been garnering much more attention over the past 25 years, mainly through the film Glory and its depic

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Virtually everyone should be aware of the accomplishments of the United States Marine Corps in World War II.

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One of the titans of 20th century American literature, Ernest Hemingway was larger than life and an adventurer of the first rank. He was also imperfect, flawed and, therefore, human.

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This publication is a compendium of skirmishes, engagements, battles, and campaigns fought by “Americans” from practically day one on this continent to the present.

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The advent of the 75th anniversary of Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor has had at least something to do with the publication of this book.

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With perhaps the exception of the Holocaust in Europe, no other phase of World War II was more horrific than captivity under the Imperial Japanese Empire, the same being said of combat against thes

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The story of the United States’ eight year fight for independence from Great Britain is one known around the world.

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A photographic publication of any historical event is to be welcomed, and the Second World War was one of the most widely covered and photographed conflicts in history.

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For those who enjoy reading a well-told tale of historical nonfiction, this could be that story. But be forewarned that it comes with at least two caveats to be explained below.

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Modern warfare in general and asymmetrical warfare specifically and in particular in the War on Terror have been especially characterized in recent years by the overarching reach and influence of t

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Those with an interest in military history, in particular World War II, should be familiar with the efforts of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT), a formation of Japanese-American citizens who

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Among historians certainly, it has been axiomatic that control of the authority and power of the Federal government was maintained by the so-called Southern plantation aristocracy for the first 75

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The Manhattan Project, the so-called American mission to develop an atomic weapon in World War II, was rightly accorded the highest secrecy of any operation of the Federal government, notwithstandi

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One need not be an equestrian or horse lover in order to appreciate this story.

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As a war winds down, with victory in sight, no one wants to be the last one killed. As a rule, participants tend to become somewhat cautious or reluctant to put their lives on the line.

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The presence of many prominent and not-so-familiar foreign individuals in the ranks of both armies in the Civil War is well known, especially Irish and German.

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Among the Headhunters is another account in a series of little known incidents that occurred in World War II.

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In a conflict as massive as was World War II, it is inevitable that there would be a plethora of personal and personally heroic stories to be told.

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The American special operations forces known as the Navy SEALs have been garnering considerable attention and headlines in the media and even onscreen in recent years, particularly as a result of o

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It has been said before and bears repeating, but it is always gratifying when the stories of more obscure incidents and events of a historical period are published for the information and edificati

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The tale and toll of man’s inhumanity to man is a long, complex, and tragic one, especially when it comes to bondage, slavery, involuntary servitude—call it what you like.

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“cannot be recommended too highly . . .  another smoking gun . . .”

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It should be noted, in the interest of full disclosure, that the mother of this reviewer was a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).

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In the 19th century there were many individuals who could be considered larger than life, particularly in the United States.

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In the interest of full disclosure, an uncle of this reviewer was present at Iwo Jima during the course of the main invasion and fighting there.

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This particular publication is not what it might seem at first glance.

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“an extremely readable overall look at what has been heretofore a mostly unfamiliar, neglected and forgotten phase of World War II.”

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“an engaging volume.”

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Following the publication of Lone Survivor and the release of its video counterpart of the same name, author Patrick Robinson discovered that there were questions regarding the account by

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The early history of submarines is replete with examples of disasters, not terribly surprising given the limitations and newness of the technology.

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Modern day society is familiar with the existence, accomplishments, and exploits of America’s Special Operations forces, in particular the warriors known as U.S. Navy SEALs.

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“For a personal, ground level view of a highly decorated German soldier’s World War II experience, Sturm’s account comes highly recommended.” 

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This publication is a combination of two desirable factors.

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In the category of military history, the most interesting accounts can be those of a personal memoir or an obscure nature.

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“a primer for anyone looking for information on extreme weather survival.”

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“a well-written story of a truly epic World War II fight . . .”

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“a brutally honest and personal look at World War II urban combat . . .”

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“a well-written and engrossing account of a World War II episode which has not necessarily seen the light of day . . .”

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“For those interested in this critical campaign, this volume is recommended.”

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“Thom Hatch has assumed a cheerleading mantle on behalf of someone who has been castigated many times for his actions . . .”

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“Gerald Kleinfeld and Lewis Tambs have chosen to highlight the relatively obscure service rendered by Spain to the German war effort on the Eastern Front.”