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New catalog on World War I from Cat’s Cradle Books

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

I invite you to download and view my World War I catalog.  All titles subject to prior sale.  Inquires may be made to info@catscradlebks.net.  I accept major credit cards and PayPal.

The Great War changed the landscape of the modern world whether we look at the military, medicine, technology, gender roles, diplomacy, international borders, or economies.  This catalog offers a range of titles for the interested layperson as well as the scholar.

May  we enjoy a future that is free of such devastating conflict.  And may we remember so as not to repeat it.


Kathy Carter@Cat’s Cradle Books

June 6, 1944, D-Day. A turning point in WWII, a day of sacrifices to remember

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers

1st edition 1st printing, Stephen Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany. Simon & Schuster, 1997. $25.00

On June 6, 1944, on the beaches of Normandy, the tide turned on the Western Front in Europe.  With the Soviet Red Army already pushing from the East following the Battle of Stalingrad, and Hitler’s Axis ally Mussolini fallen, Allied victory in World War II was in sight.  Less than a year later, in May 1945, came V-E Day.  And in September of that year, V-J Day ended the war.

Let’s remember the heavy price paid for these victories, which ultimately made not only the western Allies but the world more free.  So many of us – Americans, Canadians, British citizens at home and across the Commonwealth, Soviet and French citizens, and many others – suffered and died, or served and survived, both in the theater of war and at home. Let’s remember also that thousands upon thousands of enemy soldiers suffered, as did their families.  And the price paid by innocents was so staggering that I, today, still cannot fully imagine it.

The entire world, in fact, paid dearly for World War II. That having been said, I believe that we have made the world a place more receptive to democracy and individual freedom.  A global peacekeeping organization, the United Nations, continues – often ploddingly and imperfectly – to do its work in the world.

We’re not there yet.  But we move, slowly and with frustration sometimes, along the road.

Could this have happened without World War II?  Perhaps, but history is what it is.  We cannot really know.

Visit Cat’s Cradle Books for great reading on World War II.

Napoleon’s Conquest of Europe: The War of the Third Coalition

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Schneid, Napoleon's Conquest of Europe

In this book from Praeger Publishers, Frederick C. Schneid examines the War of the Third Coalition and its background of Napoleon’s diplomacy and alliance building.

It serves as an important addition to scholarship in Napoleonic Studies, as well as the larger fields of military and diplomatic history.

Napoleon’s Conquest of Europe is a volume in Praeger’s Studies in Military History and International Affairs Series (Jeremy Black, series editor).  Our copy is signed by the author on the half-title page.  

The book has been well received:

“Schneid increases his stature among the rising generation of U.S. historians of the Napoleonic Wars with this comprehensively researched and economically presented analysis of the War of the Third Coalition. Demonstrating command of a broad spectrum of sources, he smoothly integrates policy formation, diplomatic interaction, and military operations in a work meriting recognition as a standard introduction to the war that made Napoleon master of Europe.”   Dennis Showalter, Colorado College.

“An excellent synthesis, and unusual in that it deals in great detail with the factors leading to the formation of the Third Coalition against France (1803-1805) and the ensuing war. In some cases Schneid traces the diplomatic, economic, political, cultural and personal reasons leading to conflict back into the seventeenth century. The battles are crisply and accurately recounted – especially Austerliz – giving special attention to Napoleon’s enemies, which is lacking in most military histories.”   Owen Connelly, University of South Carolina.

About the author: Frederick C. Schneid is a Professor of History at High Point University in North Carolina.  He has spent a career investigating the leadership and actions of Napoleon Bonaparte both on and off the battlefield.