New from Potomac Books


This spring Potomac Books will publish sixteen new books, with topics ranging from true crime and military history to career development and world and national affairs. Here is a look at some of the newest titles forthcoming from Potomac Books.

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The General Who Wore Six Stars: The Inside Story of John C. H. Lee (March 2018) by Hank H. Cox

Lt. Gen. John C. H. Lee wore six stars on his helmet, three in front and three in back—an unusual affectation. The General Who Wore Six Stars delves into the perplexing details of how Lee let his idiosyncrasies get the better of him. Yet, Cox argues, Lee’s strategical genius throughout the war has been underappreciated not only by his contemporaries but also by World War II historians. This book provides a timely reassessment of this intriguing individual.

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The War Against the Vets: The World War I Bonus Army during the Great Depression (April 2018) by Jerome Tuccille

“Who Murdered the Vets?” writer Ernest Hemingway demanded in an impassioned article about the deaths of hundreds of former soldiers. Their fate came as part of the larger and often overlooked story of veterans of the Great War and their deplorable treatment by the government they once served. The War Against the Vets is the first book about the Bonus Army to describe in detail the political battles that threatened to tear the country apart, as well as the scandalous treatment of the World War I vets.


Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict (May 2018) edited by Max Brooks, John Amble, ML Cavanaugh, and Jaym Gates

The most successful film franchise of all time, Star Wars thrillingly depicts an epic multigenerational conflict fought a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. But the Star Wars saga has as much to say about successful strategies and real-life warfare waged in our own time and place. Strategy Strikes Back brings together over thirty of today’s top military and strategic experts to explain the strategy and the art of war by way of the Star Wars films.


The Third Degree: The Triple Murder That Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice (May 2018) by Scott D. Seligman

If you’ve ever seen an episode of Law and Order, you can probably recite your Miranda rights by heart. But you likely don’t know that these rights had their roots in the case of a young Chinese man accused of murdering three diplomats in Washington DC in 1919. Part murder mystery, part courtroom drama, and part landmark legal case, The Third Degree is the true story of a young man’s abuse by the Washington police and an arduous, seven-year journey through the legal system.


The I-35W Bridge Collapse: A Survivor’s Account of America’s Crumbling Infrastructure (July 2018) by Kimberly J. Brown

“A bridge shouldn’t just fall down,” Senator Amy Klobuchar said after the August 1, 2007, collapse of the Minneapolis I-35W eight-lane steel truss bridge which killed 13 motorists, injured 145, and left a collective wound on the city’s psyche and infrastructure. On her way to a soccer game with a fellow teammate, Kimberly J. Brown experienced the collapse firsthand, falling 114 feet in her teammate’s car to the Mississippi River. Although terrified, injured, and in shock, she survived. In this sobering memoir and exposé, Brown recounts her harrowing experience.


African American Officers in Liberia: A Pestiferous Rotation, 1910–1942 (August 2018) by Brian G. Shellum

African American Officers in Liberia tells the story of seventeen African American officers who trained, reorganized, and commanded the Liberian Frontier Force from 1910 to 1942. Brian G. Shellum brings to life the story of the African American officers who carried out a dangerous mission in Liberia for an American government that did not treat them as equal citizens in their homeland, and he provides recognition for their critical role in preserving the independence of Liberia.

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