The bloodiest conflict in U.S. history, the Civil War claimed the lives of up to 850,000 Americans between 1861 and 1865. Astonishingly fresh, Alleghany Thunder: The Civil War in West Virginia, 1861 examines the war's events large and small in the only state created as a result of the war. Prizewinning historian Michael Graham reveals the unfolding story of the pivotal first year of the war in the mountains. As Graham expertly weaves a thrilling narrative, Union and Confederate commanders McClellan, Lee, "Stonewall" Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart and others come to life. We come to understand that the Civil War in West Virginia was a wholly different kind of war, a war within the war. Illustrated throughout with dozens of photographs and illustrations, this book details the 1861 battles and campaigns of the war in the Mountain State in 1861.
American Civil War: West Virginia
On this Day in West Virginia Civil War History (The History Press, 2015, Charleston, SC)
More than any other book about the American Civil War, award-winning historian Michael Graham in On this Day in West Virginia Civil War History reveals The Mountain State experience was much more than a grim, grinding guerrilla war. Filled with intriguing event-driven anecdotes arranged from January 1 to December 31, here is an informative, immersive and entertaining blow-by-blow of what happened in West Virginia. Compiled from the great body of Civil War history, 365 diverse entries accompanied by 60 photographs and illustrations—many never before published—provide a fascinating window to the people, places, and the war's events in the mountains.
Robert E. Lee, McClellan, "Stonewall" Jackson, Sheridan, J.E.B. Stuart, Jenkins, A.P. Hill, McCausland, Mosby, McNeill and the Moccasin Rangers, the Snake Hunters and Swamp Dragons, and many more leap from the pages. The outcome is a rich sampling of the commanders and strategies and tactics in West Virginia—in the battles of Rich, Cheat and Droop Mountains, Carnifex Ferry, Charleston, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, Moorefield, and Smithfield Crossing, among many others. On this Day in West Virginia Civil War History presents an insider's view of the dramatic events and colorful personalities that resulted in the Civil War's creation of America's 35th state, West Virginia. One of the most original and readable sources of historical material about the Civil War in West Virginia in many years, this groundbreaking accomplishment is certain to become a classic for history buffs and trivia fans alike.
The Coal River Valley in the Civil War: West Virginia Mountains, 1861 (The History Press, 2014, Charleston, SC)
The three rivers that make up the Coal River Valley--Big, Little and Coal--were named by explorer John Peter Salling (or Salley) for the coal deposits found along its banks. More than one hundred years later, the picturesque valley was witness to a multitude of bloody skirmishes between Confederate and Union forces in the Civil War. Often-overlooked battles at Boone Court House, Coal River, Pond Fork and Kanawha Gap introduced the beginning of "total war" tactics years before General Sherman used them in his March to the Sea. Join author and historian Michael Graham as he expertly details the compelling human drama of West Virginia's bitterly contested Coal River Valley region during the War Between the States.
Mantle of Heroism Battle for Tarawa and the Struggle for the Gilberts, November 1943
Main Selection/Book-of-the-Month of the Military Book Club, October 1993.
"Fifty Years Ago, American troops came perilously close to disaster on the Pacific's remote Gilbert Islands. Just before dawn on Sunday, November 20, 1943, Operation Galvanic was launched - the first major amphibious operation against Japanese-held islands. Over 100,000 men and the largest assembly of warships in history were in place off islands shielded by razor-sharp barrier reefs. An easy and "glorious" victory was anticipated in this battle, the symbolic first step toward Tokyo. Confidence was high as the Americans boarded their landing craft. It seemed impossible that any living thing could have survived the intensity of the naval and air bombardment that had been aimed at these small spits of land for the past few days. But the Japanese had prepared well. Just a few hours later, at Tarawa Atoll, the confidence changed to horror as the amphibious vehicles were torn apart by murderous fire, and the Marines, forced to wade ashore, were cut down by enemy machine guns. The few survivors who made it to the beach huddled behind a seawall amid piles of bodies and hideously twisted wreckage, numbed by the ferocity of the resistance. Based on careful research of all unpublished and published sources - the first such synthesis of all available material - Michael Graham has written one of the most readable pieces of military history to be published in many years. The capture of Tarawa and Makin atolls was billed as a stunning victory, but the cost is questioned to this day."
Hardcover: 360 pages
Not in print
World War II: European Theater
Liberating a Continent: The European Theater, Vol. 1, The Faces of Victory: The United States in World War II. Co-author. Addax Publishing, Kansas City, MO, 1995. Foreword by Gen. Wm. Westmoreland. Ed., R. Kolb.
In Liberating a Continent: The European Theater--the companion to Fall of the Rising Sun: The Pacific Theater, Vol. II, in VFW's acclaimed The Faces of Victory: The United States in World War II series, (vol. 2)--this volume details American involvement in the war's European Theater of Operations through the lens of America's fighting men on land, at sea and in the air, from North Africa, Sicily and Italy, the Battle of the Atlantic, the Air War over Europe, the invasion of France, and the drive into the heart of Germany and the European continent. From the editors of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) magazine, Liberating a Continent: The European Theater impressively weaves the work of contributing historians Ken Hechler (Bridge at Remagen. Ballantine, 1957), Michael Graham (Mantle of Heroism: Tarawa and the Struggle for the Gilberts. November 1943. Presidio Press, 1993) and others in capturing the experience of the individual American soldier, sailor and airman in combat in Europe in World War II. A monumental achievement.
Series: Faces of Victory
Hardcover: 239 pages
Not in print
World War II: Pacific Theater
Fall of the Rising Sun: The Pacific Theater, Vol. II, The Faces of Victory: The United States in World War II. Principal author. Addax Publishing, Kansas City, MO, 1995. Foreword by Adm. C.W. Nimitz, Jr. Ed., R. Kolb (VFW).
From the editors of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) magazine, Pacific: The Fall of the Rising Sun, contributing historians Michael Graham (Mantle of Heroism: Tarawa and the Struggle for the Gilberts. November 1943. Presidio Press, 1993), Michael D. McKenzie and others, covers World War II's campaigns and battles in the Pacific theater between America and Japan (1941-45), from the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Philippines, through New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Aleutians, the Central Pacific, and the Japanese homeland. A classic, VFW's work is a brilliantly clear account of one of the most massive clash of men and arms in military history and America's heroic soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen.
Series: Faces of Victory
Hardcover: 239 pages
Not in print
Medieval Epic Verse: Beowulf and Roland. New Adaptations. (MBS, 2003, Denver, Colo.)
Beowulf is the greatest poem in Old English, a remarkable fusion of history and poetry, the foundation of English literature as we know it. It celebrates the courage and leadership of the mythical Anglo-Saxon warrior in his battles with supernatural monsters. Similarly, The Song of Roland, a chanson de geste extolling chivalric ideals in the France of Charlemagne, is the first and greatest of French literature's heroic epics. This Modern Standard English translation of both rendered by historian Michael Graham does full justice to these timeless tales of valor, betrayal, and revenge.
Softcover: 200 pages
Not in print
Makers of Modern Fantasy (MBS, Denver, Colo., 2005)
In this new release, readers are guided through the evolution of modern epic fantasy, from such ancient influences as Beowulf and Roland to the modern tales of Tolkein. It explores how genres of supernatural adventure have developed in reaction to our changing world over the millennia. The book introduces the social, environmental and historical contexts in which these tales were written. Fantasy emerges as a product of its times, from the anti-industrialism of Victorian romances to the inter-war politics brewing in the background of Tolkien's tales of wonder The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The book begins with the origins of modern fantasy through its precursors in classical and medieval romance, and fantasy’s relationship with religion and cultural expression and how fantasy emerged in reaction to the rise of machinery, science and populism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Softcover: 184 pages
Not in print
Minds Without Borders: Educational & Cultural Exchange in the Twenty-First Century: The Fulbright Fortieth Anniversary Washington Conference Proceedings. (USIA : Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars : Smithsonian Institution, 1986, Washington, D.C.) Co-editor, with Anne Rogers Devereux, George Liston Seay, John A. Quintus.
The vast and diverse field of intercultural and international exchanges is examined through a variety of disciplines, including educational, cultural, historical, economic, political, psychological, business, religious, and other perspectives. The focus is on educational and cultural exchange, such as the Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, in the conduct of nation image building and foreign policy from the post-WWII era to the present.