The ballots have been cast, the votes have been counted, and we are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s MHM book awards!
We curated a list of the year’s best military history titles, and asked our readers to vote for their favourites. Our selection includes some of the best-researched, most-insightful, and most-readable titles reviewed and featured in the magazine over the last year. The winners are as follows:
MHM BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER – GOLD AWARD
The Black Watch: fighting in the front line, 1899-2006
By Victoria Schofield
Published by Head of Zeus
(Reviewed in MHM 84)
This is the second, and last, volume of this rigorously authoritative work which gives a detailed account of every conflict fought by the Black Watch, since its first action at the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745. Based on a decade of researching diaries, letters, and memoirs, as well as on interviews with surviving veterans.
WINNER – SILVER AWARD
Maps of War: mapping conflict through the centuries
By Jeremy Black
Published by Conway
(Reviewed in MHM 77)
Maps of War is a large-format book appropriate for a such a large-scale enterprise. Black’s survey of conflict-related mapping stretches from the earliest known examples to the present day, as well as reaching around the globe.
It also a great excuse for creating a book with lots of well-reproduced images of maps, all in colour wherever possible. Organised on a straightforward historical narrative this is a very tasty book.
WINNER – BRONZE AWARD
Implacable Foes: war in the Pacific, 1944-1945
By Waldo Heinrichs and Marc Gallicchio
Published by Oxford University Press
(Reviewed in MHM 86)
The book covers the war in the Pacific, beginning with MacArthur’s advance along the north coast of New Guinea in spring 1944, up o and including the debate about dropping the atom bomb in 1945. The great strength of Implacable Foes is in understanding the many dimensions, political, strategic, and tactical, of the Pacific War. This is a rich and full book.
Congratulations to all our winners and publishers!
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