Books: Get to know American war heroes with these reads

Paul Eisenberg

The Rising Tide

By Jeff Shaara, $9.99

For more than a decade, Shaara has taken readers into the minds of generals and privates in his fictionalized depictions of American wars. “The Rising Tide” is the first part of a trilogy that includes “The Steel Wave” and “No Less Than Victory.” All three offer a comprehensive look into the European war theater during World War II.

U.S. Grant

By Joan Waugh, $30

At the time of his death in 1885, and even in the few decades afterward, victorious general and two-term president Ulysses S. Grant was considered on par with Washington and Lincoln as a great American hero. But since his monument in Washington, D.C., was erected in 1922, his reputation has taken a beating. Waugh examines why.

MacArthur’s War 

By Stanley Weintraub, $25.95

Weintraub examines the legacy of Douglas MacArthur, who was seen as nearly single-handedly winning the Pacific Theater during World War II, only to be replaced as commander less than a year into the nation’s next conflict. Weintraub praises the general’s strategic brilliance while examining his missteps.

Union 1812

By A.J. Langguth, $16

The War of 1812 is often overshadowed by the wars that flanked it, the American Revolution and the Civil War. But the 1812 conflict was crucial in deciding if the new American government would control what would become the Midwest and Northeast. Langguth examines the personalities who played a role, including unexpected figures.

Where Men Win Glory

By Jon Krakauer, $27.95

As a safety for the Arizona Cardinals, Pat Tillman was a rising star. But he gave up the road to riches and fame to serve as an Army Ranger in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But this hero’s story has a tragic ending.