Treacherous Passage: Germany’s Secret Plot Against the United States in Mexico During World War I

Treacherous Passage: Germany’s Secret Plot Against the United States in Mexico During World War ITreacherous Passage: Germany’s Secret Plot against the United States in Mexico during World War I by Bill Mills
ISBN: 1612348548
Published by Potomac Books on January 1, 2017
Genres: History, Latin America, Mexico, Military, World War I, United States, 20th Century, Espionage, Sabotage
Pages: 256

The infamous Zimmerman telegram proposed a military alliance between Germany and Mexico if the USA entered the Great War. The secret diplomatic communication sent by the German Foreign Office was intercepted, deciphered, and revealed to the American public by British intelligence and caused a furor in 1917. What was not then publicly known was how extensive German clandestine operations were in Mexico. These included training an embryonic German-Mexican invasion force, dispatching saboteurs to the U.S., planning submarine bases on the western coast of Mexico, and an idea to launch sea raiders from the port of Mazatlán to attack merchant shipping in the Pacific.

Author Mills weaves a lively story of German Consul Fritz Unger, head of the powerful trading house Melchers Sucesores, and his efforts in Mexico that were thwarted by a top American spy who was a trusted member of the German secret service there. A cast of colorful characters provide drama and intrigue that reads more like a novel but is true history.

Reviewed by Dana Lombardy, publisher of WWOI

America in World War I: The Story and Photographs

America in World War I: The Story and PhotographsAmerica in World War I: The Story and Photographs by Donald M. Goldstein
ISBN: 1574886150
Published by Potomac Books on May 3rd 2005
Genres: Military, United States
Pages: 208

Len's Summary: The eighth in Brassey's "America Goes to War" series. Profusely illustrated, pedestrian text.

Kitchener’s War: British Strategy from 1914-1916

Kitchener’s War: British Strategy from 1914-1916Kitchener's War: British Strategy from 1914-1916 by George H. Cassar
ISBN: 1574887092
Published by Potomac Books on October 1st 2005
Genres: Great Britain, Military, Strategy
Pages: 368

Len's Summary: How Lord Kitchener, a British icon, built the army that contested and won The Great War.

Theodore Roosevelt and World Order: Police Power in International Relations

Theodore Roosevelt and World Order: Police Power in International RelationsTheodore Roosevelt and World Order: Police Power in International Relations by James R. Holmes
ISBN: 1574888846
Published by Potomac Books on April 1st 2007
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, International Relations, Political Science, United States
Pages: 336

Len's Summary: A new look at Roosevelt's "Big Stick" policies, the Roosevelt Corollaries to the Monroe Doctrine and American imperialism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The author is a former naval officer and a Ph.D. graduate of the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Duffy’s War: Fr. Francis Duffy, Wild Bill Donovan, and the Irish Fighting 69th in World War I

Duffy’s War: Fr. Francis Duffy, Wild Bill Donovan, and the Irish Fighting 69th in World War IDuffy's War: Fr. Francis Duffy, Wild Bill Donovan, and the Irish Fighting 69th in World War I by Stephen L. Harris
ISBN: 1574886517
Published by Potomac Books on October 1st 2006
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military
Pages: 462

Len's Summary: A third book by Harris (a frequent speaker at WFA seminars) on New York National Guard regiments in on the Western Front.

Trial by Gas: The British Army at the Second Battle of Ypres

Trial by Gas: The British Army at the Second Battle of YpresTrial by Gas: The British Army at the Second Battle of Ypres by George H. Cassar
ISBN: 1612346901
Published by Potomac Books on December 15th 2014
Genres: Great Britain, Military
Pages: 344

Len's Summary: Focuses on the second half of this April 1915 battle: the engagements at Frezenberg Ridge and Bellewaard Ridge. The author teaches at Eastern Michigan University and specializes in WWI.

Harlem’s Hell Fighters: The African-American 369th Infantry in World War I

Harlem’s Hell Fighters: The African-American 369th Infantry in World War IHarlem's Hell Fighters: The African-American 369th Infantry in World War I by Stephen L. Harris
ISBN: 9781574883862
Published by Potomac Books on June 6th 2003
Genres: History, Military, General, World War I, Social Science, Ethnic Studies
Pages: 302

Len's Summary: By the author of Duty, Honor, Privilege — New York City’s Silk Stocking Regiment and the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line. Look for a review by Doug Fisher in a future issue of ‘Stand To!’

The Meinertzhagen Mystery: The Life and Legend of a Colossal Fraud

The Meinertzhagen Mystery: The Life and Legend of a Colossal FraudThe Meinertzhagen Mystery: The Life and Legend of a Colossal Fraud by Brian Garfield
ISBN: 1597970417
Published by Potomac Books on January 1st 2007
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Historical, Military, Science & Technology, History, Middle East, General, Nature, Birdwatching Guides
Pages: 386

Len's Summary: Lt. Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen (1878-1967) got his start as a politically- and socially-connected British Army intelligence officer chasing Paul von Lettow Vorbeck around the East Africa bush. Later, invalided out of Africa, he was assigned to MI7 in Cairo, and claimed authorship of the legendary “haversack ruse” of 1917. A committed Zionist, Meinertzhagen was a flamboyant player in the Middle East in the inter-war years, a noted ornithologist, founder of the post-war Anglo German Fellowship, and intimate of Winston Churchill, T. H. Lawrence and Chaim Weizmann. He also perpetrated scientific fraud, was a tireless self-promoter and may have even murdered his wife. Fittingly, this lively tale is authored by a past president of the Mystery Writers of America.

Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army of America in the Great War

Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army of America in the Great WarFruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War ISBN: 1597972738
Published by Potomac Books on December 1st 2008
Genres: Military, United States, Women's Studies, World War I
Pages: 352

Len's Summary: From 1917 to 1920 the Women’s Land Army (WLA) mobilized women from all walks of life to take over farm work from men drafted into the army. The WLA was deeply rooted in the political and social movements of the late Progressive Era and mirrored changing gender roles in 20th century America.

Tirpitz: Architect of the German High Seas Fleet

Tirpitz: Architect of the German High Seas FleetTirpitz: Architect of the German High Seas Fleet by Michael Epkenhans
ISBN: 9781574887327
Published by Potomac Books on March 30th 2008
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, History, Europe, Germany, World War I, Naval
Pages: 107

Len's Summary: A biography of Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) whose long career took him from naval command to the postwar Reichstag.

Petain: Verdun to Vichy

Petain: Verdun to VichyPetain: Verdun to Vichy by Robert Bowman Bruce
ISBN: 1574885987
Published by Potomac Books on September 1st 2008
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, History, Europe, France, World War I, World War II
Pages: 150

Len's Summary: A short biography by the winner of the WFA 2004 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize.

Tannenberg: Clash of Empires 1914

Tannenberg: Clash of Empires 1914Tannenberg: Clash of Empires 1914 by Dennis E. Showalter
ISBN: 1574887815
Published by Potomac Books on April 1st 2004
Genres: World War I, Battle History, Diplomacy and Politics
Pages: 432

Len's Summary: 1914 on the Eastern Front. Especially good on the evolution of the German-Russian rivalry.