Society for Military History is the home for military historians world wide. Each year it identifies a short list of distingushed books
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The Distinguished Book Awards recognize the best book-length publications in English on military history, whether monograph, bibliography, guide, or other project copyrighted in the previous three calendar years. Awards are given out at the Society's annual meeting the spring following the competition.
2011 Distinguished Book Awards:
- Chad L. Williams, Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era
- Peter H. Wilson, The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy
- John MacFarlane, Triquet’s Cross: A Study of Military Heroism
- Clifford J. Rogers, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology