Written over 2,500 years ago, The Art of War remains the most famous military treatise of all time. Sun-tzu’s collection of precepts on strategic warfare has yet to be surpassed.
Discover the military campaigns of Napoleon, the secrets of espionage at Bletchley Park and the personal stories from the Western Front with the Folio Society’s wide and fascinating collection of military history books. This collection includes a comprehensive selection on the First and Second World Wars. Each book includes carefully researched photographs and striking original hardback covers. See below for the full list of Folio World War and Military History books.
Unpublished until 1998 because of the Official Secrets Act, Leo Marks's memoir of his time as part of SOE has been acclaimed as one of the greatest accounts of espionage in the Second World War. An unforgettable story of heroism under fire, gallows humour, unswerving loyalty and fatal mistakes.
This best-selling Folio Society edition of David Chandler’s epic military history charts Napoleon’s remarkable progress through the major campaigns of his career and shows that his downfall, when it came, was as dramatic and heroic as his rise.
Before he became famous throughout the world as Lawrence of Arabia, T. E. Lawrence travelled through Britain, France, Syria and Palestine to research his undergraduate thesis on ‘The Influence of the Crusades on European Military Architecture to the End of the Twelfth Century’. Lawrence’s brilliant observations have since been confirmed by modern research.
Writing for ten to twelve hours a day in the lulls between battlefield sorties, Alan Moorehead gathered material for the three books of The Desert War Trilogy, which he published during the war itself. Together they form an electrifying contemporary account of one of the most thrilling and decisive arenas of the Second World War.
By concentrating on the actions and experiences of soldiers rather than on the strategies of generals, The Face of Battle revolutionised our understanding of the nature of combat. At its heart are reconstructions of the battles of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme.
In his engrossing account, Martin Gilbert traces each step of the war’s progression, from the tensions and alliances leading up to it and the first skirmishes on the French and Belgian borders, to the final peacemaking and remembrance. His geographical scope is equally broad, from Mesopotamia and East Africa to the ‘forgotten war’ waged in the Atlantic.
A ‘political turncoat, a dangerous adventurer’; a ‘delightful rogue who lacked political judgement’ – today few people would guess that these were descriptions of one of the most admired statesmen of the 20th century – Winston Churchill. Yet as historian John Lukacs points out, when Churchill took over as Prime Minister in May 1940, he was not well-liked.
The Holocaust is the definitive account of the Jewish genocide, by one of the foremost authorities on the Second World War. This Folio edition features artwork from the period by Jewish artists, as well as a new introduction by author Sir Martin Gilbert.
Sebastian Haffner’s penetrating study helps us understand Hitler’s rise from obscure failure to powerful dictator, examining his motives and his ultimate downfall. Mark Roseman, prize-winning author of books on Nazism, introduces the Folio edition.
The 12th century saw the foundation of the great crusading military orders: the Templars, Knights of Malta and the Teutonic Knights, some of which still survive today. This is a fascinating history of their attempt to fight their way into heaven.