Memorial Day titles highlighted by Manistee County Library staff


Between 1775 and 2022, more than 1,264,702 Americans died in the service of their country; the exact number is unknown, according to market and consumer data website, Statista.

Memorial Day was created to honor those who lost their lives in wartime and was first celebrated after the Civil War in 1868. The Manistee County Library has a list of titles honoring of those who died in the service of the country.


● “1812: the Navy’s War” by George Daughan recounts the battle against the British which took place in the Atlantic, the Pacific and on the Great Lakes.

● Peter Guardino’s “The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American Wars” presents evidence that it was not unity and loyalty that won the war, but America’s wealth. Mexico was unable to compete on equal footing and was overwhelmed by the 19th century American concept of Manifest Destiny, a doctrine that the United States was destined to expand and influence the continent. North American.

● Highlighting central characters, battles, and the history of the riots and the Underground Railroad, Richard Allen Sauers’ “Civil War Chronicle: 150th Anniversary” is a fascinating compilation for any Civil War buff.

“1812: the Navy’s War” by George Daughan recounts the fight against the British that took place in the Atlantic, the Pacific and on the Great Lakes.

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● Focusing on both sides, “The Spanish-American War, 1898” by Albert Nofi offers an in-depth look at new technologies, the Spanish presence in the Caribbean and the Cuban War of Independence, which involved the United States United in war.

● A five-volume set, Spencer Tucker’s “Encyclopedia of the First World War: A Political, Social, and Military History” covers all aspects of the First World War. Drawing on worldwide sources, these books provide a detailed account of this conflict.

● The “World War II Desk Reference” is an indispensable collection of maps, statistics, battles, military personnel and more. Included are the locations of monuments and museums and extracts from letters.

● Using photography to honor soldiers who fought in Vietnam, “Vietnam: The Real War” edited by Pete Hamill of The Associated Press, is a compilation of the work of photojournalists who worked at the Saigon bureau of The Associated Press during the war .

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● To foster a basic understanding of the events of the Gulf War, Zachary Kent wrote “The Persian Gulf War: The Mother of All Battles”. Aimed at young readers, this volume covers the fighting and the aftermath of the conflict.

● Highlighting significant events from 9/11 to 2008, Steve Crawford’s “The War on Terror” includes statistical information, chronological events, maps and more.


● Providing perspectives from both sides, Amy Van Zee’s “War of 1812” presents a comprehensive view of this historic event.

● Investigating nine major battles that took place, Diane Smolinski’s “Key Battles of the Civil War” introduces young readers to war between states.

● Offering information on the many countries involved and technological improvements, Ruth Brocklehurst’s “The Usborne Introduction to the First World War” examines the reasons for the conflict, major battles and global impact in an easy-to-understand format. format.

● Mary Pope Osborne provides factual information and photographs with “World War II: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House Super Edition: “World at War, 1944”. Jack and Annie help readers find answers to questions covering all aspects of the conflict.

● Located in Washington DC, the Vietnam Memorial is a tribute to those who served in this war. “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial” by Muriel Dubois explains how the monument was designed and built, and its value to America.

● Go back in time and make the harrowing decisions that many Americans face after North Korea invaded South Korea. “The Korean War: An Interactive Adventure in Modern History” by Michael Burgan lets the reader choose their path and follow it to the outcome.

The Manistee County Library contains many books and DVDs related to the wars and conflicts our service members have fought in. Other titles are available through MeL, our free statewide interlibrary loan service. Visit our website,, to browse and request items or visit one of the library’s six locations to speak to staff.


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