EMU military expert's book to be club's selection for December
YPSILANTI - Much like a general in war, Eastern Michigan University professor Robert Citino is strategically planning his next invasion. His first strike will be in local bookstores this November when his 336-page book, "The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich" (University of Kansas), hits the shelves.
The book's second theatre of operation will be the Military Book Club in December as one of its featured selections.
"This is a high honor and almost guarantees the book high visibility and sales upon its release," said Citino, EMU's military expert. "I'm seeing my career take off. It's awesome."
In addition, the book will be offered simultaneously as a selection by the History Book Club and will hit the bookstore shelves in November.
The hardcover publication, which talks about the German way of war that's characterized by an extremely high level of aggression, will be available for $34.95 at most bookstores, said the author.
"German officers were trained to find the enemy and attack and keep attacking. They have virtually always been the aggressor (in war), and their successes and failures were due to this way of fighting," said Citino, who characterizes the fighting as "win quickly or not at all."
Citino, a resident of Ypsilanti, has signed with his publisher to write his eighth book, "Death of the Wehrmacht: Fighting a Losing War, 1941-1945."
The last two books, "Quest for Decisive Victory" and "Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm" (2002, 2004, respectively) were both selections of the History Book Club.
Citino won the Paul Birdsall Prize, awarded for the distinguished book of the year in military history from the American Historical Association in January 2005 for "Quest." He also won the Distinguished Book Award for 2004 from the Society for Military History for "Quest."
Citino also is the book review editor of "World War II" magazine, a monthly publication with a circulation of more than 200,000. For more information, contact Citino at 734.487.1018.
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