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Dec. 14, 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU's Citino goes up against Oliver North for Military Book Club bragging rights

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University’s History Professor Robert Citino is about to do battle with Oliver North - at least in the realm of book sales for the Military Book Club.

Citino’s latest book, “The German Way of War” (University Press of Kansas 2005), is one of two selections of the month for the club. The other is “War Stories III: The Men Who Defeated Hitler,” by North.

            “The competition is fierce,” said Citino. “There is no area of historical scholarship that rivals World War II in terms of number of books published.  Clearly the club thinks my book will have broad appeal to their readers, and I couldn't be happier about it.”

If placement in the monthly MBC magazine is any indication, Citino may have an advantage. The description of his book is listed on the first two pages, while North’s is on the following two pages. Of course, that could just be an alphabetical order thing.

“The German Way of War” traces blitzkrieg back to its roots and examines the military philosophy used by Frederick the Great to crush foes twice the size of his forces.  It also offers a complete breakdown of Germany’s war doctrine in the first World War and gives an answer to what made Germany so formidable in WWII.

In its write up about Citino’s book, MBC magazine said that “The German Way of War” ‘provides the best answer we’ve ever read,” for the question of how the Blitzkrieg style of warfare developed.

Citino has written seven books about WWII. Two of his previous books “Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare,” and “Quest for Decisive Victory: From Stalemate to Blitzkrieg in Europe, 1899-1940” have been offered by the Military Book Club and the History Book Club. However, “The German Way of War” marks the first time Citino’s work has been a featured selection.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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