The 2018 NYMAS
 Book Award

The winner of the year's Arthur Goodzeit Book Award is:

Futile Exercise? The British Army’s Preparations for War, 1902-1914,

by Simon Batten.
Warwick, Eng.: Helion /
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2018.

The 2018 NYMAS
Civil War Book Award

The winner of the year's Eugene Feit Award  in Civil War Studies is:

The War for the Common Soldier:
How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies

by Peter S. Carmichael.

Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018.

Winners of The Arthur Goodzeit Book Award

The Arthur Goodzeit Book Award was instituted in 1991. The Award was named after the late Arthur Goodzeit, a long-time member of NYMAS and first editor of the NYMAS Newsletter. It has been awarded annually to an original work in military history which in the opinion of the members of the NYMAS editorial committee is of unusual value.

The winners have been:

  • 1991 - Edward S. Miller, War Plan Orange: The U.S. Strategy to Defeat Japan, 1897-1945 (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991).

  • 1992 - James S. Corum, The Roots of Blitzkrieg: Hans von Seekt and German Military Reform (Lawrence, Ks: University Press of Kansas, 1992).

  • 1993 - Jeffry D. Wert, General James Longstreet: The Confederacy's Most Controversial Soldier (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993).

  • 1994 - Michael D. Doubler, Closing with the Enemy: How GIs Fought the War in Europe, 1944-1945 (Lawrence, Ks: University of Kansas Press, 1994).

  • 1995 - John Prados, Combined Fleet Decoded: The Secret History of American Intelligence and the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II, by John Prados (New York: Random House, 1995).

  • 1996 – David Glantz and Johnathan M. House, When Titans Clash: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1996).

  • 1997 – H .R. McMaster, Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam (New York: Harper-Collins, 1997)

  • 1998 - Paddy Griffith, The Art of War of Revolutionary France, 1789-1802 (Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 1998)

  • 1999 - Richard B. Frank, Downfall : The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire (New York, Random House, 1999)

  • 2000 - David French, Raising Churchill's Army The British Army and the War Against Germany, 1939-45  Oxford University Press, 2 336 pp., ISBN 0-19-820641-0 

  • 2001 - Bernard S. Bachrach, Early Carolingian warfare : prelude to empire  Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2001. xii, 430 p. :map 

  • 2002 - Donald E.Vandergriff, The path to victory : America's army and the revolution in human affairs, Novato, Calif. : Presidio Press, 2002.
    xx, 356 p. ; 24 cm.

  • 2003 - William H. Bartsch, December 8, 1941 : MacArthur's Pearl Harbor  (College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c2003.
    viii, 557 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.)

  • 2004 - Jeremy Black, Rethinking military history, New York, NY : Routledge, 2004, 272pp, 0415275342 (pbk.), 0415275334 (hardback)

  • 2005 - Robert A. Doughty, Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War, Cambridge, Mass. :
    Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005. xiii, 578 p. : maps ; 25 cm. ISBN: 067401880X (alk. paper)

  • 2006 - Ivan’s war : life and death in the Red Army, 1939-1945 by Catherine Merridale, 1st ed.: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2006, xii, 462 p. : ill., maps ;25 cm., ISBN: 0805074554

  • 2007 -Corps commanders of the Bulge : Six American Generals and Victory in the Ardennes by Harold R. Winton ; foreword by Dennis Showalter. : Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2007. : xxiii, 504 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm. ISBN: 9780700615087 (cloth : alk. paper) 0700615083 (cloth : alk. paper)

  • 2008  -Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commanders’ War in Iraq, by Col. Peter R Mansoor (New Have: Yale University Press, 2008}

  • 2009  -Hell to Pay: Operation DOWNFALL and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947, by D. M. Giangreco (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2009) 

  • 2010  -Hitler’s first war : Adolf Hitler, the men of the List Regiment, and the First World War / Thomas Weber. : Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010, ©2010. xvi, 450 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.  ISBN: 9780199233205

  • 2011 -Fighting for MacArthur : the Navy and Marine Corps’ desperate defense of the Philippines / John Gordon: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 2011. Description: viii, 370 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. ISBN: 9781612510576 (hbk. : alk. paper) 1612510574 (hbk. : alk. paper) 9781612510620 (ebook) 1612510620 (ebook)

  • 2012 -The Wehrmacht retreats : fighting a lost war, 1943 by Robert M. Citino. (Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2012)

  • 2013 -Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965 by Pierre Asselin (Oakland, CA, University of California Press, c2013

  • 2014 -The Schlieffen Plan: International Perspectives on the German Strategy for World War I / edited by Hans Ehlert, Michael Epkenhans, and Gerhard P. Gross, with an Engish translation edited by David T. Zabecki.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014

  • 2015 - The Ottoman Endgame: War Revolution and the Making of the Modern Middle East,1908-1923, by Sean McMeekin. New York: Penguin, 2015

  • 2016 - Titan: The Art of British Power in the Age of Revolution and Napoleon, by William R. Nester.  Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016

  • 2017 - The 1929 Sino-Soviet War: The War Nobody Knew by Michael M. Walker.
     University Press of Kansas, 2017, 978-0700623754

  • 2018 - Futile Exercise? The British Army’s Preparations for War, 1902-1914, by Simon Batten. Warwick, Eng.: Hlion / Philadelphia: Casemate, 2018.


Winners of the Eugene Feit Award
 in Civil War Studies

The NYMAS Civil War Book Award was instituted in 2002; it became the Eugene Feit Award in Civil War Studies in 2010 on the passing of Eugene Feit, NYMAS Executive Director from 2005-2010.

The winners of the annual NYMAS Civil War Book Award were

  • 2002 - Gary Gallagher for lifetime achievement (click here for Professor Gallagher's website)

  • 2003 - Archer Jones for lifetime achievement

  • 2004 - The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture / edited by Alice Fahs & Joan Waugh.

  • 2005 - While in the hands of the enemy : military prisons of the Civil War / Charles W. Sanders, Jr., Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press: x, 390 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. ISBN: 0807130613 (cloth : alk. paper)

  • 2006 - Arizona in the Civil War: The California Volunteers, 1861-65, / by Andrew E. Masich,
    University of Oklahoma Press, 384pp, ISBN: 0806137479 ISBN-13: 9780806137476: Hardcover

  • 2007 - James M. McPherson for lifetime achievement

  • 2008  -Lincoln’s Admirals, by Craig Symonds (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008)

  • 2009  -West Pointers and the Civil War: The Old Army in War and Peace, by Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2009)

  • 2010  -The fiery trial : Abraham Lincoln and American slavery / Eric Foner : New York : W. W. Norton & Co, and  Eric Foner and for his lifetime contributions to the field of 19th Century American, Civil War and Global History

  • 2011 -The Union war / Gary W. Gallagher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011. Description: 215 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. ISBN: 9780674045620 (alk. paper) 0674045629 (alk. paper), Nook version

  • 2012 - No award

  • 2013 -Captives in Blue: The Civil War Prisons of the Confederacy /
    Roger Pickenpaugh : University of Alabama Press; 2013.

  • 2014 -Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War / Elizabeth Varon,  Oxford University Press, 2014

  • 2015 - For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862, by Brian R. McEnany. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

  • 2016 - City of Sedition: The History of New York City during the Civil War
    by John Strausbaugh.  New York, Grand Central Publishing, 2016. 

  • 2017 - Civil War Logistics: A Study of Military Transportation by Earl J. Hess, LSU Press, 2017, 13: 978-0807167502

  • 2018 - The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies, by Peter S. Carmichael. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018.

Special Award

2014  - Special Achievement: Cambridge University Press, for their series “Armies of the Great War”

2013  - Rick Atkinson for his lifetime of achievements in military history.

2009  - David M. Glantz, Col., U.S.A. (Ret.) for a lifetime of scholarly contributions to the study of Soviet and Russian military history.


Guidelines for Authors and Publishers
about NYMAS Book Awards
1.  Review copies of titles in military history or affairs may be submitted not later than January 15 of the year following publication.

2.  Complete electronic or PDF editions are also accepted
and may be sent to:

3.  Or, one copy of a book may be sent by USPS, UPS, etc.  to:
Post Office Box 592
115 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10156-0592

4.  Contact information for the author plus the agent, editor or publicity manager including name, voice phone and email address should be clearly attached to the book or in the email with the cyber edition.


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