We’re pleased to present Casemate’s Spring 2015 catalog, featuring new and upcoming releases from our own line as well as from our great distribution publishers.
Take a look at all of the great new books by clicking on the image below!
Havertown, PA, November 17, 2014. Philadelphia area based publisher and distributor Casemate is pleased to announce that on January 1, 2015 it will acquire the trade book distributor, International Publishers Marketing of Dulles, VA and that Jane Graf, IPM’s director will join Casemate at that time.
Casemate President David Farnsworth said: “Bringing IPM and their long-time director Jane Graf into the Casemate Group significantly increases our reach and enables us to provide a top-level service to distribution client publishers whose books fall outside of our traditional core subject areas of history, military, archaeology and art. We will now move forward with renewed confidence and enthusiasm knowing that we are offering the best possible solution to publishers looking for expert third party sales, marketing, and distribution in the general trade. In addition to the key talents of the Casemate team – now enhanced by the many years of experience Jane Graf brings – we have our proven eBook sales and marketing operation and our in-warehouse print-on-demand capabilities to place at their disposal as well, all combining to make a very powerful package of services for our current and future distribution clients.”
“This is a marvelous way to celebrate IPM’s 25th anniversary”, said Graf, “as it will expand the market penetration for IPM’s client publishers, and will increase the exposure across North America for their wonderful books. IPM’s motto for years has been “bringing you the best books from around the globe” and this move will allow us to offer our clients an increased level of quality service. We are all very excited and know that the IPM and Casemate clients will benefit from this merger of talents.”
Founded in 2001, the Casemate Group is made up of Casemate Publishers, Oxbow Books, Casemate Academic, Casemate Athena and Casemate Art. In the United Kingdom, Casemate-UK was set up in 2007 and in late 2011 Casemate acquired Oxford UK based Oxbow Books and Oxbow’s US subsidiary The David Brown Book Company (since renamed Casemate Academic.)
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It is with regret that we report the passing of one of our authors last Friday (Nov. 14), Jerry Krizan, who along with co-author Robert Dumont penned an outstanding wartime memoir for us last spring—BAC SI: A Green Beret Medic’s War in Vietnam.
It strikes us as typical of Jerry’s modesty that during the months-long editorial/production process we had no idea he was struggling with cancer. He never said, and we only learned of his demise today. Nevertheless we’ve been ensured by Robert and others that the publication of his memoir brought good happiness to him during his last months.
Born in Detroit and thereafter nearly a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jerry enjoyed a successful career as an accountant for 30 years, from the 1970s onward. He had a terrific family, including his wife Sue and daughter Mary who is a professor of philosophy at University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. His local obituary states:
“He enjoyed gardening, reading, and being a Mr. Fixit. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.”
We at Casemate can perhaps add a little more. Jerry was not always simply a citizen of Kalamazoo. When young, he was also called by our government to Indochina, where he served as a Green Beret with the 5th Special Forces Group near the Cambodian border. Here is an excerpt from his commendation for the Bronze Star (with Valor):
“During a multi-regimental attack on Loc Ninh Special Forces Camp by the North Vietnamese Army using rockets, artillery and ground probes, Sergeant Krizan, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, moved through the explosions and ground fire to aid wounded Camp Strike Force soldiers. Sergeant Krizan exposed himself again when he dragged a wounded soldier from the direct line of enemy fire. When the ground probe became extremely close to actual entrance through the wire and into the camp, Sergeant Krizan was sent to the weakest point in the wire, where he continually exposed himself to the fire in order to better fire his M-16 rifle to halt the enemy advance into the camp. Sergeant Krizan remained in position until all threat was quelled, at which time he returned to the emergency medical bunker to treat the wounded.”
So such was the task of a Green Beret medic on our frontier outposts in Vietnam. The Loc Ninh camp eventually fell to the NVA, but not while Sgt. Krizan was there. It is with pleasure that we see citizens like Jerry honored by the communities in which they’ve been longtime admirable citizens. But at Casemate we realize that gallant individuals such as he often have other stories to tell when called upon to serve their nation.
It was fortunate for us to have been able to tell the story of Jerry (when younger, Sergeant) Krizan.
We’re pleased to announce that Operation Thunderclap and the Black March is now available from Casemate!
IIn this new release, author Richard Allison describes two different aspects of the air war over Europe in World War II – Operation Thunderclap and The Black March – through the eyes of two B-17 crew members. Both crew members, one a co-pilot and the other a gunner, trained together in Mississippi until they were assigned to the 91st Bomb Group in England. Assigned to separate missions during World War II, this book explores both of their stories, one of continuous air combat and the other of capture and life on the ground..
To learn more about this new release, we talked with author Richard Allison about his book:
Why did you write this book?
I wanted to learn about the air war in Europe and I happened to have a trust client who flew combat missions. I had previously written accounts of my own family members experiences in the military, and as my retirement date at the bank approached I asked my client (who by then had become a friend) if I could interview him and do a book about what he experienced during WWII. He said yes, and prior to the first of several tape-recorded sessions, he furnished me with a large box of documents that he had saved and not looked at since 1943-45. When I began putting these documents in chronological order and reading a few of the letters, I got excited – I sensed I had been given a war history treasure chest.
Someone recently asked me if my long experience as a bank personal trust officer helped me in my second career as a writer? I responded yes, it did, as it introduced me to members of The Greatest Generation. I had a number of trust clients, my pilot friend among them, who grew up in affluent circumstances. These clients believed in America and fought alongside everyone else to defend her. I wrote this book as a tribute to my trust clients and all others who served in WWII. They had the wisdom to recognize evil and the physical courage to confront it.
What do you like most about your book? Why should we read it?
I’d prefer to let the reader decide, but if I must, I offer this as an answer: my book presents both “micro and macro” viewpoints. It juxtapositions the very small – the implication, for instance, of the European Theatre of Operations Male Officers’ Uniform, Clothing & Accessory Card in regard to rationing – with the very large – the meaning of the Yalta condition: “Hostile propaganda directed against the contracting parties or against any of the United Nations will not be permitted.” On one level my book is war story action thriller with B-17s and Tiger tanks, etc., and on another, something completely different – an analysis of how 1945 – a critical year in 20th century history — unfolded in Europe on the international level and with such tragic results.
My book also tells the USAAF story through simultaneous eyewitness accounts: what happened in the air over Germany and on the ground.
Finally my book touches on issues existing today: the role of the chaplain corps in the military, how the military medical corps approaches the subject of combat related stress, censorship and – on the periphery — what constitutes a moral war.
Operation Thunderclap and the Black March is also available as an eBook, which you can purchase from the following retailers:
**Download a sample chapter from this great new book here.**
Last week there were tanks, helicopters, airplanes and books all inside a glass-paned convention center as the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) hosted hundreds of defense experts and their military equipment for three days in Washington, DC. Casemate also had the pleasure of attending the Annual Meeting & Exposition where we were able to connect with journalists, authors and readers in the field.
Military men and women, foreign and domestic, came to participate in official AUSA discussions and lectures and visit the countless resources in attendance— all while making time to do some light reading! It was a delight to meet so many of our customers face to face and to hear people’s stories.
As a representative of the AUSA Book Program, Casemate showcased the AUSA-affiliated title, German Fallschirmtruppe by Karl-Heinz Golla and published by Helion & Company. The other publishers in attendance, The University Press of Kentucky and Naval Institute Press, hosted author signings as well as their own AUSA-affiliated titles.
This year’s Military History Weekend was a hit with over 20 different vendors displaying their remarkable toy soldiers and battle scenes. There was also a chance to witness the history of the Jeep with Lee Holland of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA). All of this and more in one weekend on the outskirts of historic Williamsburg, Va.
At the show Casemate’s own Dick Camp, author of Assault from the Sky, gave two great talks describing the landings on Iwo Jima and Peleliu. Camp, a veteran of the Marine Corps, gave gripping and thorough accounts of each of these events offering a real-life view of the sand taken from the beaches for testing.
All in all, a fantastic show shared with many of our familiar readers. We hope that you enjoyed the show too! For more information and photos of the event visit www.mhwshow.com.
We’re excited to announce that Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15 is now available from Casemate.
In this new release, author Thomas McKelvey Cleaver documents the Air Group’s six months at war, with details on their combat tour and daily life aboard the USS Essex during the Pacific War.
To learn more about the research and interest in this topic, we talked to Thomas McKelvey Cleaver about his experience writing this book.
What fascinates you about revisiting the past and bringing it to life in a book?
Michael Connelly once said in an interview that “authors of non-fiction history can bring the dead back to life.” I think that’s true, and I enjoy doing it, particularly when I am able to do so by telling their real story, not the made-up stuff.
When and how did you become interested in Military history?
I grew up in a private “military museum,” of the detritus of war brought back by my ancestors – which at one time included the sword of the Sergeant of the Hessian Guard at Trenton Barracks, taken from him on Christmas Day 1776 by my ancestor – and was curious about it. Also, being interested in airplanes, I would want to know what this or that airplane was used for, which led to reading about the wars they had been in, then asking why that war started, which led to more reading, and so on.
How much research did you do for the book? Can you give us some tips on this?
The one good piece of advice I ever got about writing in the only writing class I ever took is that “writing should be like a bikini – enough to cover the subject.” Research should be the same, perhaps enough for a one-piece instead of a bikini because you have to go through things you may not use in making the bikini, in order to find that out. But also, don’t get paralyzed about it. Too much research is eventually as bad as too little, since it leads to paralysis that one can ever make full use of it. Also, I don’t know of one single writer of non-fiction history who has not found the one thing they would really have liked to have used in the work – a week after the book’s gone to press and no changes can be made! That kind of event forms an entire sub-genre of “writer’s stories.” I have one of my own for “Fabled Fifteen”: the week after I was told there could be no major changes to what was in the manuscript, John Bridger’s son happened to mention while we were talking that his father’s childhood friend and squadron-mate in Bombing 15, Wendell Phillips, was still around. Fortunately (or sadly) for history, it turned out he was one of those who has finally stopped talking about things, but he did tell me briefly that everything that needed to be said had been said by his old friend in his memoir, which I had used for research. But still, my experience of interviews is everyone always has something more to say, and in this case it will never be said. That happens, one lives with it. Nothing is ever perfect.
We’re pleased to announce the release of Henrik Lunde’s newest title A Warrior Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of Sweden as a Military Superpower, 1611-1721.
This book examines the rise of Sweden as the pre-eminent military power in Europe during the Thirty Years War in the 1600’s, and then follows its line of warrior kings into the next century until the Swedes finally meet their demise, in an overreach into the vastness of Russia.
Focusing on the Thirty Years War, which hasn’t been the subject of a book since 1969, Lunde examines the military role of Northern and Eastern Europe from the late sixteenth century to the early eighteenth century.
Ultimately, this book examines how a poor country with a population of only about 1.3 million people was able to become a military superpower against larger and more wealthy countries such as Russia, Poland, the Roman Empire, Bavaria, and Spain.
You can purchase your own copy of A Warrior Dynasty here. The eBook edition is available from all major retailers.
Additional titles by Henrik Lunde: