Military History Conference Features Many AUSA Authors

Military History Conference Features Many AUSA Authors

Thursday, April 25, 2024

The Book Program was in great company at the annual meeting of the Society for Military History (SMH), which took place in Arlington, Virginia, from April 18 to 21.

Over 900 prominent scholars, soldiers, and citizens interested in military history gathered at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, for the 90th Annual Meeting of SMH. The event featured 136 panels discussing a broad range of military history, over two dozen exhibitors, and awards to recognize scholarship and service.

The US Army was well represented at the event, featuring panelists and moderators from the Army War College, the US Army Command and General Staff College, the US Military Academy, the US Army Center of Military History, Army University Press, and Army Futures Command.

In addition to scores of panels highlighting the latest research, the meeting included several roundtable discussions on professional topics for historians such as book publicity and marketing, open-access publishing, professional military education, and public outreach through museums.

Several AUSA publishing partners were on hand to present their books in the exhibit hall: Casemate Publishers, Naval Institute Press, Osprey Publishing, Potomac Books, and University Press of Kentucky.

Those publishers displayed titles from AUSA authors, many of whom attended the conference. Several were represented in panels as well as the exhibit hall, including Hal M. Friedman (War in the American Pacific and East Asia, 1941-1972), Kevin M. Hymel (Patton's Photographs: War As He Saw It), Jon B. Mikolashek (Blood, Guts, and Grease: George S. Patton in World War I), Eric Setzekorn (Arming East Asia: Deterring China in the Early Cold War), and Betsy Rohaly Smoot (Parker Hitt: The Father of American Military Cryptology).

The conference also provided the opportunity to meet with several AUSA authors who have exciting works in progress for the Book Program. Keep an eye out in the months ahead for Steve Zaloga’s reference on US battle tanks; Stephen Bourque’s biography of Tubby Barton, best known for commanding the 4th Infantry Division in World War II; and Arthur Coumbe’s history of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

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