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Military History and the University of North Texas Press


The University of North Texas Press was founded in 1987 and published its first book in 1989. Our mandate runs parallel to the mandate of any university, which is to teach, to support scholarly research, and to reach out to the community. We do that by publishing both academic and general interest books useful to the student and general reader alike. To ensure the highest quality publications, everything we publish is peer reviewed and approved by a faculty Editorial Board.

Our commitment to military history began in 1993 with the first book in our War and the Southwest Series, under the series editorship of Richard G. Lowe, Gustav L. Seligmann, and Calvin L. Christman. The series includes first-hand accounts of military experiences by men and women of the Southwest, histories of warfare involving the people of the Southwest, and analyses of military life in the Southwest itself. The Southwest is defined loosely as those states of the United States west of the Mississippi River and south of a line from San Francisco to St. Louis as well as the borderlands straddling the Mexico-United States boundary.

The series includes works involving military life in peacetime in addition to books on warfare itself. It ranges chronologically from the first contact between indigenous tribes and Europeans to the present. The series is based on the belief that warfare is an important if unfortunate fact of life in human history and that understanding war is a requirement for a full understanding of the American past. Books published in the War and the Southwest Series include:

  • Foo: A Japanese-American Prisoner of the Rising Sun - The Secret Prison Diary of Frank "Foo" Fujita
  • Wen Bon: A Naval Air Intelligence Officer behind Japanese Lines in China in WWII
  • An Artist at War: The Journal of John Gaitha Browning
  • The 56th Evac. Hospital: Letters from a WWII Army Doctor
  • CAP Môt: The Story of a Marine Special Forces Unit in Vietnam, 1968-1969
  • "Surrounded by Dangers of all Kinds": The Mexican War Letters of Lieutenant Theodore Laidley
  • Crossing the Pond: The Native American Effort in World War II
  • The Royal Air Force in Texas: Training British Pilots in Terrell during World War II
  • Spartan Band: Burnett's 13th Texas Cavalry in the Civil War
  • The Seventh Star of the Confederacy: Texas during the Civil War

In recent years the UNT Press launched a new series to tie in with the Oral History Program, called North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series. Publications in this series have been adopted as Selections by the Military Book Club and by professors for course use, and include:

  • Rattler One-Seven: A Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's War Story
  • With the Possum and the Eagle: The Memoir of a Navigator's War over Germany and Japan
  • In Hostile Skies: An American B-24 Pilot in World War II
  • Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II

UNT Press is the publisher of Warriors and Scholars: A Modern War Reader, a collection of the best presentations by prominent military historians and veterans invited to the annual Hurley Military History Seminar at the University of North Texas.

UNT Press also publishes American military history in general and western military history and Vietnam War in specific. These titles include:

  • The Alamo
  • At Belleau Wood
  • The Bridges of Vietnam: From the Journals of a U.S. Marine Intelligence Officer
  • Cataclysm: General Hap Arnold and the Defeat of Japan
  • Combat Chaplain: A Thirty Year Vietnam Battle
  • The Diaries of John Gregory Bourke, Volumes 1-4
  • Hell in An Loc: The 1972 Easter Invasion and the Battle That Saved South Viet Nam
  • More Than a Uniform: A Navy Woman in a Navy Man's World
  • Powder and Propellants: Energetic Materials at Indian Head, Maryland, 1890-2001
  • The Road to Safwan: The 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry in the 1991 Persian Gulf War
  • Texas Civil War Artifacts
  • The Twenty-five Year Century: A South Vietnamese General Remembers the Indochina War to the Fall of Saigon

The University of North Texas Press welcomes queries from authors whose manuscripts fit one of our series or otherwise focus on American military history. Direct all correspondence to Ronald Chrisman, Director at Ronald.chrisman@unt.edu.