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Notable: Salutes to soldiers

By COLETTE BANCROFT
Published May 27, 2007


Monday is Memorial Day, and here are three new books that pay tribute to the U.S. military.

What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery and the Civil War (Chandra Manning, Knopf) approaches the still-argued question of the root cause of the War Between the States by examining what the men who fought it believed.

Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern Marine Corps (Alan Axelrod, Lyons) is a bestselling historian's re-creation of one of the devastating and decisive battles of World War I.

Where Valor Rests: Arlington National Cemetery (Rick Atkinson, National Geographic) combines the monument's history and traditions with somberly beautiful photographs.