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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alan Axelrod  

Pen Name: None


Born: in Chicago, Illinois

-- Alan Axelrod on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Axelrod was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Published Works

    Office Superman, Running Press, 2004Patton on Leadership, Prentice Hall Press, 2001Complete Idiot's Guide to World War I, Alpha, 2000The Complete Idiot's Guide to Criminal Investigation , Alpha, 2002Patton (Great Generals), Palgrave Macmillan, 2009Profiles in Leadership, Prentice Hall Press, 2002Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps , Lyons Press, 2010Bradley (Great Generals), Palgrave Macmillan, 2009The Complete Idiot's Guide to 20th-Century History , Alpha Books, 1999The Real History of World War II: A New Look at the Past (Real History Series) , Sterling, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

Office Superman :
ISBN: 0762419717. OCLC Number:

Running Press,. Philadelphia :. ©2004.

Presents twenty-one strategies for becoming and staying a success in the corporate environment, including how to work effectively with bosses, how to solve problems efficiently, and how to deal respectfully with adversaries.

Patton on leadership :
ISBN: 0735202974. OCLC Number:

Prentice Hall,. Paramus, NJ :. ©1999.

Winning leadership principles inspired by the military career of this complex and effective World War II general. Although often deemed abrasive and arrogant, General Patton was a remarkable leader who trained and motivated his men to achieve astounding results. Now Alan Axelrod, an accomplished writer in the areas of both military history and business management, applies Patton's proven leadership principles and competitive tactics to the corporate battlefield. Executives and managers will learn straightforward, practical lessons in dynamic, results-oriented management. Illuminated by Patton's own words, chapters cover how to develop a leadership attitude and image, communicate effectively, establish clear priorities, inspire others, instill loyalty, build a team, coach and mentor, resolve conflict, and sustain optimum performance. And, as a man who regularly was required to overcome his failings or turn them to his advantage, Patton offers an example of excellence within reach of all of us.--From publisher description.

The complete idiot's guide to World War I /
ISBN: 0028639022. OCLC Number:

Alpha Books,. Indianapolis, IN :. ©2000.

For history buffs, students, and anyone interested in the 20th century, this book reveals why World War I began, explores the "guns of August," describes the horrors of trench warfare and the first uses of poison gas, and explains why the Americans were so slow to enter the war. From the eastern front to the west, from Gallipoli to the Marne, from the Lafayette Escadrillo to Lawrence of Arabia, the book tells the whole story of "the war to end all wars."

The complete idiot's guide to criminal investigation /
ISBN: 0028643461. OCLC Number:

Alpha Books,. Indianapolis, IN :. ©2003.

Patton :
ISBN: 0230613926. OCLC Number:

Palgrave Macmillan,. Basingstoke :. [2009]

Profiles in audacity :
ISBN: 0735202567. OCLC Number:

Sterling Pub. Co.,. New York :. ©2006.

In brief vignettes, historian Axelrod pinpoints and investigates the make-or-break event in the lives and careers of some of history's most significant figures. Axelrod reexamines history by answering the fascinating question of why the people who made history made their choices--and conveys the resonance of those choices today. The 46 profiles range from ancient times to the present day and include Cleopatra's decision to rescue Egypt; Washington's decision to cross the Delaware and win; Gandhi's decision to prevail against the British Empire without bloodshed; Truman's decision to drop the A-bomb and end WW II; Rosa Parks' decision to sit in for civil rights; Boris Yeltsin's decision to embrace a new world order; and Flight 93's decision to take a stand against terror.--From publisher description.

Miracle at Belleau Wood :
ISBN: 076276130X. OCLC Number:

Lyons Press,. Guilford, Conn. :. 2010.

Now in paperback!

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The battle that transformed a group of common soldiers into the modern-day Marine CorpsMiracle at Belleau Wood begins in June 1918 at Les Mare Farm in France with just 200 U.S. marines, who spilled their blood to prevail against impossible odds, resisting an overwhelming German force of thousands and turned the battle back against the enemy, saved Paris, saved France, and saved the Allied hope of  victory. Called the Gettysburg of the Great War by many at the time, it rescued America and its allies from almost certain defeat. This book tells the riveting story of the modern marines as America's fiercest and most effective warriors, the world's preeminent fighting elite. Miracle at Belleau Wood is the story of an epoch-making battle--a battle that elevated the Corps to legendary status and forever burned them into the American imagination.  

Praise for Miracle at Belleau Wood


Axelrod brings us back vividly to the shocking casualties of ‘the war to end all wars.' Bing West, author of No True Glory, former Assistant Secretary of Defense


Alan Axelrod has perfectly captured the embodiment of U.S. Marines and their unparalleled Esprit de Corps. ... A must read! Jay Kopelman, author of the best-selling From Baghdad with Love


Axelrod is one of America's great military historians. He's done it this time with riveting non-stop action that reads like the best of Hemingway's frontline reports plus the Marine Corps novels of W.E.B. Griffin. Axelrod pushes you right into the action, onto the battlefield, and never lets up. Paul B. Farrell, JD, PhD, syndicated columnist for Dow Jones's MarketWatch, former Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps


Praise for Patton: A Biography Like Patton at his best: polished, precise, and persuasive. Kirkus Reviews


Bradley /
ISBN: 0230614442. OCLC Number:

Palgrave Macmillan,. New York :. 2008.

Examines the life, strategy, and legacy of General Omar Bradley, who commanded the U.S. 12th Army Group in Europe during World War II, describing his involvement in the D-Day landings in 1944 and his influence in future military victories in Europe.

The complete idiot's guide to 20th century history /
ISBN: 0028633857. OCLC Number:

Alpha Books,. New York :. 1999.

The real history of World War II :
ISBN: 1402740905. OCLC Number:

Sterling,. New York :. ©2008.

Traces the causes of World War II, explores the motivations of important people involved with it, presents the events of the war grouped by the theater in which they took place, and examines its aftermath.

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