The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara. The first of a trilogy about the Second World War (historical fiction at its finest!)
Before that? The Shapeshifter by Tony Hillerman.
[FONT="Trebuchet MS"]I do not belong to the school which holds that aggression is to be met by concession. Mine is the opposite creed, which teaches that encroachments must be met at the beginning, and that those who act on the opposite principle are prepared to become slaves. In this case, in particular, I hold concession or compromise to be fatal.[i]--John C. Calhoun of South Carolina[/i][/font]