Ever been in people's houses? Nobody has books anymore. This might be a good thing for the publishing industry. In my field of military history, I have noted a recent uptick in the past 10-15 years of phenomenally high-quality works. As far as literature goes, the only modern author I read is Alexandr Solzhenitsyn so I really can't comment on fiction... though I suppose I read a Salmon Rushdie book a while back that was decent.
As a voracious reader of military-history oriented works, I agree with this completely! Once you sift through all the propaganda and bullshit printed by the usual suspects, there are - believe it or not - STILL many fine new titles. Keeps me busy...
Yes sir, the general public's, even well-educated folks, conception of how war works and what goes on in a battle is hilariously misinformed. Its good to know that there is a fellow mil-hist reader here. A very metal subject of inquiry. I've been obsessed with WW2 since childhood and my shelves sag with an overflow of titles, yet I am still discovering lots of great new stuff that is of fairly recent publication. The Vietnam War has probably seen the most intense changes as far as quality goes, although certain aspects of WW2 have made major breakthroughs as well. Other than official military publications, I've only seen terrible work done about the United States' recent wars in the Muslim world. All this high-quality work is aimed at vary narrow audiences and the authors all seem to have deep respect and reverence for military history, so it is not terribly surprising that they are making worthwhile works.
"Triumph Forsaken" by Mark Moyar is an excellent re-analysis of the early years of American involvement in Vietnam. Revisionism at its finest.
"Last Victory in Russia, the Battle of Kharkov" by George M. Nipe. Great operational view of the Soviet capture of Kharkov and Herr Feldmarschall Manstein's counteroffensive to re-take the city. Nipe is a very skilled Waffen-SS Historian.
A shitload of titles by David M. Glantz notably "Zhukov's Greatest Defeat." All excellent histories of the Ostfront in WW2 using much newly released Soviet archival materials. Uncovers massive casualties and lost battles that were hidden by Soviet 'historians.'
"House to House" by SSgt. David Bellava. A great personal account of the war against the Iraq insurgency from a small-unit perspective. Perfectly illustrates the utterly barbarous world of infantry combat despite the layers of technology that supposedly insulates us from such things.
Edited to add list of good new books.