Glantz is known as a military historian of the Soviet role in World War II.
He has argued that World War II Soviet military history has been prejudiced in the West, which relies too much on German oral and printed sources without being balanced by a similar examination of Soviet source material. He has been criticized for some of his stylistic choices, such as inventing specific thoughts and feelings of historical figures without reference to documented sources in a review about his book on Operation Mars.
1984 Art of War symposium, From the Don to the Dnepr: Soviet Offensive Operations - December 1942 - August 1943, A transcript of Proceedings, Center for Land Warfare, US Army War College, 26-30 March 1984
1985 Art of War symposium, From the Dnepr to the Vistula: Soviet Offensive Operations - November 1943 - August 1944, A transcript of Proceedings, Center for Land Warfare, US Army War College, 29-3 May 1985
1986 Art of War symposium, From the Vistula to the Oder: Soviet Offensive Operations - October 1944 - March 1945, A transcript of Proceedings, Center for Land Warfare, US Army War College, 19-23 May 1986
The Initial Period of War on the Eastern Front, 22 June - August 1941: Proceedings of the Fourth Art of War Symposium, Garmisch, October 1987 (Cass Series on Soviet Military Experience, 2), edited by Colonel David M. Glantz, Routledge (1997) ISBN978-0-7146-4298-7
Captured Soviet Generals: The Fate of Soviet Generals Captured by the Germans, 1941-1945, Aleksander A. Maslov, edited and translated by David M. Glantz and Harold S. Orenstein, Routledge; first edition (2001), ISBN978-0-7146-5124-8
Belorussia 1944: The Soviet General Staff Study, Soviet Union Raboche-Krestianskaia Krasnaia Armiia Generalnyi Shtab, Glantz, David M. (Editor), Orenstein, Harold S. (Editor), Frank Cass & Co, 2001 ISBN978-0-7146-5102-6
Before Stalingrad: Barbarossa, Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941 (Battles & Campaigns), Tempus, 2003 ISBN978-0-7524-2692-1
Battle for the Ukraine: The Korsun'-Shevchenkovskii Operation (Soviet (Russian) Study of War), Frank Cass Publishers, 2003 ISBN0-7146-5278-4
The Soviet Strategic Offensive in Manchuria, 1945: August Storm (2003) ISBN0-7146-5279-2
Atlas and Operational Summary: The Border Battles, 22 June-1 July 1941; daily situation maps prepared by Michael Avanzini, Publisher: David Glantz, 2003
Hitler and His Generals: Military Conferences 1942-1945: The First Complete Stenographic Record of the Military Situation Conferences, from Stalingrad to Berlin, Helmut Heiber and David M. Glantz editors (English edition), Enigma Books; (2005) ISBN978-1-929631-28-5