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Readings in American military history

Author: James M Morris
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, ©2004.
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"This reader is designed for courses in American military history or as collateral reading in American history survey courses. It includes selections in the field from the colonial period through September 11, 2001-- America's second "day of infamy"--That date after which the nation's armed forces have come face to face with challenges to America's security without precedent in the annals of their rich and colorful  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Military history
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Readings in American military history.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, ©2004
(OCoLC)659356875
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James M Morris
ISBN: 013182516X 9780131825161
OCLC Number: 51566275
Description: ix, 401 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Chapter I. Colonial wars. --
The siege of Louisbourg / Eric Niderost. --
The colonial militia as a social institution: Salem, Massachusetts, 1764-1775 / Ronald L. Boucher --
Chapter II. Wars for independence, 1763-1815. --
George Washington, general / Thomas Fleming --
The Battle of Lake Erie: a narrative / Gerard T. Altoff --
Chapter III. Evolution of the American military, 1915-1960. --
Officers and politicians: the origins of army politics in the United States before the Civil War / William B. Skelton --
The Veracruz Expedition of 1847 / K. Jack Bauer --
Chapter IV. The Civil War, 1861-1862. --
Civil War weapons and tactics / John K. Mahon --
The bloodiest day: the Battle of Antietam / Stephen W. Sears --
Chapter V. The Civil War, 1863-1865. --
Shutting the gates of mercy: the American origins of total war, 1860-1880 / Lance Janda --
The military leadership of North and South / T. Harry Williams --
Chapter VI. Military arm of an expanding nation. --
No more cold harbors: issues in tactics, 1865-1880 / Perry D. Jamieson --
Our first Southeast Asian War / David R. Kohler and James Wensyel --
Chapter VII. World War I, 1914-1918. --
Iron general / Thomas Fleming --
The unreal city: the trenches of World War I / Robert Cowley --
Chapter VIII. The interwar years, 1919-1939. --
Innovation in the U.S. Army, 1917-1945 / David E. Johnson --
The "industrial-military complex" in historical perspective: the interwar years / Paul A.C. Koistenen --
Chapter IX. World War II: European theater, 1939-1945. --
Imperfect victory at Falaise / Flint Whitlock --
Evolution of U.S. strategic bombing of urban areas / Conrad C. Crane --
Chapter X. World War II: Pacific theater, 1939-1945. --
The Dorn Report --
The epic battle of Leyte Gulf, 1944 / Thomas J. Cutler --
Chapter XI. Cold War and Korea, 1945-1960 --
The Korean War: a fresh perspective / Jarry G. Summer, Jr. --
Truman fires MacArthur / David McCullough --
Chapter XII. Cold War and Vietnam, 1960-1975. --
The Vietnam War, 1964-1969: a Chinese perspective / Xiaoming Zhang --
How we lost the war / Phillip B. Davidson --
Chapter XIII. Continued challenges and commitments, 1976-1991. --
The mother of all battles / Norman Friedman --
From Instant Thunder to Desert Storm: developing the Gulf War air campaign's phases / Diane T. Putney --
Chapter XIV. New threats for the twenty-first century, 1992-. --
Somebody else's Civil War / Michael Scott Doran --
Are we really at war? / Gary D. Solis.
Responsibility: edited by James M. Morris.

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"This reader is designed for courses in American military history or as collateral reading in American history survey courses. It includes selections in the field from the colonial period through September 11, 2001-- America's second "day of infamy"--That date after which the nation's armed forces have come face to face with challenges to America's security without precedent in the annals of their rich and colorful record of service to the nation. The editor has chosen 28 selections from the abundant field of military history in order to allow military history instructors to select subjects which best fit their approaches to the study of America's military past. Some are descriptive, some are analytical, some are both. All provide the student with a close-up view of warfare, strategy, tactics, and command decisions that have shaped the country's rich and crucial military engagements on American and foreign soils and seas"--Page [4] of cover. Our first Southeast Asian war / David R. Kohler and James Wensyel -- ch. 7. World War I, 1914-1918. Iron general / Thomas Fleming -- The unreal city : the trenches of World War I / Robert Cowley -- ch. 8. The interwar years, 1919-1939. Innovation in the U.S. Army, 1917-1945 / David E. Johnson -- The "industrial-military complex" in historical perspective : the interwar years / Paul A.C. Koistenen -- ch. 9. World War II : European Theater, 1939-1945. Imperfect victory at Falaise / Flint Whitlock -- Evolution of U.S. strategic bombing of urban areas / Conrad C. Crane -- ch. 10. World War II : Pacific Theater, 1939-1945. The Dorn report -- The epic Battle of Leyte Gulf, 1944 / Thomas J. Cutler -- ch. 11. Cold War and Korea, 1945-1960. The Korean War : a fresh perspective / Harry G. Summers, Jr. -- Truman fires MacArthur / David McCullough -- ch. 12. Cold War and Vietnam, 1960-1975. The Vietnam War, 1964-1969 : a Chinese perspective / Xiaoming Zhang.

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