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A People's History of the U.S. Military

Ordinary Soldiers Reflect on Their Experience of War, From the American Revolution to Afghanistan
Bellesiles, Michael A. (Book - 2012 )
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In A People's History of the U.S. Military, historian Michael A. Bellesiles draws from three centuries of soldiers' personal encounters with combat-through fascinating excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, as well as audio recordings, film, and blogs-to capture the essence of the American military experience firsthand, from the American Revolution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military service can shatter and give meaning to lives; it is rarely a neutral encounter, and has contributed to a rich outpouring of personal testimony from the men and women who have literally placed their lives on the line. The often dramatic and always richly textured first-person accounts collected in this book cover a wide range of perspectives, from ardent patriots to disillusioned cynics; barely literate farm boys to urbane college graduates; scions of founding families to recent immigrants, enthusiasts, and dissenters; women disguising themselves as men in order to serve their country to African Americans fighting for their freedom through military service. A work of great relevance and immediacy-as the nation grapples with the return of thousands of men and women from active military duty- A People's History of the U.S. Military will become a major new touchstone for our understanding of American military service.
Authors: Bellesiles, Michael A.
Title: A people's history of the U.S. military
ordinary soldiers reflect on their experience of war, from the American Revolution to Afghanistan
Publisher: New York : The New Press, c2012.
Characteristics: 375 p. ;,24 cm.
Contents: The American Revolution
The War of 1812
The Mexican War
The Civil War
Indian wars
The wars of empire
World War I
World War II
Cold Wars: Korea and Vietnam
Iraq and Afghanistan.
Local Note: 1 15 53 118 122 148 172 193 210 211 226 242 244
ISBN: 9781595586285
1595586288
Statement of Responsibility: Michael A. Bellesiles
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: United States History, Military. Soldiers United States Diaries. Soldiers United States Anecdotes. Soldiers' writings, American. United States Armed Forces Diaries. United States Armed Forces Biography Anecdotes.
Topical Term: Soldiers
Soldiers
Soldiers' writings, American.
LCCN: 2012012226
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