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East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950 (Military History Series, No 2)
by Roy Edgar Appleman
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 April, 1987)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Can it get any worse?
Having read several books about the Chosin Campaign, I was pleased to finally get the story of what occurred on the East side of the reservoir.Mr. Appleman exaustingly found the details through official Army and Marine combat reports as well as listening to the survivors of this tragic event.The 31st RCT was doomed almost before they started and poor weather, traffic jams, raw Korean recruits, bad luck and command mistakes caused its demise.The Soldiers fought bravely and tenaciously but being out-numbered by as much as 10 to 1 was just too much to overcome.
The author has given us a clear, detailed, hour by hour account
of this heroic but heartbreaking episode in American military history.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hung Out to Die
Never served. I've read plenty of war stories telling of brave men though.This story of the Army's fight trying to get back from the east side of the Chosin Reservoir is the saddest story I've ever read.

Bad plan.Frigid weather.Four straight days and nights under attack in the cold. No help available. Get back on your own, guys. Frostbite. All out of bandages, gasoline, ammunition.Then death in the cold cold night so close to getting back.

I've read this book twice and it effected me even more the second time.


5-0 out of 5 stars Honest, In Depth and Heartbreaking.
I've long been very familiar with the 1st Marine Division's history at the Chosin, but until I read Roy Appleman's book I didn't realize just how much I didn't know about the Army's side of the conflict.This tale of desperation and bravery should be required reading amongst all American service personnel and perhaps even in High Schools. Excellently written, this book holds your attention despite the huge amount of very detailed geographic and unit data presented. ... Read more

Isbn: 0890962839
Sales Rank: 936157
Subjects:  1. Army.    2. Campaigns    3. Changjin Reservoir    4. History - Military / War    5. Korea (North)    6. Korean War, 1950-1953    7. Military - General    8. Military - Korean War    9. Military History (General)    10. Regimental Combat Team, 31st    11. Regimental histories    12. United States    13. United States.   

An Army for Empire: The United States Army in the Spanish-American War
by Graham A. Cosmas
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 June, 1994)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Case Study in American Military Policy
Throughout American military history, the interactions and tensions between the regular Army, militia (National Guard) and the civilian politicians in Washington have plagued efficiency in time of war.Nowhere are these tensions more apparent than in Graham A. Cosmas's seminal study.Do not let the title of this book mislead you, however. This is not a beginning-to-end narrative of the Spanish-American War in the conventional sense. Instead, this is an institutional, administrative, and organizational treatise on military policy, that utilises the Spanish-American War as a case study. Cosmas presents a perspective of the Spanish-American War as viewed from the War Department and never deviates far from that standpoint. Only one chapter tells of the land and naval engagements in the Caribbean and the Philippines. Even here, Cosmas prefers to concentrate more on logistics, than battles. Shortages of everything besides manpower, especially equipment and supplies resinates throughout these pages. The chapter "Sickness and Scandal" tells of the malaria, yellow fever, and dysentery epidemics that ravaged the American Army in Cuba, and the shortage of medical personnel and supplies to treat them. Yet, it is Cosmas's handling of all these crucial themes, at a critical turning point not only in American history, but also the shaping and reforming of American military policy, that makes this book a true classic. Briefly, Cosmas concludes the War Department's conduct of the war was not all mismanagement, negligence and corruption as commonly asserted by previous historians. Rather, the War Department's successes far outweigh its failures.The author weaves grand strategy, civil-military in-fighting, and the age-old debate concerning a regular standing versus citizen army beautifully. Cosmas states that the War Department had a good plan for carrying out the war, however, President William McKinley's meddling fouled it up. McKinley undermined the War Department's contingency plans, argues Cosmas, by expanding the Army twice, and bowing to the pressure of the states to call up the National Guard. The author asserts that had McKinley resisted the political sway of the National Guard proponents, the War Department would have been better able to train and equip a small regular force, thus alleviating chaotic logistical nightmares. In short, military strategy should be conducted my generals, not civilians; even if that civilian happens to be the commander-in chief [first published in 1973, this argument could certainly have mirrored current events in Southeast Asia]. This book is indispensable in gaining a perspective to a crucial period in American military policy. The less inclined may want to digest David Trask's _The War With Spain in 1898_ first though.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Supplemental History
"An Army For Empire" is proof of the saying that, in military matters, amateurs speak of tactics while professionals speak of logistics.Much of this book deals with the history of the organization and supply of the U. S. Army during the Spanish American War.Relatively few pages are devoted to narration of the actual combat.

Much of the story of the preparation of the Army dealt with the sometimes stormy relationships between President McKinley, Secretary of War Alger, Commanding General Of The Army Miles, Adjutant General Corbin, General Shafter, Commander in Cuba, and more minor characters.Cosmas points out the challenges confronting the administration which contributed to the disorganization and poor food for which it was criticized.Legal restrictions on the deployment of National Guard units complicated the recruitment of volunteer troops.Problems arose out of the incompatibility of equipment among the state militias.Political tugs of war between regular and state forces complicated staffing.Limited ordnance production capabilities constrained material accumulation.Shifting war aims introduced inefficiencies into the deployment of troops.The post hostility problems with tropical diseases and their stateside ramifications receive in depth analysis.All in all, Cosmas concludes that the War Department succeeded, by war's end, in developing a suitable Army for Empire.

Cosmas does a good job in explaining how the shifting war aims drove changes in invasion plans.Whereas original debate centered over attacks on Havana or Puerto Rico, the discovery of Adm. Cervera's fleet in Santiago Harbor compelled a landing near Santiago.The reader learns that the seemingly irrational departure of the Spanish fleet from Santiago was done under orders.The resulting destruction of the Spanish fleet cut the army off from its sources of supply and condemned it to either starvation or surrender.

Cosmas show how inefficiencies turned up in unexpected places.Despite the longer trip, the expedition to the Philippines was better organized than the one to Cuba.As things turned out, the Army raised about twice as many volunteer troops as it used.

Having read other books about the Spanish American War, "An Army For Empire" supplemented what I already knew.It tied things together and showed the "whys" behind the "whats".For this it was worthwhile.I thought that the extensive verbage about supply and organization may prove boring, but it never did.I would not recommend this as a first book about the Spanish American war.I do recommend it to deepen the understanding of the mature reader.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Superb History of Logistics, Not the War
For the student of military logistics this work is essential reading. As a history of the Spanish-American War, it is merely adequate. It is the primary objective of the book to cover the U.S. military's preparedness for, and response to, the Spanish-American War. The ebb and flow of battles are secondary to this logistical leitmotif, and are covered with little detail. Accordingly, there is almost more written on military uniform subcontracting than on the battle of San Juan Hill.

One disquieting aspect of the book is the impression Cosmas gives of his utter determination to absolve the U.S. Army of any wrong doing in its preparation for the war. In a number of areas, such as the performance of the Krag-Jorgensen rifle, Cosmas fails to convince. He too easily dismisses complaints about the military establishment as the products of political jealousies and yellow journalism.

Nonetheless, Cosmas' mastery of logistical detail is exceptional, and will make this book required reading for any historian of the war. However, it is not itself a full history of the war. ... Read more

Isbn: 0942597494
Sales Rank: 1496043
Subjects:  1. Army    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. History: American    5. Military - General    6. Military - United States    7. Military History - Modern    8. Spanish-American War, 1898    9. U.S. History - Late 19th Century (1877-1900)    10. United States.   

The Art of War
by Antoine Henri Jomini, Antoine Henri De Jomini, Charles Messenger
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 September, 1996)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Please note!
Although I have yet to read this book in it's whole, all readers and reviewers should take careful note that THIS IS NOT SUN TZU'S 'ART OF WAR'. This book, thought is bares the same title, is not the much more famous work most people think of when mentioning "the art of war". This "Art of War" was written by a different, lesser known military theorist - Jomini. This is a name that is far from mainstream and no where near being as ubiquetous as the work of Sun Tzu. Many reviewers have mistaken this work for the aforementioned asian work which predates this one by more than 1000 years.

Jomini was a contemporary of some other better known names, such as the famed (at least in military circles) Carl Von Clauswitz, whose famous work "On War" is lauded by so many military officers, theorists, as well as philosophers and statesmen alike. Jomini drew many of his ideas from Clauswitz, but indeed differed greatly. Jomini is worth reading for anyone who is interested in military history, theory, strategy and tactics - although personally I would recommend reading Sun Tzu's "Art of War" as well as Clauswitz's "On War" firstly.

5-0 out of 5 stars "War does not make one great"
Said an other eastern philospher, which seems to sum up Sun's thesis that true leadership is achieveing your nation's goals without resorting to war. what is fansinating in this work though is the degree that western and eastern armies differ. While many eastern armies were crushed by the abstract and seemingly faceless beast of the western style (Rome's legions, the British empire, ect.) the West has had trobule countering both the stuborn and flexable nature of Eastern fighting "an army is like a snake, attack its head and the tail will strike you. attack its tail and its head will strike. attack the center and both the head and the tail will strike" (the Persians learned that the hard way at Marthon). The crux of Tzu is that of understanding human nature and how it effects an army. Like general Shermen, he believed that an army has a "soul" and that it is not the death of men or lose of men that win or lose wars, but rather the presivation or devestation of this "soul".
Another point he hits on is the use of unconventinal tatics. Intreastingly, I first came across his work in Once an Eagle, where Sam (the hero) goes to China (in the 40's) and sees first hand the extent that Tzu is revlent in today's world.

4-0 out of 5 stars A classic of military thinking
The Civil War group I belong to structured an entire weekend seminar for hobbyists around Jomini. He's not exciting reading, but his influence on military thinking was profound. The tactics of the American Civil War grow organically out of Jomini and those who interpreted him (especially Mahan, who was one of the principle instructors at West Point prior to the war and an influence on an entire generation of officers who served on both sides). ... Read more

Isbn: 1853672491
Sales Rank: 89282
Subjects:  1. History - Military / War    2. History: World    3. Military Operations    4. Military Science    5. Military art and science   


United States in World War 2: Three Battles, Arnaville, Altuzzo, & Schmidt
by Charles B. MacDonald
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 June, 1993)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Detail
A careful study of battle, and an easy read.Includes section of fold-out maps and photos from the time of battle.

4-0 out of 5 stars HQDA Recommended Reading!
This book is on the HQDA Recommended Reading list! Enjoy! ... Read more

Isbn: 0160613086
Sales Rank: 1266185
Subjects:  1. Military   

Battle Cry of Freedom:The Civil War Era
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (21 January, 1989)
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Published in 1988 to universal acclaim, this single-volume treatment of the Civil War quickly became recognized as the new standard in its field. James M. McPherson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for this book, impressively combines a brisk writing style with an admirable thoroughness. He covers the military aspects of the war in all of the necessary detail, and also provides a helpful framework describing the complex economic, political, and social forces behind the conflict. Perhaps more than any other book, this one belongs on the bookshelf of every Civil War buff. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rally 'Round The Flag, Boys!
The best single volume history of the Civil War ever written, James McPherson's BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM was an instant critical and popular classic and a Pulitzer Prize winner upon its publication in 1998.

It seems impossible, but McPherson manages to shoehorn virtually every element of Civil War America between the covers of this book. That he does so evenhandedly and without losing the narrative thread for even a moment is amazing.

McPherson is a natural-born writer and historian whose ability to give the "right" weight to each of the thousands of issues raised in this book is nothing short of gifted. This book made his reputation as the preeminent Civil War historian of the last twenty years.

BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM is incredibly dense, with so much information packed on a single page that certain sections could be expanded into books unto themselves, very easily. A spectacularly researched volume, footnotes pepper every page, most from primary materials.

Despite the density of the material, the book's narrative flow is colorful and vital. The smell of cordite is thick in the air of Antietam, the flames dance in brownstone windows during the New York Draft Riots, Abe Lincoln sits preoccupied at the War Department tapping out telegrams to McClellan demanding immediate action by the Army of the Potomac, and Marse Robert watches the Confederate sun set over Appomattox with a heavy heart touched with conviction to be a good citizen of the remade American experiment.

BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM was more recently (2003) rereleased in an ILLUSTRATED coffee-table edition. McPherson edited about a fifth of the text and removed the footnotes and bibliography. The illustrations, whether photographs, paintings, political cartoons or documents, add to the experience of reading this splendid history.

Whichever edition you choose you will be pleased!

5-0 out of 5 stars Succinct...really!
Compared to ol' Shelby and others, this is actually written economically in terms of word count for the amount of data MacPherson covers.This is the clearest you'll see the inevitable buildup to war, North and South, from the earliest time of the republic until the Civil War.Never before have I seen the reasons for the war laid out with such clarity for the reader, mainly: slavery and the power the slave states saw as waning due to more and more free territories entering the union.The South did rule the U.S., until the Civil War, especially in areas of the slave trade.It was the southern states that wanted the "negroes as 3/5 of a person" crap in the Constitution, and all the other slavery evil.MacPherson covers all with an entertaining and constantly action-paced, fresh approach.This is has become my favorite Civil War history of all time.I recommend this book to anyone that wants to get "caught up" on the Civil War, 'cause at only 800+ pages - for the breadth of info covered - you're getting the lesson as a sweet read that will educate and satisfy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't miss the forrest for the trees!
I picked up this book to get a better understanding of the Civil War in general.I wanted a book that covered everything.Well be careful what you wish for!This book covers seemingly EVERYTHING.So much in fact, that I feel like I already forget some of the bigger points of the conflict because I'm focusing on some minute detail... for example Sickles (who lead Union troops in Gettysburg) was the first man in the US to successfully plead Not Guilty by reason of temporary insanity.Interesting?Sure.A necessary part of a broad Civil War education?Probably not.Overall, this is a great (albeit challenging) read.Stay focused, and try to separate out the important from the trivial and you should get a lot out of it! ... Read more

Isbn: 0345359429
Subjects:  1. 1861-1865, Civil War    2. Campaigns    3. Civil War, 1861-1865    4. History    5. History - Military / War    6. History: American    7. Military - United States    8. United States    9. United States - Civil War    10. History / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)   

The Challenge of Command: Reading for Military Excellence (West Point Military History Series)
by Roger H. Nye
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 February, 1986)
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5-0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL
By all means this text is essential to your quest to become a leader. Although slotted for an outlook more akin to officers; I would highly recommend this book to enlisted members as well. As an NCO myself this book was incredibly insightful and has definitely furthered my career as a member of the military. If only more officers would read this book the Arms would be a much better, and effective, entity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reading for every officer
This book is essential reading for all those who are or hope to someday be military leaders.It utilizes philosophy, ethics, and morals in its discussion of an ideal leader.it is versatile in that it can be usedearly in an officer's career to guide him, or later, to refine him. "The Challenge of Command" should be required reading of allofficers and officer candidates.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading for leaders, mentors, and thinkers.
Roger Nye's book comes from real world experiences, his own and others.It reflects a lifetime of study, intellectual thought, and discourse with some of the best leaders and thinkers of our time.The is a guide formentors because Roger Nye was a beloved mentor to military leaders fromcadets to generals.This book has timeless value because it encourages thepursuit of the highest principles and standards.It does this by providingreferences, resources, and examples that can further expand the reader'sunderstanding and development. Though the content of this book is writtenfor the military leader and commander, it clearly has application and valueto the non-military leader and chief executive officer.Having had theopportunity and blessing to be mentored by Roger Nye before, during, andafter the writing of this book, I can say that my bias for Roger's work hasbeen validated by my life's experiences. ... Read more

Isbn: 0399528040
Sales Rank: 16452
Subjects:  1. History - Military / War    2. Military    3. Military - General    4. Military Science   


Summons of the trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam in perspective
by Dave Richard Palmer
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Unknown Binding (1978)

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of Vietnam War
Palmer's book was one on the first I have ever read on Vietnam, and remains one of the best.It is mostly concerned with overall strategy and campaigns; less with individual battles and operations.The book severely criticizes the Johnson Administration (with a particular venom for Robert McNamara) but is much more positive about Nixon.The author's attitude towards the South Vietnamese government and Army is critical but quite fair, and he gives the North Vietnamese their due.This is not really a book about American military performance, and does not really mention problems within the military, such as drug abuse, racial incidents, massacres, etc., but he does believe that any problems were a result of having a bankrupt political/military strategy.A few OK maps, no photographs or footnotes, but a nice bibliographical essay.All in all, a very good short introduction but certainly not a complete history of the war.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Overview
I was looking for a good overview book of the Vietnam War and this really fit the bill. The author put together a well thought out, easy to read and well-written book that does a good job of giving the reader the high points. The author was a solder in the combat and spent a number of years in the military so he has an authoritative position to speak from. He does a great job of keeping the book away from being overly laden with military jargon or the Rambo style of combat writing.The book is focused on the American effort and thus skims the pre U.S. troop entry into the war. If you are looking for a deeper history on the start of the war with the French or the overall American involvement in Asia then this book will disappoint.

The treatment he gave to the major battles was good. He presented an easy to follow account of the battle, what lead up to it and the outcome. He also touched on some of what was happening back home with the politics, but only briefly. I think the most interesting parts of the book for me was the details of the air war, more specifically how the bombing kept escalating and then the final bombing push by Nixon.My only complaint with the book is that it was an overview that was a bit too light on the facts for me. The book was only 270 pages long, and book size do not necessary determine quality, this book could have been a little bit more in-depth. It seemed to me that to get a better understanding a few more pages could have been added without the overview turning into a in depth study.

5-0 out of 5 stars One word: Excellent
Summons Of The Trumpet definately stands out as one of the best books written about America's role in Vietnam. This book doesn't deal with what the French did, it's about America In Vietnam.

Palmer presents a view that very few writers on the war in Vietnam present in other histories about America's involvment in Southeast Asia.

If you're a student or someone just interested in America's involvment in Vietnam, this is the best place to start. ... Read more

Isbn: 0891410414
Sales Rank: 805449

Supplying War : Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton
by Martin van Creveld
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (12 December, 1979)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Accountants, Gamblers and Thieves
Studying this book one gets the distinct impression that some of the most acclaimed military men in history were gamblers with a lucky streak or in other words very successful thieves, who solved their own supply problems by stealing it.

That is how Napoleon did it while he was winning, but when he organized his own supply for the Russian campaign he lost. Likewise the Prussian general staff got a reputation for perfect planning while in the field the army operated by chaotic requisition. The Schlieffen plan was unworkable from the start, Patton won by stealing from his neighbor units and ignoring the supply bureaucrats and Rommel overextended himself without a chance of winning ...

Interesting perspectives that give lot of food for thought - even if they may be somewhat biased. For example when Creveldt blames the German general stuff for not preparing the Russian campaign properly he claims that Hitler 's decisions made sense ....

It is a pity that the book stops in 1944; Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf war would be very interesting by comparison.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best book about the history of logistics
Martin Van Creveld provides an interesting overview of how logistics influenced the outcome of miltitary operations. The first part of the book deatils warfare during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the armies had to keep advancing in order in replemish their supplies. If the army stayed in the same area over a large amount of time such as Napoleon's army in Moscow, than the army would run out of supplies. This situation did not change during the Franco-Prussian War in which the Prussian army had to scrounge for food at the outskirts of Paris. All though food remained a problem for the armies there was always a plentiful supply of ammunition since armies of the 18th and 19th centuries expended very little of it. Martin Van Creveld makes some surprising claims in the later part of the book describing twentieth century warfare. Martin Van Creveld believes that the Schlieffen Plan was doomed to failure because of the logistical constraints of the German army. Because most of supplies delivered to the German army were by rail, the desturuction of the railways impeded their advance. Also German planners made no plans to deal with the massive traffic jams in Belgum. The next chapter Van Creveld has an revisionist appraisal of the Germany invasion of Russia in 1941. Van Creveld believes that Germany had the supplies to deal with winter warfare but the inability to transport them across Russia. Due to the difference between German and Russian rail tracks and maintance problems of German engines the supplies never reached the front. Van Creveld strongly criticizes Rommel's handling of the North Africam campaign. Rommel advance to far for his supplies to be replenished. The problem of supply duirng the North African War was that the supplies had to be delivered by trucks that were highly vulnerable to air attack. When Rommel tried to solve the problem by taking Tobruk, he only made matters worse. The ships that arrived at Tobruk were in range of Allied aircraft and as a result sunk. The final Chapter, Van Creveld evaluates Allied operations in Western Europe. Van Creveld believes that Patton's success had to due with the fact that Patton ignored logistic officer's plan for a slow a orderly pace but instead took advantage of the situation to advance quickly. Van Creveld theorizes that Montgomery's narrow front approach could have logistically reached Northwest Germany but were have not captured Berlin. I would highly reccomend this book for anyone who wants a new and interesting perspective about operations during the First and Second World Wars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is really a number of books in one. It is not very long some 240 pages but it is easy to read and challenging. It is the first book that I have ever seen published on logistics and it is fascinating.

First and foremost it is a picture of the changing pattern of war. It describes in the first chapter the sorts of campaigns which were run until the time of Napoleon. In those days ammunition would be the most minor problem for an army. Most soldiers could carry enough ammunition in their back pack for a campaign and in a major battle they would fire perhaps twenty or thirty times. In a siege a cannon might fire four or five times a day. The major problem was the provision of food for men and horses. Generally an army could take from the country enough to feed itself. Problems arose if an army stayed in place for any time. A siege would have the power to destroy an area of country by stripping it of everything edible. For these reason there developed a system of magazine storage for siege campaigns.

The next chapter discusses the Napoleonic period and the failure to set up a logistics system in Russia despite careful planning. This led to enormous French casualties and the collapse of the campaign.

The rest of the book looks at the Franco-Prussian War, the Schlieffen Plan , the German operations on the Eastern Front in the Second World War, the African Campaign and the operations in France following the break out from the initial beach heads. In discussing these campaigns the author charts the gradual change in logistics. The development of railway systems and integrating them into providing supplies. The development of modern weapons and the increase in the demand for ammunition and for fuel. The importance of motorised transport and the problems created in providing oil and spare parts.

Each of the campaigns discussed is done so in a way that brings new light onto the mechanics of the campaign and in our ability to understand what happened. The Russian campaign is fascinating as it shows how tough was the problem faced by the Germans. They were able to cobble together large numbers of trucks to supply their troops but were never in the position to replace them once they began to wear out. The amount of ammunition stockpiled was also barely enough for a campaign of four weeks. The German effort in doing as well as they did was incredible but once the Soviets were able to hang on through the initial period then the odds started to swing their way. Germany's supply problems were shown by their in ability to supply winter uniforms and this led to massive casualties from frost bite.

One of the most fascinating chapters is on Rommel and his campaigns. The material in the book has been quoted elsewhere. In previous times it has been thought that Rommel failed in Africa because of the allies intercepted supply conveys and sunk material on route. The book shows that supplies to Africa were not the problem. The problem in supplying Rommel related moving those supplies the enormous distances to the front. The book suggests that the German High Command knew that this would be a problem and they ordered Rommel to restrict any advances. As we know he disobeyed these orders and won a number of significant victories against the British. What the book shows is that although a tactical genius he had little grasp of strategy.

The book is fascinating and everyone who is interested in the subject of military history should read it. ... Read more

Isbn: 0521297931
Sales Rank: 145257
Subjects:  1. Europe - General    2. History    3. History - General History    4. Logistics    5. Military - Strategy    6. Military art and science    7. Military history, Modern    8. Reference    9. Europe    10. European history (ie other than Britain & Ireland)    11. History / Europe / General    12. War & defence operations   

The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy
by Russell Frank Weigley
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 September, 1977)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Study
The material on Washington's strategy during the Revolution was excellent and showed that he actually pursued a brilliant strategy. Likewise, the analysis of the Civil War convincingly contradicted what I had learned about Grant and Lee's strategic abilities during college.Weigley also wrote the first really good analysis of the strategy of World War II that I have read.He discusses Jomini, Mahan, and others who influenced American military strategy.

The only gripe I have about the book is that the discussion of American strategy in a nuclear world got into too much detail of budgets and bureaucracy.Also, the discussion of Vietnam is weak, but that can be excused since he did not have the advantage of highsight (the book being published in 1973).

Overall an excellent and thought-provoking study of the evolution of American military strategy.

4-0 out of 5 stars What in the Name of George S. Patton?
Well I just received my copy of The American Way of War by R. F. Weigley today, and full well admitting the fact up front that I have not yet read the book, I already have a problem with it. The cover is BRIGHT PINK!!! Now I don't mean to be either crass, unimaginative or unappreciative, but what was the publisher thinking? I mean BRIGHT PINK? Maybe for a book on cooking utensils okay, but for a book on America's war fighting methods? I would have expected perhaps blood red (as the depiction on the website looks) or maybe O.D. Green, or better yet woodland camouflage scheme. Does the pink cover contain some secret meaning? Perhaps alluding to the DoD's rather recent fangled "Dont-ask-Dont-tell" policy? We shall see I guess. Now I know you're not suppose to judge a book by its cover, but I think I will break out the tape and scissors, some OD green paper and put things right...

4-0 out of 5 stars The evolution of the American military
This book is essentially an exploration of the way America has conducted war, from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam.Weigley attempts to show the development of American military thought, from hit-and-run tactics of the Revolution to global policing and the containment of communism in the mid twentieth-century.Throughout it all Weigley focuses on key figures--Washington, Grant, a couple of Marshalls and a couple of Mahans, among others--who played important roles in the way the military thought and acted.
Overall, this is a very fascinating study.Weigley's knowledge of the subject is commendable.It is a bit unfortunate that about 2/3 of the book is devoted to the twentieth-century, and that there is only a very sparse chapter on the Indian Wars, but it is understandable considering the tremendous expansion of the military in the 1900s.Sometimes Weigley's writing style is a bit difficult to follow--I found myself rereading sentences quite often--but overall the book is well enough written.This is a great book not just for military history buffs but for anyone who enjoys history in general. ... Read more

Isbn: 025328029X
Sales Rank: 69653
Subjects:  1. History - Military / War    2. History, Military    3. History: American    4. Military - Strategy    5. Military - United States    6. Military policy    7. Strategy    8. United States   


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