By Michael A. Bellesiles
In A People’s historical past of the U.S. Military, historian Michael A. Bellesiles attracts from 3 centuries of soldiers’ own encounters with combat—through attention-grabbing excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, in addition to audio recordings, movie, and blogs—to seize the essence of the yank army adventure firsthand, from the yank Revolution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Military carrier can shatter and provides desiring to lives; it really is infrequently a impartial come across, and has contributed to a wealthy outpouring of private testimony from the boys and ladies who've actually positioned their lives at the line. the usually dramatic and constantly richly textured first-person money owed accrued during this booklet disguise a variety of views, from ardent patriots to dissatisfied cynics; slightly literate farm boys to urbane collage graduates; scions of founding households to contemporary immigrants, lovers, and dissenters; girls disguising themselves as males with a purpose to serve their nation to African americans combating for his or her freedom via army service.
A paintings of significant relevance and immediacy—as the country grapples with the go back of hundreds of thousands of fellows and girls from energetic army duty—A People’s historical past of the U.S. Military becomes an important new touchstone for our figuring out of yank army provider.
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