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 trap the essence of the yankee army adventure firsthand, from the yank Revolution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Military carrier can shatter and provides aspiring to lives; it truly is hardly ever a impartial come across, and has contributed to a wealthy outpouring of non-public testimony from the boys and ladies who've actually positioned their lives at the line. the usually dramatic and constantly richly textured first-person debts accumulated during this publication hide quite a lot of views, from ardent patriots to disenchanted cynics; slightly literate farm boys to urbane collage graduates; scions of founding households to fresh immigrants, fans, and dissenters; girls disguising themselves as males so as to serve their kingdom to African americans struggling with for his or her freedom via army service.
A paintings of serious relevance and immediacy—as the country grapples with the go back of millions of fellows and ladies from energetic army duty—A People’s background of the U.S. Military becomes a big new touchstone for our figuring out of yankee army carrier.
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A People's History of the U.S. Military by Michael A. Bellesiles