Want to know more about American military history? U.S. Military History For Dummies presents concise and revealing accounts of all of the nation's armed conflicts from the French and Indian War to Iraq. It explains how the U.S. military is organized and how its branches operate, both independently and together. This straightforward guide examines the causes for each of America's wars and reveals how these conflicts have shaped the nation's borders, society, politics, culture, and future. You'll meet heroes, cowards, patriots, and traitors; relive great battles; and get a taste of what combat is really like, as you discover: How the French/Indian war sowed the seeds of the Revolutionary War Why America's battle for independence didn't end at Yorktown Early U.S. wars against Indians, tax cheats, and pirates The War of 1812: guaranteeing U.S. sovereignty "Manifest Destiny" wars that stretched America from sea to shining sea Why the American Civil War could not be avoided The Spanish American War and the U.S. as an emerging global power Why World War I failed to "make the world safe for democracy" How World War II changed America's role in the world Korea and Vietnam: hot wars during the Cold War Featuring important insights on technological, political, and social changes that transformed the way America fights its wars U.S. Military History For Dummies is your key to understanding the evolution of the most powerful military force in history.
Introduction 1 Part I: The Nitty-Gritty of U.S. Military History 7 Chapter 1: Why This Stuff Is Important 9 Chapter 2: Why America Goes to War and Who We Fight 17 Chapter 3: Meeting the Players 29 Chapter 4: Lining Up the Armed Services 41 Chapter 5: The Changing Experience of Warfare 53 Part II: Born in War 65 Chapter 6: When the English Were Our Friends: Battling the Indians and the French 67 Chapter 7: So You Want to Start a Revolution: The War for Independence 79 Chapter 8: War and Peace: Battling Indians, Old Friends, Tax Delinquents, and Pirates 97 Chapter 9: We Have Met the Enemy: The War of 1812 107 Part III: Forged in War 121 Chapter 10: To the Halls of Montezuma: Fighting Mexico 123 Chapter 11: The Civil War 137 Chapter 12: The “Indian Wars”: The Army Secures the Frontier 159 Chapter 13: “Remember the Maine!” Fighting Spain and the Filipinos 171 Part IV Going Global: The World Wars 185 Chapter 14: Over There: The First World War 187 Chapter 15: The Looming Crisis: World War II before American Involvement 205 Chapter 16: The Greatest War: World War II 221 Part V: Bearing Any Burden: The Cold War and the Unpaid Peace Dividend 243 Chapter 17: Toying with Nuclear Armageddon: The Cold War Years 245 Chapter 18: Hot War in Asia: The Korean War 261 Chapter 19: The Very Long War: Vietnam 277 Chapter 20: A War with Allies: The Persian Gulf War 297 Chapter 21: The Long War Ahead: Terrorism, Afghanistan, and Iraq 313 Part VI: The Part of Tens 329 Chapter 22: The Ten Best Generals in U.S. Military History 331 Chapter 23: The Ten Worst Generals in U.S. Military History 337 Chapter 24: The Ten Best Movies on U.S. Military History 343 Index 349
John C. McManus, PhD, is an associate professor of U.S. military history at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He teaches courses on the Civil War, World War II, Vietnam, Americans in combat, and the broad sweep of American military history. A prolific lecturer on military history, he has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching. He has written several books on the American military experience, including The Deadly Brotherhood: The American Combat Soldier in World War II; The Americans at D-Day; and, most recently, Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible. He is a member of the editorial advisory board at World War II magazine and has served as an historical expert for numerous battlefield tours.
Understand the greatest military victories and the worst defeats The fun and easy way to trace America's military history Want to know more about the military's role in U.S. history? This straightforward guide takes you from the French and Indian War to the War in Iraq, explaining not only how the Armed Forces are organized and operate, but also how the military and warfare have shaped the country's society, politics, culture, and future. Discover how to: Why America goes to war Who serves in the armed forces and why How early wars shaped the U.S. America's involvement in the World Wars Key moments of great battles
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