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The Wars of America, 2 Volumes: Quebec to Appamattox & San Juan Hill to Tonkin (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1968

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe
  • Verlag: HARPER & ROW (1968)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000IOTQ6W
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,3 x 15 x 4,8 cm
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Von Ein Kunde am 9. April 1999
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This chronological narrative applies a thorough-enough broadstroke to clearly advance the paradoxical theme: The United States of America is the ensign of the Free World due to her war-like nature and unmatched military success.
The book is fantastic reading. I can confidently recommended it to all "weekend historians" who share a common interest in the history and heritage of this great Country. May God bless us!
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Like a fine wine ... 15. August 2000
Von Charles F. Hawkins - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The taste of the delicious thoughts in Robert Leckie's comprehensive history of America's wars is high treat for the intellectual palate. "Though America can become martial," Leckie informs, "she has never been militarist. The distinction is a great one, and it is hoped that a knowledge of American military history may help us to maintain it." One finishes "The Wars of America" with a sense of wanting more. Leckie has done his job.
A Marine veteran of World War II, Leckie has lived part of the history he relates. First published in 1968, it is good to see updated editions available ... testimony to the staying power of the kind of brisk, insightful history that Leckie presents.
"The Wars of America" is as solid a historical foundation as is available, and provides a splendid starting point for more detailed examinations of different periods of American military history. Although Leckie purposefully did not list his bibliographic sources (they would have been too voluminous to publish), he does cite the primary ones in the introduction. A few cross reference checks show that his research was indeed extensive and his knowledge impressive.
I truly hope that you enjoy this work as I have.
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Remembrance of the Army 24. November 2010
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I read 'The Wars of America' in 1968, the year of it's publication. It's immensely readable, which boosted my retention rate to a very high level. As a reservist, I reported for active duty at USATC Fort Ord CA on 1 December of 1969. Part of our basic training was attending a military history class where a young lieutenant made the mistake of asking us to show a hand if we could name a war that America had fought. Because of Robert Leckie, I could name them all of course. I don't think the lieutenant ever least he was more careful thereafter when tempted to ask a patronizing question of us privates. As an aside, it's amazing how often King Philip's War is mentioned in print, despite it's apparent obscurity. The volume is well worth $34.90 new or $1.26 used. The kids will be surprised how interesting history can be if they don't leave out the good stuff.
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A Good Introduction to American Military History 14. Januar 2008
Von Michael Taylor - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
"The Wars of America" by Robert Leckie is a good comprehensive and basic introduction to the wars that our great nation has fought in.

The major wars covered (not a totally inclusive list) are:

1. Colonial Wars (French and Indian War, King Philip's War)
2. American Revolution
3. War of 1812
4. War With Mexico
5. Civil War
6. Spanish-American War, Indian Wars, and the Philippine Insurrection
7. World War 1
8. World War 2
9. Korean War
10. Vietnam War
11. Gulf War

"The Wars of America" is the 3rd Leckie book I have read and enjoyed this one like the others (George Washington's War, From Sea to Shining Sea). The reading level is appropriate for the basic US history buff rather than the professor or life-long student.

While the book is a good read, there are some errors. For example, on page 198 Leckie states that the surrender of 5500 American troops in Charleston SC to the British during the American Revolutionary War was the largest US surrender of troops until the surrender at Bataan in 1942. Fact: Around 12000 US troops were surrendered to the Confederates at Harpers Ferry WV in September 1862 just prior to the battle of Antietam MD.

Such errors would not escape the scrutiny of a history professor or someone who has been a life-long student of US military history. Another weakness is the lack of maps. Having many more maps would help the reader have a greater understanding of US military history and strategy.

Again, this book is not for the history professor or advanced student. However, I would recommend the book as a good introduction for someone who is just starting to get interested in US military history.
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Eminently readable and thought provoking 21. Oktober 2011
Von John D. Sens - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I agree with all six of the reviews thus far. I won't waste time rehearsing their praises or minor criticisms. What I have experienced that has not been mentioned is that Leckie, in the tradition of the best teachers I have had, has inspired me to delve into areas I had not even considered previously. As of this writing, for example, I am doing research into 17th century wars between Indians and Europeans in what is now the continental United States. Thank you Mr. Leckie!
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Good overview of American military history 20. Februar 2014
Von TLR - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have the original 1968 two-volume edition. Overall, this is a pretty good mainstream introduction to American military history. It's not perfect; Leckie was a Marine in WWII and not a historian. Volume 1 is better than Volume 2. There's no mention of the US military intervention in Russia in 1919, or repeated interventions in Latin American countries like Haiti and Nicaragua in the early 20th century. There is a grand total of two references to the Central Intelligence Agency in the index.

Leckie pretty much buys into the Cold War mentality, though he demonstrates an uneasiness with America's tendency towards imperialism (Mexico, the Indian Wars, Philippines). In his original preface in 1967, he wrote: "Yet, though America can become martial, she has never been militarist." This may or may not have been true at the time, but clearly in the last 45 years a militaristic streak has infected many Americans. In the Epilogue, he hopes that the gargantuan military state created since WWII will not be a permanent feature. "Are we to become the world's policeman, stepping between warring native factions...? It is to be hoped not. Mighty as we are, not even we have the resources, the manpower, the will or the mandate for such work."
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