America at War: An Anthology of Articles from MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

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America at War: An Anthology of Articles from MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History edited by Calvin L. Christman. Naval Institute Press, 118 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, Maryland 21402,1995, 672 pages, $35.00.

War is woven into the fabric of American history, and Calvin L. Christman, professor of history at Cedar Valley College and adjunct professor at the University of North Texas, has assembled an excellent anthology of the writings of many outstanding historians that describe America's war experience. America at War is refreshing because he abandoned the history book approach and instead has assembled 51 stories which offer a range of perspectives on America's war experience.

I have read other works by many of the authors, people like Stephen E. Ambrose, David McCullough, and Martin Van Creveld. They are all noted experts and well-published historians, and the editor offers an extensive bibliography. I was confident with the quality represented by their work in this book.

Neil Asher Silberman's "The Pequot Massacres" is the lead-off story. While there were many battles during the colonial era, the Pequot War of 1636-37 between the Puritans and the Pequot Indians of Connecticut deserves examination because of the motivation and level of violence of the combatants. This conflict set the pattern of Anglo-Native American relations for the next 250 years. …