How America Goes to War

How America Goes to War

How America Goes to War

How America Goes to War

Synopsis

"Wars have played an integral role in America's transformation from a continental power into a world force. Over time, America's war-making has favored and continues to favor the expansion of the President's role at the expense of the Congress. America's future will be determined in large part by the way in which the nation chooses and engages in military pursuits. Questions about how and when we go to war have never been so vital or relevant. This thought-provoking overview serves as a quick introduction to these important issues." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Frank E. Vandiver passed away just after he delivered the finished text of this important work in military history to the publisher. a pioneer in the study of warfare and warriors, from his earliest work Vandiver understood the relationship between preparedness and the ability to fight. His book on Josiah Gorgas remains a landmark effort on the value of logistics in warfare. the countless articles and thematic books he wrote on the Civil War revealed to his peers his nearly effortless powers to describe men and their materiel of war. His Mighty Stonewall was the first work to reveal how that great captain Thomas J. Jackson prepared for and fought an offensive war. Vandiver, always keen on the comparative dimension in war studies, next wrote the definitive biography of that great student of modern warfare, Black Jack Pershing. Vandiver’s love of the Great War, and his time spent as Harmsworth Professor at Oxford, led to an enduring interest in the career of Field Marshal Douglas Haig, about whom he had long planned to write a biography.

Generations of readers and Vandiver’s many students benefitted from both his work and his many friendships. From his first students at Washington University, to a generation of students trained at Rice University, to the gifted students he somehow managed to take on while serving as a dynamic president of Texas A&M, to his splendid mentoring of scholars at . . .

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