Collected Materials for the Study of the War

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$1. After some discussion of evil of war and desirability of peace, this retired brigadier general argues for larger navy, larger standing army, and fortification of Panama Canal as necessary policies for United States.

Dickson Harris. Unpopular History of the United States by Uncle Sam Himself, as Recorded in Uncle Sam own Words. New York, Stokes, 1917, p. xiv, 162. $.75. A preparedness argument, largely abstracted from Upton "Military Policy of the United States".

* Greene Francis Vinton. Present Military Situation of the United States. Scribner, 1915, p. 102. $.75. Able brief argument "to persuade the citizens, the voters, . . . to give calm but thoughtful consideration to this question of adequate national defense," by an American general.

Howe Lucien. Universal Military Education and Service; the Swiss System for the United States. Putnam, first edition, 1916; second edition with appendix, 1917, p. xv, 147. $1.25. Description of Swiss and Australian systems with arguments in favor of similar system for United States.

* Huidekoper Frederic Louis. The Military Unpreparedness of the United States, a History of the American Land Forces from Colonial Times until June 1, 1915. Macmillan, 1915, p. xvi, 735. $4. To close of 1862, an avowed abridgment of Upton, after that based on original researches; carefully done with full references to authorities. Strong argument from past experience for differerit procedure in future. Many of his suggestions have been followed by present, administration, notably conscription.

Johnston Robert Matteson. Arms and the Race, the Foundations of Army Reform. Century, 1915, p. 219. $1, Able military historian presents arguments for reform and enlargement of American army.

Kuenzli Frederick Arnold. Right and Duty, or Citizen and Soldier; Switzerland Prepared and at Peace, a Model for the United States. Stechert, 1916, p. 225. $1. Excellent account of Swiss military system, which is advocated for American adoption, by a Swiss-American.

Marcosson Isaac Frederick. Leonard Wood Prophet of Preparedness. Lane, 1917, p. 92. $.75. Laudatory sketch of General Wood career, reprinted from Everybody's Magazine, March, 1917.

Maxim Hudson. Defenceless America. Hearst, 1915, p. xxiii, 318. $2. The inventor-author has compiled a miscellaneous mass of facts which he wields vigorously as adguments for preparedness; best on technical matters.

Roosevelt Theodore. America and the World War. Scribner, 1915, p. xv, 277. $.75. Fear God and take Your Own Part. Doran, 1916, p. 414. $1.50. The Foes of Our Own Household. Doran, 1917, p. xii, 347 $1,50. Three columes of collected addresses and articles of occasional character, presenting robust, often aggressive views, of duties of American citizenship and of United States in relation to the war. Wholesome arguments for preparedness are marred by statements of militaristic or chauvinistic sort and by criticisms of President Wilson and his policies which are not always just.

Upton Emory. The Military Policy of the United States. Washington, Supt. of Docs., 1904; fourth, impression, 1912, p. xxiii, 495. $.65. Thorough study of national military policy to close of 1862, which reveals weaknesses of policy in past. Incomplete work published after author's death, edited by J. P. Sanger. Basis on which practically all preparedness books are constructed.

Van Edward Sims Zile. The Game of Empires, a Warning to America; with Prefatory Note by Theodore Roosevelt . Moffat, 1915, p. 302. $1.25. After three hundred pages of flippant or cynical comment on war in general and this war in particular, writer turns suddenly to advocate preparedness. The one Rooseveltian page states real point of book with pith.

Wheeler Howard Duryée. Are We Ready? With a Letter by Major General Leonard Wood. Boston, Houghton, 1915, p xvii, 227. $1.50. Fictitious account of attack on New York rendered vivid actual unpreparedness of United States. Compare the "movie" play, The Battle Cry of Peace.

Wise Jennings Cropper. Empire and Armament, the Evolution of American Imperialism and the Problem of National Defense. Putnam, 1915, p. xii, 353. $1.50. Former professor of political science and international law at Virgnia Military Institute discusses American imperialism prior to Civil War, condemns more recent imperialism, and considers defense problems.

Wise Jennings Cropper. The Call of the Republic. Dutton, 1917, p. x, 141. $1. A plea for universal military service, with some historical considerations.

Wood Eric Fischer. The Writing on the Wall, the Nation on Trial. Century, 1916, p. ix, 208. $1. By author of Note-book of an Attaché, who was in Europe at outbreak of war; clear, intelligent, vigorous argument for preparedness.

** Wood Leonard. The Military Obligation of Citizenship, Princeton, University Press, 1915, p. vii, 76. $.75. Our Military History, its Facts and Fallacies. Chicago, Beilly, 1916, p. 240. $1. Historical portions drawn from Upton and Haidekoper. General Wood had given best brief presentation of historical argument for preparedness in the second, and admirable appeal on duties of citizenship in national defense in the first.


Alphaud Gabriel. L'Action Allemande aux États-Unis, de la Mission Dernburg aux Incidents Dumba, 2 Aoùt 1914, -- 25 Septembre, 1915; Préface de M. Ernest Lavisse. Paris, Payot, 1915, p. xvi, 498. 5 francs. Les Etats-Unis contre l'Allemagne, duRappel de Dumba à la Déclaration de Guerre, 25 Septembre, 1915 -- 4 Avril, 1917. Paris, Payot, 1917, p. 343, 5 frances. these works have unfortunately not been translated. They cover whole field of German intrigue in America and relations between United States and Germany, with abundant documents, and form best account yet available. By correspondent of the Matin.

Jones John Price. America Entangled (Title, English edition: The German Spy in America). Laut, 1917, p. xii, 224. $50, Account of German spy system in America by member of staff of New York Sun. Careful array of evidence, generally dispassionate style.

Skaggs William Henry. The German Conspiracies in America, from an American Point of View, by an American, with an Introduction by Theodore Andrea Cook. London, Unwin, 1915, p. xxviii, 332. 5s. Deals with first year of war, discussing immigation, propaganda, espionage, malicious interference in commercial and industrial affairs, diplomatic activity, etc. Strongly anti-German compilation.

Wile Frederic William. The German-American Plot, the Record of a Great Failure, the Campaign to Capture the Sympathy and Support of the United States. London, Pearson, 1915, p. 123. 1s. Strongly anti-German English pamphlet.


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