A People's History of the U.S. Military by Michael A. Bellesiles

By Michael A. Bellesiles

In A People’s heritage of the U.S. Military, historian Michael A. Bellesiles attracts from 3 centuries of soldiers’ own encounters with combat——through attention-grabbing excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, in addition to audio recordings, movie, and blogs——to seize the essence of the yankee army adventure firsthand, from the yank Revolution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Military carrier can shatter and provides desiring to lives; it truly is not often a impartial come across, and has contributed to a wealthy outpouring of non-public testimony from the lads and girls who've actually positioned their lives at the line. the usually dramatic and continually richly textured first-person money owed gathered during this publication hide a variety of views, from ardent patriots to disappointed cynics; slightly literate farm boys to urbane collage graduates; scions of founding households to contemporary immigrants, fanatics, and dissenters; ladies disguising themselves as males so that it will serve their state to African american citizens scuffling with for his or her freedom via army service.

A paintings of significant relevance and immediacy——as the state grapples with the go back of millions of guys and ladies from energetic army duty——A People’s heritage of the U.S. Military turns into an important new touchstone for our knowing of yank army carrier.

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