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  2. AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY. VOLUME 1. THE UNITED STATES ARMY AND THE FORGING OF A NATION, 1775-1917
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Find out the latest happenings with Rick Atkinson and with the publication of the first volume of the Revolution Trilogy:. At the start of the Revolutionary War, it had been seventeen years since General George Washington last wore a military uniform and he was only a provincial officer with limited experience in frontier combat. But it quickly became clear, Washington was instinctively, brilliantly, a political general.

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The American Revolution is a creation story that accounts for who we are, where we came from, what we believe, and what our forebears were willing to die for. King George III was shrewder, more complex, and more intriguing than we often acknowledge. He was king for sixty years, from to He was frugal in an age of excess, pious at a time of impiety.

He despised disorder and loathed disobedience. Britain, the greatest empire the world had seen since ancient Rome, found itself bottled up in the small provincial town of Boston, and then, after months of misery, was forcibly evicted from that place by a ragged mob of rebels.

The American Revolution nearly came to a bad end barely a year after it began. Walmart Tell us if something is incorrect. Add to Cart. Free delivery. Arrives by Friday, Oct Free pickup Fri, Oct Ships to San Leandro, Davis St. Product Highlights About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it.

See our disclaimer. Profusley illustrated with full color and black and white illustrations, maps and photographs. Army Historical Series. Richard W. Stewart, General Editor. Revision of the edition which was a revision of a textbook written for the senior ROTC courses.

Brian R. In this lecture-version of his research, he will focus on sixteen young cadets, as they struggle through their classes while watching the country fall to violent pieces around them. Following these twelve Federal and four Confederate officers onto the battlefield, he uses first person accounts, as well as numerous other primary sources, to give life to their personal alliances, demons, and struggles. Each account not only sheds light on the junior leadership during such battles as Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg, but also reflects on the senior leadership, national strategy, and the soul of the armies contesting the rights of the Federal government versus the states.

LTC Ret. McEnany is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served as an artillery officer in combat in Vietnam, as well as in garrison in Korea, Germany, and in the U. He retired as an operations research analyst with the rank of lieutenant colonel. In his retirement, he has written several historical articles about West Point during the Civil War. The lack of a formal peace treaty at the end of the war led to numerous military, political, and economic tensions on both sides. In light of events such as the North Korean raid on the presidential Blue House in Seoul in , its attack on present-day Myanmar in , naval conflicts along the Yellow Sea in the early s, nuclear threats and trade suspension, the endurance of the division between North and South Korea is clear.

American, Chinese, and Russian competition for both control within the Korean Peninsula and a hand in decisions concerning aid exacerbate the divide further. For example, the U. North Korean nuclear threats in particular led to U.

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Sheila Miyoshi Jager argues North Korea depends on for survival. The book devotes a large space to the Korean War itself and brings readers through its consequences to the present. Jager discusses the power motivations of the U. Jager's predictions about the end of the Korean conflict are offered as well. Jager's authorial focus is contemporary Korean politics and history, as shown in her previous publications, Narratives of Nation Building in Korea: A Genealogy of Patriotism on the effects of gendered tropes on Korean modernity, and Ruptured Histories: War, Memory and the Post-Cold War in Asia about the major reassessment East Asian states' underwent following the end of the Cold War.

Sheila Miyoshi Jager resides with her husband and children in Ohio. As the war in Germany ended, the trials of Lutheran minister Henry Gerecke were just beginning. Gerecke was a small town minister who, at age 50, volunteered his spiritual support to the U. Army during World War II. Gerecke's most challenging assignment was to provide religious services to the twenty-one Nazi prisoners awaiting their day of justice in front of a military tribunal for crimes against humanity. The U. Army asked Gerecke to pray with and give religious guidance to the disciples of Hitler, even after he had personally seen the horrors of the German concentration camps.

Gerecke came away from the ordeal with a new understanding of morality, sin, empathy, and the limits of forgiveness. Tim Townsend will speak about the tribulations this Midwest preacher faced externally and internally as he struggled to accept and execute his mission. Tim Townsend, formerly the religion reporter at the St.

In , , and , he was named Religion Reporter of the Year by the Religion Newswriters Association, the highest honor on the "God beat" at American newspapers. In and , the Wampanoag Indian alliance violently pushed back against encroaching Europeans, devastating much of New England in the conflict historians have dubbed, "King Philip's War. With the exception of some remote settlements, Connecticut, unlike the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, did not experience the carnage of this blood-soaked contest.

Major Jason W. Warren broadens the history of King Philip's War in his book, Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, , by reveling a new perspective on this chapter of Colonial America and the critical role of the Narragansetts, the largest Indian tribe in southern New England at the time. Warren explains how Connecticut's comparatively conservative Indian policies were key in making an alliance with the otherwise hostile Mohegans and Pequots possible.

In and , Major Warren served as a strategist and training officer for the 3rd Infantry Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Currently, he is a strategist and the Director, Concepts and Doctrine at the U. In , on the cusp of war, one unsung American hero risked everything to spy on the rising Nazi regime.

Smith's work during the interwar years provided the United States crucial information about the Third Reich. The first American official to interview Hitler in , he continued to keep tabs on Adolf Hitler's government. To maintain his intelligence network when the war started, he developed and utilized a wide and loyal network of German friends. The network remained a key to understanding Nazi-era Berlin. Henry Gole presents an essential look at one of the many unsung heroes of World War II against the backdrop of the tempestuous history of Germany in the midth century.

Gole explores both Col. Smith's fascinating career gathering key intelligence behind the scenes in Hitler's Germany, and Smith's professional career and personal life before and during the Third Reich. Gole goes on to recount the story of this virtually unknown U. Army officer and his key role in the development of U. S military planning before and during World War II. Gole's work is a great contribution to the historiography of U. Henry G. He has taught at West Point, the U. For years prior to the globe-shattering events of World War II, relations between Japan and China simmered until the brutal Japanese invasion in The Chinese fought and suffered until the Allies joined the war against Japan in The conflict catapulted China to prominence on the world stage as Chinese fighters helped to defeat the Imperial Japanese Army.

Eight years of fighting and the daunting task of reconstruction left the Chinese Nationalists weak, opening the door for the Red Army, whose victory over the Nationalists in the Chinese Civil War resulted in a Communist China. Richard B. Frank will give a lecture discussing new evidence accumulated during his research for his upcoming Asia-Pacific War trilogy. Frank will discuss a far more nuanced account of the competitors for power within China and restore appreciation for the massive human and economic costs of the eight year struggle against Japan.

Frank is a graduate of the University of Missouri. Following graduation, Mr. Frank spent four years in the United States Army, during which time he completed a tour of duty in Vietnam with the st Airborne Division. He went on to graduate from Georgetown University Law Center in In , he published his first book, Guadalcanal, and completed his second work, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, in Truman Book Award. He is currently working on a narrative history trilogy about the Asia-Pacific War, Todd DePastino examines the life of World War II serviceman Bill Mauldin, known throughout the military and civilian worlds as the creator of cartoons depicting the everyday struggles of G.

In many ways, the enlisted cartoonist was a rogue, standing up to the Army system and even the beloved and aggressive General Patton. DePastino lifts the veil on the troubled life of a man who struggled to deal with almost overnight fame and the guilt that came with gaining something positive from such a destructive and devastating war. Todd DePastino holds a Ph. DePastino wrote his dissertation on the history of homelessness and turned it into a book, winning the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship award for his efforts. Greatly debated amongst military leaders, strategists, and academics, the counterinsurgency COIN campaign in Iraq from to has faced criticism from all sides.

Peter Mansoor provides a behind the scenes look at the most pivotal phase of the Iraq War, the "surge. Surge covers all perspectives of the conflict: from politicians in Washington D. Mansoor will examine COIN policy from its inception through its execution and draw upon his own experiences as a battalion commander in Iraq to analyze the application of COIN doctrine in historical contexts and in current operations. Peter Mansoor currently serves as the General Raymond E.

Mason Jr. During a military career spanning twenty-six years, he held distinguished positions and honors such as Valedictorian of his graduating class at West Point, a variety of command and staff positions throughout the U. His military career culminated with his service in Iraq as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq, during the period of the surge in As the Great War raged across Europe, America faced a wide range of challenges, including developing and training junior and non-commissioned offers NCOs.

Advances in warfare technology and training techniques evolved at an astounding rate, forcing the U. Army to maintain equivalence with, or even surpass, the professionalism in the armies of her allies and enemies. Richard Shawn Faulkner highlights the flaws and successes of the U. Army in preparing junior officers and non-commissioned officers NCOs for their positions on the front lines.

With increased responsibility and a lack of necessary training, many Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants did not understand the skills required to excel at their deadly profession. Not until they experienced combat did these leaders emerge with the skill sets necessary to lead men into battle. Faulkner's lecture will review the flaws of officer training efforts during World War I and will closely examine the leaders, and the men they commanded, as we hope to glean important lessons about military leadership today.

Previously, he taught American History at the U. Military Academy at West Point. Prior to earning his Ph. Faulkner served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U. While with the Army, he served twenty-three years as an armor officer during which he commanded a tank company during Operation Desert Storm. Scholars have characterized the early decades of the Cold War as an era of rising militarism in the United States, but most Americans continued to identify themselves as fundamentally anti-militaristic.

Much of the popular culture in the decades following World War II reflected and reinforced a more nuanced anti-militarist perception of America. This study explores military images in television, film and comic books from to to understand how popular culture made it possible for the public to embrace more militaristic national security policies yet continue to perceive themselves as deeply anti-militaristic.

Lisa Mundey received her doctoral degree from Kansas State University and is currently an assistant professor of history at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. She is interested in modern American military history, particularly during the Cold War, and in the military's relationship with the American people. As a historian with the U. Army's Center for Military History, she has researched the U. Army's recent history in Afghanistan. To those who have heard of him, Fox Conner's name is synonymous with mentorship. He is the "grey eminence" within the Army whose influence helped to shape the careers of George Patton, George Marshall, and, most notably, President Eisenhower.

What little is known about Conner comes primarily through stories about his relationship with Eisenhower, but little is known about Fox Conner himself. After a career that spanned four decades, this master strategist ordered all of his papers and journals burned. Because of this, most of what is known about Conner is oblique, as a passing reference in the memoirs of other great men.

This book combines existing scholarship with long-forgotten references and unpublished original sources to achieve a more comprehensive picture of this dedicated public servant. The portrait that emerges provides a four-step model for developing strategic leaders that still holds true today. First and foremost, Conner was a master of his craft.

Secondly, he recognized and recruited talented subordinates. Then he encouraged and challenged these proteges to develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. Finally he wasn't afraid to break the rules of the organization to do it. Here, for the first time ever, is the story of Major General Fox Conner. Major Edward Cox holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the U.

Military Academy at West Point, and master's degrees in public administration and international relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Military Academy. He taught courses in American politics, American foreign policy, and civil-military relations. Pacific Command, Camp H. Smith, Hawaii. While most historians of the Vietnam War focus on the origins of U.

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Nguyen examines the international context in which North Vietnamese leaders pursued the war and American intervention ended. This riveting narrative takes the reader from the marshy swamps of the Mekong Delta to the bomb-saturated Red River Delta, from the corridors of power in Hanoi and Saigon to the Nixon White House, and from the peace negotiations in Paris to high-level meetings in Beijing and Moscow, all to reveal that peace never had a chance in Vietnam.

Hanoi's War renders transparent the internal workings of America's most elusive enemy during the Cold War and shows that the war fought during the peace negotiations was bloodier and much more wide ranging than it had been previously. Using never-before-seen archival materials from the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as materials from other archives around the world, Nguyen explores the politics of war-making and peace-making not only from the North Vietnamese perspective but also from that of South Vietnam, the Soviet Union, China, and the United States, presenting a uniquely international portrait.

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen is an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky. It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January , President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. It became known as "the surge. Fifteen months later, the soldiers returned home — forever changed. The chronicle of their tour is gripping, devastating, and deeply illuminating for anyone with an interest in human conflict. In this lecture, Finkel will describe his experiences as an embedded journalist with the battalion, and will be joined by the unit's former commander, COL Ralph Kauzlarich.

On the eve of the Civil War, the Regular Army of the United States was small, dispersed, untrained for large-scale operations, and woefully unprepared to suppress the rebellion of the secessionist states. Although the Regular Army expanded significantly during the war, reaching a peak of nearly 45, officers and men by the beginning of , it was necessary to form an enormous army of state volunteers that overshadowed the Regulars and bore most of the combat burden. Nevertheless, the Regular Army played several critically important roles, notably providing leaders and exemplars for the Volunteers, bolstering Union forces in both attack and defense, and managing the administration and logistics of the entire Union Army.

In this first comprehensive study of the Regular Army in the Civil War, Newell and Shrader focus primarily on the organizational history of the Regular Army and how it changed as an institution during the war, to emerge afterward as a reorganized and permanently expanded force. Clayton R. Newell and Charles R. Shrader both finished their military careers as chief of the Historical Services Division at the U. Army Center of Military History and are now independent scholars and historical consultants. Newell is the author or editor of several books, including The Framework of Operational Warfare and Lee vs.

McClellan: The First Campaign. Seventh Army; thus it shared the historical neglect accorded to those Allied units that failed to serve farther north under Bradley, Patton, and Montgomery. Formed in September at Fort Jackson, SC, and later transferred to Fort Bragg, NC, the division--consisting of the th, th, and th Infantry Regiments, four field artillery battalions, and a host of support units--lost thousands of recruits as replacements for units that had suffered heavily in Europe and the Pacific.

Backfills included U. The rather motley composition of the command, a supplemental training program necessitated by the personnel turnover, and the division's frequent participation in combat simulations to impress visiting dignitaries and businessmen gave the Century a reputation as a "show" or "permanent training" division.

After finally moving to France in October , however, the division proved itself in battle quickly and decisively. In November it penetrated a defensive line in the High Vosges Mountains that had been the unattained objective of attackers since the first century BC. In December it helped capture works along the vaunted Maginot Line, and the following month was the only element of Seventh Army to hold its position during Operation North Wind, Hitler's follow-up to the counteroffensive that precipitated the Battle of the Bulge.

In March the Century overwhelmed the remaining Maginot forts and captured the citadel of Bitche, another position assaulted by many armies over the centuries but never carried. Crossing the Rhine River, in nine days of house-to-house fighting the self-proclaimed "Sons of Bitche" cleared rubble-filled Heilbronn, Germany, whose defenders--a Waffen-SS division, several Panzer units, a mix of regular troops, and Volkssturm that included year-old Hitler Youth, year-old grandfathers, and female snipers--waged a horrific last stand one month before war's end.

Military commanders turn tactics into strategic victory by means of "operational art," the knowledge and creative imagination commanders and staff employ in designing, synchronizing, and conducting battles and major operations to achieve strategic goals. Until now, historians of military theory have generally agreed that modern operational art developed between the first and second world wars in Germany and the Soviet Union, whose armies were supposedly the innovators and greatest practitioners of operational art. Some have even claimed that U. Michael R. Matheny believes previous studies have not appreciated the evolution of U.

Although they may rightly point to the U. Army's failure to modernize or develop a sophisticated combined arms doctrine during the interwar years, they focus too much on technology or tactical doctrine. In his revealing account, Matheny shows that it was at the operational level, particularly in mounting joint and combined operations, that senior American commanders excelled—and laid a foundation for their country's victory in World War II. Matheny draws on archival materials from military educational institutions, planning documents, and operational records of World War II campaigns.

Examining in detail the development of American operational art as land, sea, and air power matured in the twentieth century, he shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, U. After , in the face of nuclear warfare, the American military largely abandoned operational art. But since the Vietnam War, U. In the five years or so after the end of the Vietnam War, the U. Army Center of Military History sponsored a project in which half a dozen senior former South Vietnamese generals wrote lengthy monographs on various aspects of the war as seen from their perspective.

There were seventeen such monographs in all, some by individual authors, others by two or more of the group collaborating. Topics included tactics, logistics, advisors, pacification, leadership, intelligence, and all the major battles Tet , Cambodian Incursion, Lam Son , Easter In the aggregate this was very valuable material, but the CMH publication of it left something to be desired and distribution was limited.

Lewis Sorley has annotated a compendium of excerpts from the monographs to produce a valuable contribution to the now under-represented South Vietnamese retrospective view of the war and as such will be useful both to scholars of the war and to those who served in it or have an interest in its history. Many histories of the Vietnam War suffer from a one-sided perspective due to lack of access to Vietnamese source materials. Lewis Sorley corrects that problem with his edited volume of interviews with some of the senior South Vietnamese generals. Conducted in the s, these interviews received limited publication and then languished in obscurity.

Sorley re-discovered them and has annotated them to provide additional context. This interview, conducted by the U. Army Military History Institute's Dr. Conrad Crane, reveals some of Sorley's journey of discovery of these documents leading to eventual publication. It provides insights into the historian's craft, as well as additional information not contained in the accompanying lecture. WWII in the words of B pilot Ralph Lee Minker, his parents and sisters, captured in an extraordinary collection of over letters written between February and September, Spread over the landscape of the war years, the Minker family letters tell a unique story of courage in the air and resolve on the homefront.

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When Lieutenant Matt Gallagher first arrived in Iraq in , it was all too surreal. In the midst of a shift in U. Friends were enemies, reconciliation was war, roads were bombs, and silence was deadly. But it was all too real, and there was nothing left to do except learn to "embrace the suck" -- and write about it. Matt Gallagher started a blog that quickly became a popular hit. Read by thousands of soldiers who found in it their war, the real war, the blog covered everything from grim stories about Bon Jovi cassettes mistaken for IEDs to the daily experiences of the Gravediggers - the code name for members of Gallagher's platoon.

When the blog was shut down in June by the U. Army, questions were raised in the halls of Congress, and a few eyebrows were raised at the Pentagon. Professor for National Security Affairs, U. The German Chief of the General Staff, Erich von Falkenhayn, decided to commit a new army in an offensive to counter this threat.

The offensive was steadily extended until both the fortress of Przemysl and the capital of Austrian Galicia, Lemberg, were back in the hands of the Central Powers. Dinardo argues that the Germans were able to accomplish this by a combination of normal infantry tactics combined with the judicious use of heavy artillery, aided by aerial reconnaissance and improved means of communication. Breakthrough is the first full English language study of one of the most remarkable campaigns of World War I. Richard L. DiNardo has a B. His first book was Mechanised Juggernaut or Military Anachronism?

The Vietnam war continues to be the focus of intense controversy. While most people—liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, historians, pundits, and citizens alike—agree that the United States did not win the war, a vocal minority argue the opposite or debate why victory never came, attributing the quagmire to everything from domestic politics to the press.

The military never lost a battle; how then did it not win the war? Stepping back from this overheated fray and drawing upon several decades of research John Prados takes a fresh look at both the war and the debates about it to produce a reassessment of one of our nation's most tragic episodes. He weaves together multiple perspectives across an epic-sized canvas where domestic politics, ideologies, nations, and militaries all collide. Prados patiently pieces back together the events and moments, from the end of World War II until our dispiriting departure from Vietnam in , that reveal a war that now appears to have been truly unwinnable—due to opportunities lost, missed, ignored, or refused.

He shows how—from the Truman through the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations—American leaders consistently ignored or misunderstood the realities in Southeast Asia and passed up every opportunity to avoid war in the first place or avoid becoming ever more mired in it after it began. Highlighting especially Ike's seminal and long-lasting influence on our Vietnam policy, Prados demonstrates how and why our range of choices narrowed with each passing year, while our decision-making continued to be distorted by Cold War politics and fundamental misperceptions about the culture, psychology, goals, and abilities of both our enemies and our allies in Vietnam.

Why is this so? Why has further reduction not occurred? What does treatment of the issue in the past suggest about the future U. Highlighting the devastating the airliner crash, the efforts of building occupants to save one another, the emergency response of firefighters, police and medical staffs, and the building operations personnel, the book concludes with a description of the work of the Pentagon Family Assistance Center.

Papadopoulos, a principal co-author of this work, will present the main themes of the book illustrated with pictures derived from its research, and employ some of the more vivid segments to illustrate what transpired at that momentous time. Before he became a politician Winston Churchill was first a soldier who had a lifelong obsession with all things military that not only shaped the man and war leader he later became but played a major role in the Allied victory in World War II.

Carlo D'Este examines Winston Churchill through the prism of his military service as both a soldier and a warlord: a descendant of Marlborough who, despite never having risen above the rank of lieutenant colonel, came eventually at age sixty-five to direct Britain's military campaigns as prime minister and defeated Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito for the democracies.

Warlord is the definitive chronicle of Churchill's crucial role as one of the world's most renowned military leaders, from his early adventures on the North-West Frontier of colonial India and the Boer War through his extraordinary service in both World Wars. D'Este paints a masterful, unsparing portrait of one of history's most fascinating and influential leaders during what was arguably the most crucial event in human history.

On September 26, , more than one million American soldiers prepared to assault the German-held Meuse-Argonne region of France. Their commander, General John J. Pershing, believed in the superiority of American "guts" over barbed wire, machine guns, massed artillery, and poison gas. In thirty-six hours, he said, the Doughboys would crack the German defenses and open the road to Berlin.

Six weeks later, after savage fighting across swamps, forests, towns, and rugged hills, the battle finally ended with the signing of the armistice that concluded the First World War.


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The Meuse-Argonne had fallen, at the cost of more than , American casualties, including 26, dead. In the bloodiest battle the country had ever seen, an entire generation of young Americans had been transformed forever.

To Conquer Hell is gripping in its accounts of combat, studded with portraits of remarkable soldiers like Pershing, Harry Truman, George Patton, and Alvin York, and authoritative in presenting the big picture. It is military history of the first rank and, incredibly, the first in-depth account of this fascinating and important battle. In the months before the elections, advocates for overseas military voters claimed that the obtaining a ballot was such a cumbersome process as to effectively disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of soldiers.

In some ways, despite a revolution in electronic communications, it might seem that little has changed for the voting soldier since the wartime elections of , when a sponsor of a military voting bill claimed, "They just can't vote. A fellow down in Florida can hardly vote as an absentee voter," much less from overseas.

Yet despite the importance of this effort, the training and operation of II Corps have received scant attention from historians. Mitchell A. Yockelson delivers a comprehensive study of the first time American and British soldiers fought together as a coalition force-more than twenty years before D-Day. He follows the two divisions that comprised II Corps, the 27th and 30th, from the training camps of South Carolina to the bloody battlefields of Europe.

Despite cultural differences, General Pershing's misgivings, and the contrast between American eagerness and British exhaustion, the untested Yanks benefited from the experience of battle-toughened Tommies. Their combined forces contributed much to the Allied victory. Though now a global power, the early United States regular Army found itself in much different circumstances. Mac Coffman, himself a former infantry officer and professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, examines how the regular Army has experienced significant change over the course of a century and continues to adapt to new challenges.

Even the best of friends have arguments and nothing was truer of the United States and Britain during their joint effort to defeat the Axis powers during World War II. Though the countries maintained a united front, both diplomatically and militarily, the relationship between Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt was not always as congenial as it appeared.

Mark Stoler examines the diplomatic and military history of these two countries during the second great World War. Alexander Jefferson was one of 32 Tuskegee Airmen from the nd Fighter Group to be shot down defending a country that considered them to be second-class citizens. A Detroit native, Jefferson enlisted in , trained at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, became a second lieutenant in , and joined one of the most decorated fighting units in the War, flying P51s with their legendary--and feared--"red tails.

Captured, he spent the rest of the war in Luftwaffe prison camps in Sagan and Moosberg, Germany. An unvarnished look at life behind barbed wire--and what it meant to be an African-American pilot in enemy hands. It is also a look at race and democracy in America through the eyes of a patriot who fought to protect the promise of freedom. On the night of August 4, , two American warships clashed with torpedo boats in the dark waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.

The "attack" rapidly pushed President Lyndon Johnson to escalate the tensions between the United States and the communist government of North Vietnam. Moise will discuss the fateful events of August 4, by reviewing the extensive primary sources and personal interviews he used, thus concluding no attack on the American ships actually took place.

By August of , the United States government had already sent over 23, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Sailors to Vietnam as advisors and security for the South Vietnamese armed forces. On August 4th, the rising tensions came to a head when American Naval forces were allegedly attacked by marauding North Vietnamese torpedo boats. On the 5th, American forces retaliated with airstrikes against military targets in North Vietnam, leading to a rapid escalation of tensions. Congress and the president to put forth a resolution increasing the American presence to more than , troops.

Looking at the most current evidence and personal interviews, Dr. Edwin Moise asks, was there really an attack in the first place? Was the escalation based on mistaken intelligence, or was it an excuse for increased American participation in the war? Edwin E. Moise is a professor of history at Clemson University, and earned his B. He earned his M. Moise began his academic career as a political and economic historian of China and Vietnam, but has recently specialized in the Vietnam War. Along the steep cliffs and thick, mazelike hedgerows of Normandy, American Soldiers broke Hitler's "Fortress Europe" and flooded France with a new sense of freedom.

The American public was glued to their newspapers and radios, awaiting updates from intrepid war correspondents covering the invasion from the front lines. Frederick will tell the story of D-Day, not from the perspective of historians or politicians, but rather through the voices of those who were there. Using hundreds of reports, personal letters, and newspaper articles, Mr.

Frederick will chronicle how the "great crusade" transformed the world. His sources span personal letters of Soldiers scaling the steep cliffs under vicious fire to the brave newspaper and radio correspondents who struggled to record the day's harrowing events for an apprehensive public. Included with the accounts of Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen, Dispatches of D-Day also explores the stories of clergy, civil rights advocates, and even children involved in the attack on the Atlantic Wall.

Almost three years later, as U.

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Standing in his way was a Japanese force bent on fighting to the death to prevent the Americans from retaking the Philippines. On April 17th, , at PM, the U. Scott will discuss the day battle and the U. After the fall of the Philippines, the conquering Japanese forces systematically subjugated the islands, turning life into a daily struggle for American Soldiers in prisoner of war camps and daily atrocities for the Filipino people.

Navy, Marines, and Army gradually turned the tide in the Pacific, and MacArthur was prepared to make good on his promise to liberate the population and Soldiers trapped under the Japanese boot heel.