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"American Military Technology is one in a series, each volume devoted to a specific technology and its influence on society. This book is concise at 203 pages, but not lacking in detail. A well-thought-out feature is the many sidebars describing the lives of individuals who created and fostered specific military technologies from the 1700s to the present….A lesson this book builds by its sheer presentation of facts and information is that technological domination of a battlefield will not bring victory. As John Boyd (1927-97) determined, people are the key to victory and it is their ability to use technology correctly that brings success. But more so it is their ability to observe, orient, decide, and act (OODA) that allows technology to work. Recommended. All levels."
"[P]rovides solid historical underpinnings for more advanced discussions about, and research into, these and similar subjects."
- The Journal of Military History
The Journal of Military History
"Aimed at students and general readers, this volume surveys the development of American military technology from the early 19th century through the end of the 20th century. The technological innovations described are also placed in the larger context of American social, political, and economic development. Supplementary materials include a timeline and a glossary of terms. Hacker is curator of military history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History."
- SciTech Book News
SciTech Book News
"Follows a straightforward chronological timeline (indeed, the book includes an actual timeline in its front matter), with the exception of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, where military and naval developments are covered in parallel chapters. The chapters for each era, in turn, are organized thematically…. a useful overview of the subject, and the select bibliography suggests further readings over a wide range of accessibility."