Don't Tread On Me: A 400-Year History of America at War, from Indian Fighting to Terrorist Hunting

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Don’t Tread on Me is a sweeping, colorful—and controversial—history of America’s wars and foreign and military policy over the past four hundred years. Full of gripping battle scenes and contrarian arguments, this stirring book challenges Americans to rethink what they thought they knew about our nation at war.
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Overview

Don’t Tread on Me is a sweeping, colorful—and controversial—history of America’s wars and foreign and military policy over the past four hundred years. Full of gripping battle scenes and contrarian arguments, this stirring book challenges Americans to rethink what they thought they knew about our nation at war.
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“A rousing crash course on the U.S. military tradition.”
-National Review

“The best single volume I’ve found paying tribute to the American military is Don’t Tread on Me, a sweeping, fast-paced four-hundred-year history of America at war.”
—David Limbaugh, nationally syndicated columnist

“In witty and irreverent prose, author H. W. Crocker III provides a broad survey of America’s martial history. . . . Don’t Tread on Me deftly illuminates the full spectrum of America’s rich military traditions.”
—New York Sun

“A lively popular history of Americans at war. . . . [Don’t Tread on Me] fills gaps left by the grand narrative of American military history.”
Washington Times

“H. W. Crocker’s history of America’s wars is a rarity: a controversial and absorbing read about a crucial topic, the role that the military has played in shaping America’s past. I recommend it highly.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400053643
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 637,094
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

H. W. Crocker III is the author of Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church and Robert E. Lee on Leadership: Executive Lessons in Character, Courage, and Vision, as well as the prizewinning comic novel The Old Limey. He has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter for the governor of California, and a book editor. He lives near the battlefields of northern Virginia.
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Table of Contents


Prologue: The Summons of the Trumpet     1
The Gentle Art of Scalping     5
Wolfe's Triumph and Pontiac's Rebellion     22
"Disperse, Ye Rebels!"     38
Forged in Battle: From 1776 to Valley Forge     53
The World Turned Upside Down     66
The Founders' Foreign Entanglements     75
Madison's Wars     90
The Guns of Old Hickory     101
The Emerging Colossus     116
Military Holiday in Mexico     130
Wrecking the Furniture     149
"War Is Cruelty, You Cannot Refine It"     165
"War Means Fighting and Fighting Means Killing"     176
"For Every Southern Boy...It's Still Not Yet Two O'Clock on That July Afternoon in 1863"     190
"The Satisfaction That Proceeds from the Consciousness of Duty Faithfully Performed"     210
"But Westward, Look! The Land Is Bright"     228
"Half Devil and Half Child"     244
"Come On, You Sons of Bitches! Do You Want to Live Forever?"     253
A World Made Safe for War     270
Infamy     287
"The Great Crusade"     306
"Another Marine Reporting for Duty, Sir. I've Spent My Time in Hell"     320
"Retreat, Hell-We're Just Attacking inAnother Direction"     337
The Long Twilight Struggle     358
America Resurgent     381
Epilogue: "Go Tell the Spartans"     398
Notes     400
Select Bibliography     431
Acknowledgments     441
Index     442
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