Prodigal Soldiers: How the Generation of Officers Born of Vietnam Revolutionized the American Style of War


Documenting the transformation of the U.S. military from Vietnam to the Gulf War, a history of a generation of officers examines changing ideas about war, ending the draft, reducing racial tensions, and integrating women into the ranks.
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Documenting the transformation of the U.S. military from Vietnam to the Gulf War, a history of a generation of officers examines changing ideas about war, ending the draft, reducing racial tensions, and integrating women into the ranks.
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"A major work of U.S. military history."

"One of the most illuminating military books in recent years."

"Recommended without reservation."

"A great and much-needed book...exciting, hard-hitting, and on target."

"The best and most accurate history yet written on the rebuilding of American military forces...keenly perceptive, well researched, beautifully written."

"Rebuilding the U.S. Army after the Vietnam debacle was an extraordinary achievement. James Kitfield's account of the feat is vivid, compassionate, and, above all, readable."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574881233
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/1997
  • Series: An AUSA Institute of Land Warfare Book Series
  • Edition description: BRASSEY'S
  • Pages: 478
  • Sales rank: 370,559
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

James Kitfield, the award-winning defense and foreign affairs correspondent for National Journal, was embedded with forward headquarters of V Corps during the Iraq War and has reported from Iraq and Washington in the war's aftermath. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2001

    A Gem

    An outstanding account of the military's transformation from post-Vietnam malaise to Gulf War triumph. Following five officers from 1965 to 1992, Prodigal Soldiers examines the military's transformation into an all-volunteer force, revolutions in training and doctrine, and the development of joint operations. I know of no other book that so completely examines the military's rebirth following Vietnam. Of course no book is perfect. The author attempts to cover an awful lot in 462 pages so some topics receive only a cursory (and occassionally one-sided) examination. It would be easy to criticize any one excerpt as incomplete. In the end, however, the book's incredible tale makes up for these flaws. Steven Ambrose writes, 'Recommended without reservation.' I couldn't agree more. This book is a must-read for officers and senior NCOs in any branch of service.

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