The Greatest U. S. Army Stories Ever Told: Unforgettable Stories of Courage, Honor, and Sacrifice

Overview

Since the United States Army's inception by an act of Congress on June 14, 1775, its remarkable service members have engaged in almost every one of the most important turning points in our nation's history. In The Greatest U.S. Army Stories Ever Told, editor Iain Martin gathers the amazing experiences of America's fighting men and women into one unforgettable collection. Each story recounts the sights, sounds, and significance of such hallowed battlefields as Yorktown, Shiloh, and the Argonne. Watch row after row...

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Overview

Since the United States Army's inception by an act of Congress on June 14, 1775, its remarkable service members have engaged in almost every one of the most important turning points in our nation's history. In The Greatest U.S. Army Stories Ever Told, editor Iain Martin gathers the amazing experiences of America's fighting men and women into one unforgettable collection. Each story recounts the sights, sounds, and significance of such hallowed battlefields as Yorktown, Shiloh, and the Argonne. Watch row after row of redcoats attack during the Battle of Monmouth with eyewitness Joseph Plumb Martin. Ride a rickety boat with Washington in his famous night crossing over the Potomac. Triumph with Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain as he snatches victory from the jaws of defeat on Gettysburg's Little Round Top. Charge San Juan Hill with Theodore Roosevelt, as told by the era's most famous war correspondent, Richard Harding Davis.This collection includes the most significant stories of the highest generals, from famous actions such as D-Day, Guadalcanal, and Inchon, as well as the most memorable experiences of the citizen soldier far from home, in such places as Landing Zone X-Ray, 73 Easting, and a spider hole somewhere north of Baghdad. Whether fighting at home or abroad, in victory or defeat, The Greatest U.S. Army Stories Ever Told shares the stories and singular experiences of these amazing individuals, and sheds new light on their courage and sacrifice.

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Editorial Reviews

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“In The Greatest U.S. Army Stories Ever Told, Editor Iain Martin assembled a series of articles that tell the story of American soldiers of all eras and all ranks, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and from privates to generals. The book is a wonderful mix of stories and authors: Louisa May Alcott’s articulate accounting of her service as a nurse in the Civil War; Lakota Chief Red Horse on the Battle of the Little Big Horn; Cornelius Ryan in an extract from The Longest Day.“Martin has introduced each chapter with a brief description of the setting and added a few lines after each presentation. His work is very effective, both in his selection of articles and in the organization and presentation. Military historians and others who have read extensively in the field of American military history will be familiar with much of the contents of the volume, although there may be a few surprises. For the casual reader of Army history, this volume will inspire further reading.”- BG Philip L. Bolte, USA, Ret. / On Point Magazine "This book is another title that should be included in your personal library. Martin has searched many known and little known documents for poignant quotes. This book is also an excellent gift for the Civil War student who you think has a complete library or young enough to start one."- George Khoury
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592288588
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Series: Greatest Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Iain C. Martin is a freelance writer and historian, with an MA in history from Southern Connecticut State University. He lives with his family in Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Greatest U.S. Army Stories Ever Told
Edited by Iain Martin

Contents

Introduction 1
1 Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer 0
2 Battle of Yorktown by Private Joseph Plum Martin 00
3 Dispatches from the Mexican War by George Wilkins Kendall 00
4 Bayonet Forward: Gettysburg by Colonel Lawrence Chamberlain 00
5 Appomattox Courthouse by Ulysses S. Grant 00
6 The Battle of San Juan by Richard Harding Davis 00
7 The Argonne by John S. D. Eisenhower 000
8 Argonne War Diary by Sergeant Alvin York 000
9 Normandy Invasion by Andy Rooney 000
10 And Yet We Got On by Ernie Pyle 000
11 Point du Hoc by Stephen Ambrose 000
11 H-Hour from The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan 000
12 The Road to Bastogne by Martha Gellhorn 000
13 NUTS!-The Battle of the Bulge by John Toland 000
14 Dachau by Martha Gellhorn 000
15 Pork Chop Hill by S. L. A. Marshall 000
16 A Reporter's Journal from Hell: Ia Drang Valley by Joe Galloway 000
17 If I Die in a Combat Zone by Tim O'Brien 000
18 Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War by Rick Atkinson 000
19 Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden 000
20 Among Warriors in Iraq by Mike Tucker 000

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    Superb anthology of military history

    This is one of a series of books by Iain Martin, including ¿The Greatest U.S. Army Stories Ever Told,¿ ditto ¿Navy,¿ and soon-to-be-released, ¿Marine Corps.¿ Having focused myself on the Pacific Theater of WWII, my interest has been very narrow concerning the history of our armed forces. Iain¿s assembly of true, first-hand-account stories from the Revolution through the Civil War, and right up to today¿s Iraq has given me much more appreciation of our country¿s fighting forces. His introductions to each story and conclusions at the end are very informative and set the stage for each account. His selection of stories and excerpts from books was well done, and I look forward to reading more of his work. Donald K. Allen, MS, DVM, author of ¿Tarawa ¿ the Aftermath¿

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