Today's Best Military Writing: The Finest Articles on the Past, Present, and Future of the U. S. Military

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"Military historian and bestselling author Walter J. Boyne has gathered twenty-one writers, both military and civilian, and their published articles and essays on all aspects of the various branches of the armed forces and on the military history of the United States." From searching analyses of wars spanning two centuries to examinations of how our country's modern armed forces are coping with new threats that are more dangerous than any they've faced before, these articles represent the best of the best - incisive, thoughtful, and probing
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Overview

"Military historian and bestselling author Walter J. Boyne has gathered twenty-one writers, both military and civilian, and their published articles and essays on all aspects of the various branches of the armed forces and on the military history of the United States." From searching analyses of wars spanning two centuries to examinations of how our country's modern armed forces are coping with new threats that are more dangerous than any they've faced before, these articles represent the best of the best - incisive, thoughtful, and probing opinions and information, often written by the people who have lived and breathed their topics.
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Retired air force officer and best-selling author Boyne (Dawn over Kitty Hawk) has assembled a varied collection of military writings published in the last five years. Particularly absorbing are historical pieces covering the naval interdiction of the African slave trade, the employment of artillery in the Indian Frontier Wars, the USS Hornet's Pacific campaigns, and a young infantry lieutenant's fight to the Yalu River during the Korean conflict. Readers interested in contemporary defense affairs will find highly appealing pieces covering homeland security, the bioweapons threat, and an analysis of recent operations in Afghanistan. Three articles relate only tangentially or not at all to the U.S. military, and several articles, such as the one on the origins and development of the F-15 Eagle, are so heavily peppered with military jargon that they won't have much appeal outside a limited audience. Nevertheless, the editor does succeed in showcasing worthy examples of the vibrant literature on military affairs currently flourishing in the United States. Recommended for military collections and larger public libraries. Edward J. Metz, USACGSC Combined Arms Research Lib., Ft. Leavenworth, KS Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"Boyne tackles the war in Iraq with gusto. Military buffs will devour this timely examination of contemporary warfare."---Booklist on Operation Iraqi Freedom: What Went Right, What Went Wrong, and Why

"Boyne's book teems with a mother lode of facts. . . . A valuable addition to the military bookshelf."---St. Louis Post Dispatch on Operation Iraqi Freedom: What Went Right, What Went Wrong, and Why

"Telling this story accurately and sensibly is a staggering task. Walter Boyne succeeds beautifully . . . This book may deserve a Pulitzer."--The Wall Street Journal on On Clash of Titans

"The story of the United States Air Force is a proud one, and Walter J. Boyne is ideally suited to tell it. A veteran pilot, gifted author and distinguished historian, he writes of airplanes and flying with the feeling and authority gained during a lifetime in the cockpit."--Lee Ewing, Editor of Air Force Times on Silver Wings

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765308887
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

WALTER J. BOYNE is the former director of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, he retired in 1986 to pursue a career as a novelist and consultant. He is one of a select few authors whose books have made both the fiction and the nonfiction bestseller lists of The New York Times. His recent books include Dawn Over Kitty Hawk and Operation Iraqi Freedom: What Went Right, What Went Wrong, and Why. Walter J. Boyne lives in Ashburn, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Preface 15
Lieutenant Andrew H. Foote and the African slave trade 19
The F-15 eagle : origins and development, 1964-1972 39
No master plan : the employment of artillery in the Indian wars, 1860-1890 67
Clarifying the origins and strategic mission of the US Marine Corps Defense Battalion, 1898-1941 81
Birth of the American way of war 105
More than numbers : Americans and the revival of French morale in the Great War 119
Task force Kingston 129
The making of a hero : what really happened seventy-five years ago after Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget 147
'Even in Auschwitz ... humanity could prevail' : British POWs and Jewish concentration-camp inmates at IG Auschwitz, 1943-1945 175
U.S. Army chaplain ministry to German war criminals at Nuremberg, 1945-1946 199
The emerging biocruise threat 207
The looming biological warfare storm : misconceptions and probable scenarios 227
Winged cowboys : the story behind air mobility command's latest biennial rodeo 245
Defending against the non-state (criminal) soldier : toward a domestic response network 255
Homeland security is a Coast Guard mission 269
Homeland defense 277
What can we learn from Enduring Freedom? 289
Combat search and rescue : a longer look 301
Pearl Harbor 311
Mortal sting : how the USS Hornet cured the imperial Japanese navy of its 'victory disease' 321
No Gun Ri Revisted : historical lessons for today's army 329
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