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"The scope of this topic is great, but especially vital and relevant today. . . .This work is highly recommended."
"This biographical dictionary is suitable for high school, public and academic libraries."
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"Each life story is followed by a short but pertinent bibliography–a highlight of the set–and each war section closes with further-reading suggestions. Maps are included. These are handy, useful volumes for both students and teachers."
School Library Journal
"This is a thoughtful, well-designed, and nicely crafted reference work. . . This is a fine example of a serious work of reference, one that adds considerable value to the material it presents. It is highly recommended for academic libraries and public libraries serving researchers. The scholarly material it offers will, without question, hold its value for a very long time."
"This two-volume work, edited by Tucker (retired, Virginia Military Institute), provides assessment of the effectiveness and ineffectiveness of American civilian and military leaders in ten wars through the presentation of case studies of key battles and biographies of significant figures making decisions at the strategic and operational levels of military conflicts. In chronological order, the wars under consideration are the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the US wars in the Middle East since 1991. For each, the volume includes an overarching introductory essay, four to eight case studies of battles, 25 to 40 biographies discussing individual leaders contributions to war, and a short list of further readings. Where particular individuals played important roles in more than one war, separate biographies have been included that highlight the particular contributions to the specific conflict being discussed."
Reference & Research Book News
"This excellent two-volume set studies American leadership in war, evaluating both its effectiveness and how it shaped US history. . . . Overall, this work would be a readable, easy-to-use, and valuable addition to American military history collections. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students; general readers."
"…its biographies and its essays on leadership deserve a place in larger academic and public libraries and in collections that concentrate on military history."
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