U.S. Leadership in Wartime 2 Volume Set: Clashes, Controversy, and Compromise

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Now from one of the world's leading publishers of military history comes a breakthrough reference on one of the most important and complex aspects of U.S. national defense. U.S. Leadership in Wartime: Clashes, Controversy, and Compromise offers a comprehensive analysis of the characteristics that constitute effective leadership in war and discusses the often contentious relationships between U.S. civilian and military leadership throughout American history.

U.S. Leadership in Wartime focuses on ten conflicts, including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, and the war in Afghanistan. Coverage for each conflict focuses on the dynamics of civilian-military relations and their impact on the course, outcome, and perception of each war under discussion. Coverage in each chapter includes an overview essay, sidebars, and detailed treatments of key engagements and battles, as well as detailed biographical essays of important figures—not just politicians and generals, but also labor leaders, business leaders, journalists, and women.

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Editorial Reviews

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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."


Lawrence Looks at Books

"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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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In a section each, these volumes survey military and civilian leadership in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the U.S. conflicts in the Middle East since 1991. Each section is launched with a synopsis of the war and descriptions of four to eight central battles listed in chronological order, followed by biographical sketches that stress the person's leadership traits. A few women, including nurse Mary Ann Ball Bickerdyke, journalist Jane McManus Storms Cazneau, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, are among the vital personages. Many individuals—presidents and generals, for example—appear in more than one section. 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. It should be noted that Abraham Lincoln ran against Stephen Douglas for the U.S. Senate in 1858, not 1856 as stated by two different authors.—Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598841725
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Pages: 952
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 2.90 (d)

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