The Echo of Battle

The Echo of Battle

by Brian McAllister Linn

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Overview

From Lexington and Gettysburg to Normandy and Iraq, wars have defined the United States. But after the guns fall silent, the army searches the lessons of past conflicts, developing the strategies, weapons, doctrines, and commanders that it hopes will guarantee future victory. Linn surveys the past assumptions--and errors--that underlie the army's many visions of warfare up to the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674033528
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 466 KB

About the Author

Brian McAllister Linn is Professor of History at Texas A&M University.

Table of Contents

1 Fortress America 10 2 Modern Warfare 40 3 Unconventional Warriors 68 4 Providing for War? 93 5 Dissenting Visions 116 6 Atomic War 151 7 From Reformation to Reaction 193 Epilogue 233

What People are Saying About This

Allan R. Millett

Brian Linn's The Echo of Battle is one of the most significant books ever written on the American military experience. It places him on the top rung of military historians.
Allan R. Millett, University of New Orleans

Brilliant, original, and very entertaining. The Echo of Battle is an extraordinary lens that brings today's U.S. Army into sharp focus by looking into our past. Brian Linn has written a masterful book.

Andrew J. Bacevich

The Echo of Battle is a masterpiece. With its appearance, Brian Linn establishes himself as the preeminent military historian of his generation.
Andrew J. Bacevich, author of The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War

Rick Atkinson

Brilliant, original, and very entertaining. The Echo of Battle is an extraordinary lens that brings today's U.S. Army into sharp focus by looking into our past. Brian Linn has written a masterful book.
Rick Atkinson, author of An Army at Dawn

L. D. Holder

Brian Linn's account of the Army's long internal debate over its mission and fighting concepts is timely and provocative. His interpretation renders a tough judgment of the service's past efforts to adapt to change. The Echo of Battle should make today's discussions of how the armed forces will visualize and prepare for future conflict better informed and more self-aware.
L. D. Holder, LTG, US Army (retired)

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