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"West Point is fortunate to have a historian of Ted Crackel's intellect and talent. His fine history will long be recognized as the standard work on the subject."Robert A. Doughty, coauthor of Warfare in the Western World and chair of the U.S. Military Academy history department
"A skillful blend of institutional and social history, Crackel's is the best of the many books about West Point."Edward M. Coffman, author of The War to End All Wars
"Crackel tells the compelling stories of an institution that has grown up with America."Ed Ruggero, author of Duty First: West Point and the Making of American Leaders
Author Biography: Theodore J. Crackel is the Visiting Professor of History at West Point during its bicentennial year (2001–2002) and is Director and Editor of Papers of the War Department, 1784–1800, at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He is also the author of Mr. Jefferson's Army: Political and Social Reform of the Military Establishment, 1801–1809.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. West Point in Revolution
2. The Founding of the Military Academy, 1784-1801
3. The Early Years, 1802-1817
4. Sylvanus Thayer: Father of the Military Academy, 1817-1833
5. Years of Growth and Fulfillment, 1833-1865
6. Basking in the Glory, 1866-1902
7. A New Age, 1903-1931
8. The Long Gray Line, 1930-1960
9. The Years of Turmoil, 1960-2001