Today's Best Military Writing : The Finest Articles on the Past, Present, and Future of the U. S. Military
From various wars spanning two centuries to examinations of how our country's modern armed forces are coping with new threats that are more dangerous than anything they've faced before, these articles represent the best of the best; incisive, thoughtful, and probing opinions and information, written by the people who have lived and breathed the various topics and civilians who have made it a lifelong endeavor to study our nation's military. Contributors include New York Times bestselling author Thomas Fleming, former Army War College professor and author Martin Blumenson, Gulf War veteran and chief of military history at the Center of Military History Brigadier General John S. Brown, and Commander Stephen Flynn of the US Coast Guard, the nation's leading expert on port and container security. Article subjects in this volume include:*Smart weapons and hi-tech wars to come*The role of United States Army Chaplains tending to German War Criminals during the Nuremberg Trials.*A chillingly logical hypothesis that could be the next step in terrorism--mating cruise missiles with biological warfare.*And much more At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
Colonel Boyne's impressive compilation of the best military writing of the past five years reflects the wide range (and excellent quality) of writing on military topics, even if not all of its articles are easily accessible to lay readers. The anthology's 21 contributors cover both historical and contemporary events-from Spencer Tucker's history of Admiral Andrew Foote's service on an anti-slavery patrol during the mid-1800s to Stephen Flynn's proposal that the Coast Guard be put in charge of today's Homeland Security. Major Prisco Hernandez's essay "No Master Plan" even appears to straddle the temporal divide since its discussion of Army artillery during the Indian Wars may eventually be pertinent to the War on Terror, which also must deal with the challenges posed by dispersed targets, rugged terrain and long, vulnerable supply lines. Two articles-"The Looming Biological Warfare Storm" and "The Emerging Biocruise Threat"-make a gruesome matched set, as both illuminate how the potential of cheap (and rapidly proliferating) cruise missiles affects the possible outcomes of a biological war. A former director of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum and a bestselling author, Boyne (Operation Iraqi Freedom; Dawn Over Kitty Hawk) has clearly chosen his selections not only for the pleasure of their prose but also with an eye to educating readers about the most pressing military issues of our time. For serious students of military science, the result is an absolute treasure trove.
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August 23, 2005
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