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Peoples History of the US Military
by Michael A Bellesiles
Published by New Press
376p, b&w, softcover, 6"x9"
"In A People’s History of the U.S. Military, historian
Michael A. Bellesiles draws from three centuries of soldiers’ personal
encounters with combat -through fascinating excerpts from letters,
diaries, and memoirs, as well as audio recordings, film, and blogs -to
capture the essence of the American military experience firsthand, from
the American Revolution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
service can shatter and give meaning to lives; it is rarely a neutral
encounter, and has contributed to a rich outpouring of personal
testimony from the men and women who have literally placed their lives
on the line. The often dramatic and always richly textured
first-person accounts collected in this book cover a wide range of
perspectives, from ardent patriots to disillusioned cynics; barely
literate farm boys to urbane college graduates; scions of founding
families to recent immigrants, enthusiasts, and dissenters; women
disguising themselves as men in order to serve their country to African
Americans fighting for their freedom through military service. "