Daily Life of U.S. Soldiers: From the American Revolution to the Iraq War

Greenwood. 3 vols. Jun. 2019. 1,139p. ed. by ed. by Christopher R. Mortenson & Paul J. Springer. illus. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9781440863585. $309; ebk. ISBN 9781440863592. HIST
Mortenson (history, Ouachita Baptist Univ., AR; Politician in Uniform) and Springer (comparative military studies, Air Command; Staff Coll., Maxwell Air Force Base, AL; Encyclopedia of Cyber Warfare) have compiled a survey of the 15 most important U.S. conflicts since the American Revolution. Each battle is extensively reviewed, accompanied by an overview and sections on conscription and volunteers, training, social structure, daily life, religion, popular culture, weaponry, the home front, and more. Each chapter includes a detailed time line, primary documents, and a bibliography. This third volume features a general index, yet black-and-white photos and illustrations are neither numerous nor high-quality reproductions. Although encyclopedias are typically used for background information for research, this title’s scholarly treatment of its subject makes it an excellent companion to studies of any of the conflicts covered.
VERDICT Highly recommended for undergraduate majors and graduate students of history or military science, or general adult history buffs.
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