The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Tales from Yorktown to Fallujah (Don't Know Much About)
Kenneth C. Davis
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Multi-million-copy bestselling historian Kenneth C. Davis sets his sights on war stories in The Hidden History of America at War. In prose that will remind you of "the best teacher you ever had" (People Magazine), Davis brings to life six emblematic battles, revealing untold tales that span our nation's history, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq. Along the way, he illuminates why we go to war, who fights, the grunt's-eye view of combat, and how these conflicts reshaped our military and national identity.
From the Battle of Yorktown (1781), where a fledgling America learned hard lessons about what kind of military it would need to survive, to Fallujah (2004), which epitomized the dawn of the privatization of war, Hidden History of America at War takes readers inside the battlefield, introducing them to key characters and events that will shatter myths, misconceptions, and romanticism, replacing them with rich insight.
Administration Promises, Few Signs of Change in Drone Wars” “Military’s ‘Iron Man’ Suit May Be Ready to Test This Summer”5 And perhaps most sadly but not surprisingly: “Severe Report Finds V.A. Hid Waiting Lists at Hospital” We have exchanged some of the bayonets and M-16s for joysticks that control drones from air-conditioned comfort thousands of miles from the target and the sophisticated tools of cyberwar that can infect an enemy’s computer command and control systems with deadly viruses.
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Yale Book of Quotations. Thank you for buying this ebook, published by Hachette Digital. To receive special offers, bonus content, and news about our latest ebooks and apps, sign up for our newsletters. Sign Up Or visit us at hachettebookgroup.com/newsletters Contents Cover Title Page Welcome Epigraph Dedication Introduction CHAPTER ONE: Washington’s Men Yorktown, Virginia—October 1781 CHAPTER TWO: The Battle of the Old Men and the Young Boys Petersburg, Virginia—June 1864 CHAPTER THREE:
ratifies the Treaty of Paris with Spain. March 2 Congress authorizes the addition of 65,000 men to the regular army and asks for 35,000 volunteers to suppress a Filipino rebellion led by Emilio Aguinaldo. June 20 While fighting continues in the Philippines, the United States also sends troops to China as part of an international “relief force” to quell the anti-Western Boxer Rebellion. November 6 President McKinley wins reelection; his new vice president is Theodore Roosevelt. 1901 March 23
the door with my shower shoes on. My fellow hooch mates always made fun of me because I never took time to put on my uniform. So there I was in combat gear in my underwear and shower shoes. To me, speed was the most important thing—I wanted to stay alive.”6 The onslaught began a little after 3:30 a.m., when a rocket and mortar barrage rocked the predawn quiet. Coming during a formal cease-fire, the shock of the surprise attack was soon followed by thousands of North Vietnamese soldiers storming