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Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg and Iwo Jima

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In the grand tradition of John Keegan's enduring classic The Face of Battle comes a searing, unforgettable chronicle of war through the eyes of the American soldiers who fought in three of our most iconic battles: Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima. This is not a book about how great generals won their battles, nor is it a study in grand strategy. "Men of War" is instead a riveting, visceral and astonishingly original look at ordinary soldiers under fire. Drawing on an immense range of firsthand sources from the battlefield, Rose begins by re-creating the lost and alien world of eighteenth-century warfare at Bunker Hill, the bloodiest clash of the War of Independence, and reveals why the American militiamen were so lethally effective against the oncoming waves of British troops. Then, focusing on Gettysburg, Rose describes a typical Civil War infantry action, vividly explaining what Union and Confederate soldiers experienced before, during and after combat. Finally, he shows how in 1945 the Marine Corps hurled itself with the greatest possible violence at the island of Iwo Jima, where nearly a third of all Marines killed in World War II would die. As Rose demonstrates, the most important factor in any battle is the human one: At Bunker Hill, Gettysburg and Iwo Jima, the American soldier, as much as any general, proved decisive. To an unprecedented degree, "Men of War" brings home the reality of combat and, just as important, its aftermath in the form of the psychological and medical effects on veterans. As such, the book makes a critical contribution to military history by narrowing the colossal gulf between the popular understanding of wars and the experiences of the soldiers who fight them.

Praise for "Men of War:"
"A tour de force . . . strikingly vivid, well-observed, and compulsively readable." The Daily Beast.

Page Count
Random House Trade
Publisher (Publication Date)
01 March 2016
Alexander Rose
Ages (yrs)
18 years and up
Grade Level
12 and up
History / Military / United States
Length (in.)
1.06 in.
Width (Inches)
5.5 in.
8.25 in.
0.87 lbs.
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