Regular price: $24.95
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $24.95
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, Alexander Rose begins by re-creating the lost and alien world of 18th-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.
Cover design by Carlos BeltránCover photograph courtesy of The National Archives.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By John OBrien on 04-22-16
As a Marine Corps Veteran of the Vietnam War who survived the Battle Of Dai Do, I can understand a little bit better how combat has affected my life. The author is quite right, war is not glamorous, but it is vicious, savage and horrible. It is regrettable that as long as there are two human beings on this planet there will surely be wars. The author brings home with accurate details the insanity of war on a level to those who have not experienced combat. Reminding me of the phrase, "for those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. I highly recommend this book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Danny E Sieg on 03-25-16
Good rendering of the American Soldier.
An enjoyable work of nonfiction. I looked forward to listening each day. Never wandered from writing into the sensational realm of glorifying war's actions.The narrator provided an elegant reading of these Men under the severe hardships of War. I have become a fan of this authors style. A thorough examination of historical facts.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful