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Publisher's Summary

As the fledgling nation looked west to the land beyond the Appalachian Mountains, it turned to the army to advance and defend its national interests. Clashing with Spain, Britain, France, Mexico, the Confederacy, and Indians in this pursuit of expansion, the Army's failures and successes alternately delayed and hastened western migration. Roads, river improvements, and railroads, often constructed or facilitated by the army, further solidified the nation's presence as it reached the Pacific Ocean and expanded north and south to the borders of Canada and Mexico. Western military experiences thus illustrate the dual role played by the United States Army in insuring national security and fostering national development.
Robert Wooster's study examines the fundamental importance of military affairs to social, economic, and political life throughout the borderlands and western frontiers. Integrating the work of other military historians as well as tapping into a broad array of primary materials, Wooster offers a multifaceted narrative that will shape our understanding of the frontier military experience, its relationship with broader concerns of national politics, and its connection to major themes and events in American history.
©2009 University of New Mexico Press (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"This impressive volume sums up and advances understanding of the US Army in the West. Highly recommended." ( Choice)
"Wooster deserves an appreciative audience for this work, among both lay readers and specialists alike." ( Great Plains Quarterly)
"Historians of the frontier, American West, and United States military will find gems of insight in its pages." ( American Historical Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By N. H. on 11-07-15

Fascinating and approachable history

The American Military Frontiers was a fascinating audiobook. It traces the history of the US Army back to the very beginnings of our nation. It contains a wealth of information. I listened to it in smaller increments than I usually do to help process all the information. I learned quite a bit and am interested in learning more on several sections covered. One example is the Civil War on the frontier. The production values were very good. The volume was steady and there were no extraneous noises. Mr. Chekijian has a pleasant voice. He spoke clearly and I had no difficulty understanding what he was saying. I would recommend The American Military Frontiers for anyone who enjoys American history. Although it may seem more academic, I found it to be very approachable without having an advanced education.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

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4 out of 5 stars
By zoe on 06-25-15

American Frontier

What did you love best about The American Military Frontiers?

This book is an overview of the U.S. Army’s involvement in the Indian Wars from 1783 to 1900. It covered the essential material explaining their involvement with western expansionism of the U.S. population, their assistance in improving the frontier infrastructure through the building of roads and assisting with the construction of railroads.

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