America's Wars and Military Excursions

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An overview of the military excursions and wars undertaken in the course of United States history includes the Seminole War, the nineteenth-century assault on Japan, and interventions in Latin America and Vietnam

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In an earnest attempt to compensate for "the failure of our educational system to teach our youth the story of our own country," journalist and historian Hoyt chronicles the military aspects of that story simply and directly. His opinions are blunt: on relations between Washington and Havana, he remarks, "We should have bought all Castro's sugar and made him thoroughly dependent on us." Hoyt is sharply critical of U.S. military and political failures in connection wth most of our "excursions," particularly those south of the border; his comments on the origins of antiU.S. feeling in Latin America are especially relevant. In conclusion, he argues that the nonprofessional volunteer army is incompetent and that the U.S. military needs to regain its sense of pride. Pugnaciously controversial, this latest (and most ambitious) work from an increasingly respected historian should be widely read. Major ad/promo; Military Book Club selection.
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In this survey of America's martial experience, popular military writer Hoyt perceives U.S. international policies as well intentioned but too often characterized by uncertainty, idealism, and ethnocentrism. This has been most obvious and dangerous in regions where America has been involved for long periods of time from positions of strength: the Far East and Latin America. Hoyt devotes relatively few pages to more successful, and spectacular, conflicts. Hoyt has good narrative skills and an eye for pointed anecdotes; his analyses are weak. Of interest to general readers, particularly in conjunction with Allan Millett and Peter Maslowski's more academic For the Common Defense (LJ 11/1/84). Military Book Club selection. Dennis Showalter, History Dept., Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs
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