America's Wars

 
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In America's Wars, one of the nation's leading authors of popular history provides a unique one-stop resource for essential information on every military action involving the United States and its precursor colonies. Comprehensive coverage includes:
* Capsule histories of every recorded conflict that occurred in North America or involved the United States through the present day
* Engagingly written accounts of more than 100 wars, skirmishes, and military expeditions
* More than 100 illustrations, including period photos and depictions
* Compelling firsthand accounts of major engagements
* Timelines and primary-source documents
* Fresh insights into the underlying causes and consequences of each conflict
Wiley Desk References are comprehensive, generously illustrated reference works on major historical, cultural, and scientific topics. Their easy-to-use format helps you quickly find just the information you need, while first-person accounts and excerpts from official documents, letters, and other primary sources bring the subject to life. Wiley Desk References give you all the information you need on the subjects that matter most.

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America’s Wars

From ferocious colonial conflicts with Native Americans, through revolution, civil war, and global hostilities, America’s history is punctuated with wars, skirmishes, and military expeditions almost too numerous to be presented in a single, all-inclusive reference–until now.

America’s Wars is the ultimate one-stop resource for essential information on every significant recorded conflict in American history, from Bunker Hill to the Bataan Peninsula, from Antietam to Afghanistan. Award-winning historian Alan Axelrod delivers the hard facts and figures, ferrets out telling details, and separates truth from legend. Including primary-source documents throughout, Axelrod provides a highly readable narrative laced with lively first-person accounts of some of the most memorable moments from America’s military past.

America’s Wars sheds light on the underlying causes of each conflict and offers fresh insight and perspective on the conduct and historical impact of more than 100 armed struggles. Axelrod’s thorough research and careful examination of established facts make for a few surprises as well, such as the revelation that the costliest war in American history was fought a century before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Supplemented with more than 100 illustrations, including many period photographs, America’s Wars also features helpful historical timelines and easy at-a-glance access to important military data. With compelling depictions, engaging chronicles, and authoritative information, this unique volume is an essential resource for anyone interested in American military history.

About the Author:

ALAN AXELROD is a popular historian and the award-winning author of more than fifty books. He has been a consultant to numerous museums and cultural institutions, as well as a historical consultant for the Discovery Channel and the WB Network. A former publishing executive, he is now president of the Ian Samuel Group, a book packager specializing in reference works.

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