Prodigal Soldiers: How the Generation of Officers Born of Vietnam Revolutionized the American Style of War

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Documenting the transformation of the U.S. military from Vietnam to the Gulf War, a history of a generation of officers examines changing ideas about war, ending the draft, reducing racial tensions, and integrating women into the ranks.

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James Kitfield, the award-winning defense and foreign affairs correspondent for National Journal, was embedded with forward headquarters of V Corps during the Iraq War and has reported from Iraq and Washington in the war's aftermath. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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The transformation of the American armed forces from the dispirited shell-shocked military at the close of the Vietnam era to the superbly trained, highly motivated, and universally respected victors in the Persian Gulf War is as dramatic a tale as any in American military history. Kitfield, an award-winning journalist on defense issues, follows the careers of dozens of army, navy, air force, and marine officers from their early service years in Vietnam to their success as commanders in the defeat of the Iraqis. While organizational and technical issues play a role, the book concentrates on the human aspect of this startling redirection of the U.S. military. A useful supplement to Michael Gordon's The Generals' War (LJ 12/94) and Al Santoli's overlooked Leading the Way (LJ 9/15/93), this is an essential addition to Vietnam and Persian Gulf War collections. Strongly recommended for academic and public libraries.
John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib., Loudonville, N.Y.
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