MEMORANDUM FOR Course Director,
SUBJECT: Book Review: For The Common Defense
The two authors of this book were Allan R. Millett and Peter Maslowski. Maslowski, the author of chapters one through nine, is a professor of U.S. Military History and U.S. History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned his Ph. D at Ohio State University and has served on the Army Historical Advisory Committee, the Executive Board of War In History, and the Board of Trustees of the Society for Military History. He holds three prestigious awards for outstanding teaching. Millett , the author of chapters ten through eighteen, is a Professor of Military History at Ohio State University. He also earned his Ph. D at Ohio State. A U.S. Marine Corps officer, retired, for over 30 years, he has held positions such as president of the American Military Institute, chair of the U.S. Bibliographic Committee for the International Commission of Military History, and a founding member and trustee of the Marine Corps Historical Foundation. He has also won many awards for his writings, service, and teaching.
For the Common Defense contains accounts of the United States military from the Army's conception in 1775 all the way to the end of the Cold War in the early 1990's. His historical examinations begin with the early colonial front in the late 1500's. From the colonists' early struggles with the Indians and Great Britain's clutch to the complete allocation of resources in the Civil War to the mass invasion of World War II, Millett and Maslowski compile an easy to read, factual, non-bias account of our nation's military defenses.
This book captures three main ideas as we look into our nation's military. The first is how industrialization and new technology constantly changed the way we fought. The early musket caused us to be slow on the draw and with improves of firearms, fighting became faster paced. Cannons made long range fighting more prevalent and began the early...
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