Warriors and Scholars: A Modern War Reader

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Peter B. Lane, Ronald E. Marcello
University of North Texas Press, 2005 - 288 pages
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Few works of military history are able to move between the battlefield and academia. But Warriors and Scholars takes the best from both worlds by presenting the viewpoints of senior, eminent military historians on topics of their specialty, alongside veteran accounts for the modern war being discussed. Editors Peter Lane and Ronald Marcello have added helpful contextual and commentary footnotes for student readers.

The papers, originally from the University of North Texas's annual Military History Seminar, are organized chronologically from World War II to the present day, making this a modern war reader of great use for the professional and the student. Scholars and topics include David Glantz on the Soviet Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945; Robert Divine on the decision to use the atomic bomb; George Herring on Lyndon Baines Johnson as Commander-in-Chief; and Brian Linn comparing the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq with the 1899-1902 war in the Philippines.

Veterans and their topics include flying with the Bloody 100th by John Luckadoo; an enlisted man in the Pacific theater of World War II, by Roy Appleton; a POW in Vietnam, by David Winn; and Cold War duty in Moscow, by Charles Hamm.

This book pairs eminent military historians and veterans discussing key military engagements and themes, from World War II to the present. Inside are such illustrious names in military history as David Glantz (Soviet warfare in WWII), Robert Divine (decision to use atomic bomb), George Herring (Johnson as commander-in-chief), and Brian Linn (comparing occupation in Philippines 1899-1902 with current occupation in Iraq). Within each military period in question is a veteran's narrative account, giving an "I was there" perspective of the war being discussed.

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Major John H Luckadoo USAAF Ret
1st Lieutenant David R Braden USAAF
Dr Robert A Divine University of Texas
Colonel Henry G Gole USA Ret
Dr George C Herring University of Kentucky
Brigadier General David W Winn USAF Ret
Dr Brian M Linn Texas AM University

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About the author (2005)

Peter B. Lane served two tours as a fighter pilot in Vietnam and then earned his doctorate in Eastern European history from the University of Washington. He teaches history at the University of North Texas and specializes in European history and the Bosnian crisis.

Ronald E. Marcello received his Ph.D. from Duke University and is professor of history at the University of North Texas and director of the Oral History Program, where he has conducted over 1,000 interviews with World War II veterans. Coeditor of three books dealing with oral history and military history, his academic specialty is the Age of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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