From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-The material in this well-researched set is divided into 11 chapters covering the Colonial era, Westward movement, the Civil War, World War II, the Korean and early Cold Wars, and the post-Cold War era, including recent conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Each chapter begins with an extensive overview of the era, followed by date entries that vary from just a few lines to multiple pages in length. Entries about important battles are marked by a stylized sunburst. When appropriate, articles are accompanied by informatively captioned black-and-white charts, battle maps, art reproductions, and/or vintage photos; all are followed by further reading suggestions. Adding significantly to the value of the set are the numerous boxed articles. Usually at least a page long, they offer, for example, biographies of military leaders and descriptions and histories of planes, ships, and various weapons. Chapters conclude with excerpts from primary documents, statistics, and an extensive bibliography. Volume 4 contains appendixes of general statistics, military ranks, and military awards and decorations; a glossary; a comprehensive bibliography; and chronological and general indexes. This is by far one of the best military chronologies available today and it deserves a place in most collections.-Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KSα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This chronology demonstrates the entwining of American military history with American political history from the era of voyages of discovery (when European monarchs vied for North American colonies) through the U.S.’ post 9/11 ventures in the Middle East. In four volumes, 11 sections are devoted to a major time period and trace the interplay of the military and the political. An overview essay provides context for the incident-by-incident reports of relevant events in each period. This includes events such as the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War; the clash of the ironclad ships Virginia and Monitor in 1862; the Battle of the Little Bighorn; the destruction of the USS Maine in Havana’s harbor; the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo; the Doolittle raid over Tokyo in 1942; the Six-Day War in 1967; the fall of Saigon in April 1975; and the invasion of Iraq in 2003. These stand out in stark relief amid the thousands of military, diplomatic, and political incidents chronicled over more than five centuries Sidebar articles describe significant weapons and technologies, profile American and Native American military leaders, map battles, and reprint excerpts from landmark documents (e.g., an account of the Boston Tea Party; Lee’s report to Jefferson Davis on the Battle of Gettysburg; Woodrow Wilson’s “The Fourteen Points” address to Congress; Eisenhower’s “Order of the Day” for June 6, 1944; George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil” speech). This excellent set offers more comprehensive coverage and describes each event in greater detail than John Fredriksen’s Chronology of American Military History (2010). Although other almanacs and chronologies devoted to specific wars expand on this set’s coverage, this chronology will serve students well, especially in libraries that lack Fredriksen’s or that require more granular detail. --James Rettig