"an intriguing collection of essays on the use of broadly-defined 'substandard' military manpower in the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War." -Military History
"Marble does us a great service by reminding us of the value of an inclusive military manpower policy. As a former Director of the Selective Service System I am all to aware of the cost of excluding men and women from military service. While on the face of it some excluded groups may not do as well as the "average" recruit, as a whole their contributions more than makes up for any extra effort in bring them through their service. Our ability to discriminate is so imperfect that It is best to treat each recruit as an individual, rather than to use the very imperfect and wasteful tool of stereotyping to fill the ranks." -Bernard Rostker, RAND Corporation
"Scraping the Barrel is the first holistic examination of the use of 'sub-standard' personnel in military organizations. The book makes an excellent contribution to the scholarship on the staffing and composition of military forces in both peace and war." -Peter Mansoor, The Ohio State University
"What Marble did with Scraping the Barrel is what any good historian does: inspire questions and leave the reader wanting to investigate further."-H-Net Reviews
". . . 'Scraping the Barrel' stands as an excellent and most welcome resource for a neglected topic, one that opens the door to further investigations of the complexities of personnel management during war time." -Michael Boden, Michigan War Studies Review
"This is an often fascination and well-written collection which reflects most favorably on its editor and those who have contributed to it. Together they have produced an important study in how military organizations, which have at times displayed considerable prejudice in viewing elements within their own society, have employed these same substandard forces in order to be able to continue to wage war." -War in History
About the Author
Sanders Marble is a historian for the U.S. Army Medical Command. He has written a variety of works about WWI and military medicine.