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The 7th Infantry Regiment: Combat in an Age of Terror: The Korean War Through the Present Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0765303059 ISBN-10: 0765303051 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765303051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765303059
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,332,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This is the first of a two-volume chronicle telling the modern-day story of the 7th Infantry, a regiment which has seen more active service than any other over its 200-year history. Historian McManus (Alamo in the Ardennes) begins with the Korean War. The 7th came ashore in late 1950, just in time to meet the onslaught of Chinese forces. After bitter fighting, it returned to the front in South Korea to participate in bloody offensives both large and small. Only one battalion of the 7th fought in Vietnam, and the author recounts its four years of conflict before moving on to the 1990s, when reforms had converted the army into an all-volunteer force of professionals, superbly equipped and ready to fight in Iraq. There, the 7th inflicted great damage on the foe but rarely suffered a casualty. McManus's overview of recent wars from the 7th's point of view draws on exhaustive research and interviews with veterans. The result is a book devoted largely to battlefield human interest stories, miniautobiographies of soldiers and exciting but disconnected accounts of individual unit actions that may engage military buffs more than the general reader. (May)
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From Booklist

The first in a two-volume history of the oldest U.S. Army regiment in continuous existence covers the Seventh Infantry in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and the opening of the Iraq War. Using primary sources assiduously and skillfully, McManus gives us the infantryman’s-eye view of war, whether the particular soldier be a lieutenant colonel or a private, a Medal of Honor winner or a man merely doing his duty. He thereby affords a brilliant, in-the-round portrait of three generations of American infantrymen—their backgrounds, weapons, tactics, enemies, and postwar experiences. He also produces some of the best infantry-combat narratives around, whether they arise from marching out from Chosin (and having the marines hog all the credit), repelling a last-ditch NVA offensive against Saigon, fighting Gulf War battles after the cease-fire, or running out of supplies and into car bombs during the march on Baghdad. If McManus does even half as well with the second volume, on the Seventh from the War of 1812 to World War II, this will be a military-history keystone. --Roland Green

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I highly recommend this book to anyone who interested in U.S. military history.
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I found this book more interesting than the first part, which surprised me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Danby on March 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
John McManus has a great gift for writing engrossing historical narratives. Don't let the academic title and cover deceive you. His latest book is not some dry academic chronicle of the 7th Infantry Regiment ("the Cottonbalers") from the Korean War to the modern era. It is up close and personal journey with the American infantryman as he struggles to carry out his mission through all kinds of adversity in all kinds of wars.

McManus takes you from the rugged mountains of Korea where seemingly endless waves of Chinese threaten to dislodge you from your frozen hillside foxhole, to the humid, mosquito infested rice paddies of Vietnam where a ghostly enemy strikes suddenly and then disappears. The saga ends with modern day Cottonbalers dispersing from Bradleys to battle insurgents in the heart of Baghdad. McManus not only tells a good series of stories, he paints graphic pictures complete with sights, smells, and sounds.

Throughout the book's subject span of nearly sixty years, the names, the weapons and the geographic settings change, but the unique burdens of the infantryman remain unchanged. McManus reminds the reader that wars are won by an army's ability to capture and hold ground. This is the dirty, thankless job of an infantryman whether he wears a steel pot and carries a carbine, or relies on Kevlar, night-vision, and an M16.

I am looking forward to reading the upcoming "prequel" to this unique unit history. McManus will detail the 7th Infantry Regiment from the War of 1812 to WWII. I expect another round of engaging storytelling where a musket, Springfield, and M1 Garand will be placed alternately into my figurative hands. I also suspect the core theme will remain: the queen of battle is, and always has been, the infantry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William C. Bailey on September 6, 2008
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John C. McManus has again written an excellent military history this time with a focus on the a single regiment. As usual, McManus has combined military reports of combat with eyewitness accounts of the soldiers who were there in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. While each of these wars occurred for different reasons, in different countries, and with different enemys, the American soldiers of the 7th Regiment served with honor and courage.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who interested in U.S. military history. Dr. McManus is superb historian with the ability to write well and keep the reader's attention. I am looking forward reading the next volume in the story of the 7th Regiment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Schreckengost on July 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the gold standard of regimental histories and the 7th US Infantry Regiment (currently assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division) deserves it. I found this book more interesting than the first part, which surprised me. His summary of Korea helped me better understand the broader issues of the war (and yes, MacArthur should have been relieved after the line was stabilized in 1951). Vietnam--awesome--as the 7th IR was assigned to the Saigon AOR. Gulf War--great. Iraq War/march up, outstanding!

I thank the author for his work.
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