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'Judith Stiehm's book is masterly. It is based on decades of working within the military system, yet somehow speaks cogently and clearly to general audiences. At a time when war is more complex than ever, yet fewer Americans come into contact with the armed forces than at any other time in our modern history as a nation, the timing for this great read could not be better either.' - Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institute, Washington DC

'Many of us know more about the lingo, actors, strategies of our favorite football team than we do about those of our country's military. Judith Stiehm has given us here a straightforward, demystifying guide to the US military. Reading it will enable us to be more effective citizens.'Cynthia Enloe, Clark University

'Judith Stiehm offers readers a primer on the U.S. military, which explores various dimensions of the armed services, describes the tools of war (and peace), and poses fundamental questions on the U.S. military and society.' - Derek Reveron, US Naval War College

"The military is central to America's global role but very few Americans have first or even second-hand knowledge about military matters. This book bridges that gap better than any I have seen. It is a classic primer, covering the basics and providing a guided tour that will benefit any and every citizen. Stiehm has great command of her material and conveys it in a remarkably readable and informative fashion." -Peter Feaver, Duke University

'Anyone interested in learning about the US military and its customs, structure, and capabilities should read this book. Doing so will give the reader the ability to participate in a meaningful way in debates about the proper role of the armed forces in our society. A must read for scholars, policymakers, students, and citizens.' - Lawrence J. Korb, Center for American Progress

'Stiehm brings the kind of clarity to the U.S. military that is invaluable to students and scholars who study the military, to journalists who cover military matters from Coronado to Kandahar, and to every citizen who seeks to understand what a yearly budget of over $500 billion buys.’ - Carol Burke, University of California, Irvine

'This compact book provides a primer for debates and discussions about the proper nature and use of the US military... Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels.' - M. A. Morris, Clemson University, CHOICE

About the Author

Judith Hicks Stiehm is Professor of Political Science at Florida International University. She is author of several books on the military and recently served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cass Military Studies
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415782155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415782159
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By STBurns on December 29, 2014
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If you are looking for a basic yet still detailed introduction to the U.S. military (i.e., policy, doctrine, structure, current weaponry, etc.) this book covers it. It is a quick read and reads somewhat like a textbook. It does not get into military culture, mentality or traditions as much as I had hoped. Everything in this book stays pretty high level--so it is truly an introduction. This is one of the very few "US Military 101" books I've found and it was worth the purchase (although expensive at $30 for a small paperback, 100 page book).
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