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Award-winning author D.M. Giangreco is a former editor of the U.S. Army's professional journal, Military Review, and the author of numerous books about military affairs, including War in Korea, 1950-1953; Delta: America's Elite Counterterrorist Force (with Terry A. Griswold); Eyewitness D-Day: Firsthand Accounts from the Landing at Normandy to the Liberation of Paris (with Kathryn Moore); and Eyewitness Pacific Theater: Firsthand Accounts of the War in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to the Atomic Bomb (with John T. Kuehn). He was also coauthor of Eyewitness Vietnam: Firsthand Accounts from Operation Rolling Thunder to the Fall of Saigon (with Donald L. Gilmore). Most recently, Giangreco was awarded the Moncado Prize by the Society for Military History for his article "Casualty Projects for the U.S. Invasions of Japan, 1945-1946: Planning and Policy Implications." His "Special Forces: The History Behind America's New Front-line Fighters" was the cover story of the November 2002 issue of American Heritage.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402791046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402791048
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 10 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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D. M. Giangreco, served as an editor at Military Review, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for 20 years. Giangreco has lectured widely on national security matters. An award-winning author of 12 books on military and sociopolitical subjects, he has also written extensively for various national and international publications and news agencies. Giangreco was awarded the Society for Military History's 1998 Moncado Prize for his article "Casualty Projections for the US Invasions of Japan, 1945-1946: Planning and Policy Implications." Giangreco also won the Gerard Gilbert Award (1988 France and Colonies Philatelic Society) for his book Roosevelt, de Gaulle, and the Posts, and his article "The Truth About Kamikazes," was the principal nomination of US Naval Institute, Annapolis, for the Association of Naval Aviation's award for Best Article of 1997 on Naval Aviation. Giangreco's work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Russian (pirated), Japanese, and Chinese. His most recent books are, Dear Harry on the correspondence of "Everyday Americans" with the Truman White House (2000), Artillery in Korea: Massing Fires and Reinventing the Wheel (2003), the Eyewitness series for Barnes & Noble Books -- Eyewitness D-Day (2004), Eyewitness Vietnam (2006), Eyewitness Pacific Theater (2008), and most recently, Hell to Pay (2009), and The Soldier from Independence (2009).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jerry D. Morelock on November 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Giangreco's latest book is a visually stunning, comprehensive history of the U. S. Army that is much more than merely another 'coffee table' book. Containing 180,000 words of well-researched narrative, it is a useful reference (and a revealing read) on the history of America's oldest military service. I highly recommend this latest book from the acclaimed, Moncado Prize-winning author of 'Hell to Pay' and 'The Soldier from Independence.'
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chanley M. Mohney on June 28, 2013
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In the introduction Mr. Giangreco states that the secret of the Army's success is...its "soul"--an intangible flame called esprit de corps. But esprit de corps only goes so far. The Army is affected by the character of the nation and the will of the people to resist. However, as it always has done, the Army perseveres and does its duty while upholding the ideals of the founding fathers. The story of the U.S. Army is the really about the soldier using more than 1400 illustrations of uniforms, insignia, maps, portraits, weapons, and more. (p. 10)
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania was created to "Tell the Army Story...one soldier at a time." Mr. Giangreco's book, with its stories of soldiers, seems to be the perfect complement to USAHEC. The author tells the Army story primarily through illustrations showing its soldiers and the weapons, maps, and artifacts they used, tying it all together with brief narratives. Although some of the illustrations are familiar to us, the author has put considerable effort into finding fresh material to illustrate his book.
The Saratoga story (pp. 30-33) includes seven illustrations, including paintings of the battle and the surrender. To illustrate this story further Mr. Giangreco has overlain the painting of the surrender ceremony with a photo of the sword British General John Burgoyne is seen giving the American General Horatio Gates. The author also has added a photo of a military fife used in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, identifying the soldiers that used it in the caption.
This theme is carried on throughout the book. Wherever possible, the author has identified the soldier that used the items, such as the Bible on page 129.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 12, 2014
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I received the book as a Christmas gift, and ever since, I've been working my way through it. For a military history buff, I can't imagine a more compelling book about the US Army. And it's a huge book, a true coffee table size at 10"x11½" and almost an inch-and-a-half thick. Organized chronologically, it's a treasure trove of photographs, drawings, maps, and descriptions of every major campaign the US Army has participated in, from the first Continental Army to the Iraq War.

At the time I'm writing this, the paperback edition which I have is selling for less than $20 on Amazon. That's a bargain for such a great source of information. This is one of those books that if you spot it on a friend's coffee table, you'll be there for hours perusing it. Seriously, it's that interesting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James D. Miller on May 18, 2013
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It's nearly an impossible task to cover the entire history of the United States Army from its humble beginnings in 1607 to the present (2011) and call it a definitive history, but somehow D. M. Giangreco has managed to do it. Of course it took a massive book of 11.4 x 9.8 x 1.4 inches and 528 pages do it in, and it's fully illustrated too!

Each chapter of Mr. Giangreco's "The Definitive Illustrated History" covers specific a period of the Army's History:

* Creating a Continental Army, 1607-1782
* The Army and the Young Republic, 1794-1848
* Regulars, Volunteers and Civil War, 1861-1865
* War on the Plains and Domestic Strife, 1865-1878
* Beyond the Borders, The Far East, Caribbean and Mexico, 1877-1917
* Over There, 1917-1921
* Between Two Wars, 1919-1941
* Victory in the Pacific, 1941-1945
* Defeating Nazi Germany, 1942-1945
* The Cold War Turns Hot, 1945-1953
* Preparing for the "Next War" and Vietnam, 1953-1973
* The Volunteer Army, Panama, and the Persian Gulf, 1972-1991
* A "New" Enemy, 1991-2011

Of course even for a book of its size it would be impossible for it to be an in depth study spanning every phase of the United States Army's four hundred year history. That would take multiple volumes and span several feet of valuable shelf space. Mr. Giangreco takes a "skirt-length" approach to each of his chapters: short enough to keep it interesting, but long enough to adequately cover the subject.

Also included are four Appendices:
* Appendix A: Medals and Decorations; Ribbon-Only Awards; Unit Commendations and Foreign Citations.
* Appendix B: Campaign Streamers; Chiefs of Staff of the U. S. Army
* Appendix C: Branches of the U. S.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joel R. VINE VOICE on May 24, 2013
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"United States Army: The Definitive Illustrated History" is a visually stunning masterpiece that captures the essence of America's Army.

Giangreco traces the roots of the Army back to the American Revolution. He does a masterful job weaving snippets of major battles, technology, and organization along with period artwork and photographs as illustrations. He also added citations and photographs for notable Medal of Honor winners.

I cannot rave enough about the quality artwork that he found for the book. This book is a must-have for any person who loves the United States Army.
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