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Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the Twenty-First Century Paperback – December 13, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0415886772 ISBN-10: 0415886775 Edition: Pap/Psc

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Pap/Psc edition (December 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415886775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415886772
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The data is accurate. The analysis is perceptive. The material is well organized. The text is crisply written. The maps and sidebars are illuminating.This is, in short, not merely a model course text, but a valuable general-audience survey of the American military experience.’ Dennis Showalter, Colorado College, US

‘Matthew Muehlbauer and David Ulbrich have raised the standard for American military history textbooks with their Ways of War.Featuring a lively narrative that synthesizes the latest scholarship, this volume will engage undergraduate readers on several levels while serving the pedagogical needs of their professors.I look forward to adopting Ways of War as the main textbook in my own United States at War course.’ —Gregory J. W. Urwin, Professor of History, Temple University, US

‘The authors wrote Ways of War for two related audiences. Undergraduate students of American Military History gain the base breadth of coverage and depth of detail necessary for them to go on into the specialized monographs and articles. Instructors are assured that the diligent and attentive student will have the context and bibliographic starting points that allows the instructor to examine specific topics, campaigns or battles, and provides enough introduction to support the assignment of substantive papers and research topics.’ — Joseph Fitzharris, University of St Thomas, US

‘American Military History: From the Colonial Period to the Present offers a detailed yet expansive view of U.S. military history.The authors deftly survey America’s military past, exploring definitive wars and campaigns, but also issues of policy, strategy and leadership.This is a useful and informative text, especially for introductory college courses examining the broad sweep of American military history.’ — Lesley J. Gordon, University of Akron, USA

'In their new survey for Routledge, military historians Matthew S. Muehlbauer and David J. Ulbrich move beyond a simplified critique of Russell F. Weigley’s critical “American Way of War” thesis to offer a reassessment of how the construct evolved from a number of original influences to take on various forms and applications as circumstances dictated.  The end result is a view of American military affairs that is marked by an inherent flexibility that has on occasion been hamstrung by misperceptions on the part of the nation’s civilian and military leaders.  Based on a wide range of secondary scholarship in American Military History, Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2013) offers far more analytical and narrative detail than many other like-minded surveys, making it a worthy candidate for supplementing and succeeding Weigley’s original 1973 work.' — Bobby Wintermute, New Books in Military History

"The authors are well aware of trends in military history to include far more than narrations of battles and campaigns, and each chapter is replete with context, both political and social…these are individually strong chapters, and they are well suited to the classroom. The authors are up-to-date; the old stories and the newer slightly revised versions are all there. It is well illustrated, well organized, and designed to get students to think critically about the use of force and the strategies behind that use." —Wayne Lee, University of North Carolina, USA

"As a whole, Ways of War (and its website) are rich in detail and will lead serious students to examine—or re-examine—the primary source material in their areas of particular interest. Matthew Muehlbauer and David Ulbrich deserve high marks for refusing to whitewash recent or long-ago mistakes made by the American military. Their open and honest approach serves them well in their effort to convey the broad scope of US military history and its relevance to American society as a whole. Their ambitious book merits a place on the same shelf as the work of Russell Weigley and in undergraduate or graduate survey courses in American military history." —Nathan Albright in Michigan War Studies Review

«Au-delà d’une introduction ne manquant pas de revenir sur un certain nombre de fondamentaux de la théorie stratégique, le contexte militaire mondial dans lequel se développent les forces américaines n’est pas oublié : il est ainsi question des effets de la révolution militaire, du rôle des femmes dans les forces armées, de stratégie des moyens et de conceptions doctrinales mais aussi de la centralité des armées et du fait militaire dans l’histoire américaine. L’ouvrage contient ainsi plus de 100 cartes, une série d’encadrés et chaque chapitre est suivi d’une courte bibliographie. L’écriture, vivante et claire, rend accessible l’ensemble et offre une vision exhaustive constituant de facto une très bonne introduction… Un ouvrage qui dépasse donc le seul cadre historique et que l’on peut sans conteste qualifier de « meilleure introduction » sur le sujet. Indispensable donc.» — Joseph Henrotin, Défense et Sécurité Internationale

About the Author

Matthew Muehlbauer is currently a Visiting Professor at Manhattan College, but has taught military history at schools including the United States Military Academy, Rutgers University, and Austin Peay State University.

David J. Ulbrich is Assistant Professor of History at Rogers State University. He is author of the award-winning Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan m nielson on July 23, 2014
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Readers please see my Amazon Prime review of Ways of War. This is an outstanding contribution of American military history. It belongs in the library of anyone interested in the subject.
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