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Don't Tread on Me: A 400-Year History of America at War, from Indian Fighting to Terrorist Hunting Paperback – November 27, 2007
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There is something in this iconoclastic book to offend just about everyone. Crocker, a journalist and former political speechwriter, seems to delight in poking fun at a wide variety of targets in his survey of U.S. military conflicts from the colonial period to the present: Native Americans were savage, merciless barbarians; in the War of Independence, British generals were timid playboys, and many American patriots fought to protect their right to smuggle; Eisenhower was a cautious, political general who should have pushed American forces further east to limit Soviet domination. The one constant object of Crocker's admiration is the prowess of the ordinary American fighting man, portrayed by Crocker as tough, disciplined, and able to adapt quickly to changing circumstances on the battlefield. This isn't a scholarly work, and specialists could cringe at Crocker's sweeping generalizations and hyperbole. But laymen who wish to gain a general acquaintance with America's military history might appreciate Crocker's breezy narrative and irreverant style. Jay Freeman
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“A rousing crash course on the U.S. military tradition.”
“The best single volume I’ve found paying tribute to the American military is Don’t Tread on Me, a sweeping, fast-paced four-hundred-year history of America at war.”
—David Limbaugh, nationally syndicated columnist
“In witty and irreverent prose, author H. W. Crocker III provides a broad survey of America’s martial history. . . . Don’t Tread on Me deftly illuminates the full spectrum of America’s rich military traditions.”
—New York Sun
“A lively popular history of Americans at war. . . . [Don’t Tread on Me] fills gaps left by the grand narrative of American military history.”
“H. W. Crocker’s history of America’s wars is a rarity: a controversial and absorbing read about a crucial topic, the role that the military has played in shaping America’s past. I recommend it highly.”
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The author succeeds in this difficult task by giving us the whats and the hows and the whos of the wars and fights America fought, in an uncomplicated and straightforwardly fashion. Not devoid of sentiment, but not carried away by passion either. A cool and elegant history of the American Forces from the Indian wars to Afghanistan and Irak. It makes a perfect read for history buffs but, above all, for anybody who just wants to have a good time reading.