Joseph T. Glatthaar is Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has written eight books and numerous articles and has received and many awards, including the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for lifetime achievement from the Society for Military History. A past president of the Society for Military History, he is the author of General Lee's Army: A History of the Army of Northern Virginia and Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers.
In just 127 small pages of text, Glatthaar, a historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gallops through American military history from the French and Indian War all the way to Iraq and Afghanistan. Impressively, he manages to provide a lot more than battle histories, deftly delving into technological advances, social changes and political contexts. Anyone looking for a place to begin understanding the military history of our country would do well to start here. --homas E. Ricks, New York Times Book Review Glatthaar delivers a masterpiece of compression, covering US arms from the colonial beginnings to yesterday in four chapters and 127 pages. --Choice An essential introduction to the development of the US army... What Glatthaar gains through brevity and accessibility, he does not lose in terms of detailed examination and cutting insight... Well-written and informative, this book is a delight to read for amateurs and experts alike; highly recommended. --Military History Matters