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Duty, Honor, Country: A History of West Point

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Publisher Comments:

"Stephen Ambrose's history leaves the reader with a greater understanding of the relationship between our treasure, West Point, and the society it supports." — Parameters

Book News Annotation:

After West Point's somewhat chaotic first ten years, Sylvanus Thayer took control in 1877, beginning its illustrious history as both a military academy and a scientific institution that even civilian schools have sought to imitate. This reprint of the 1966 publication includes its original foreword by Dwight D. Eisenhower and a new afterword by former West Point superintendent, Andrew J. Goodpasture. Ambrose is a widely published historian and founder of the D-Day Museum in New Orleans.
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Synopsis:

This new paperback edition of Stephen E. Ambrose's highly regarded history of the United States Military Academy features the original foreword by Dwight D. Eisenhower and a new afterword by former West Point superintendent Andrew J. Goodpaster.

Synopsis:

This new paperback edition of Stephen E. Ambrose's highly regarded history of the United States Military Academy features the original foreword by Dwight D. Eisenhower and a new afterword by former West Point superintendent Andrew J. Goodpaster.

There have been many other histories of West Point, but this is the best... From this excellent book every American will find interest and take pride in this truly national institution that has played so great a part in the building of the country. — Historical Times

The title of this first-rate account of the United States Military Academy is drawn from the Academy's motto... Ambrose] follows the long gray line through history, skillfully re-creating the administrations of West Point's outstanding superintendents (Sylvanus Thayer and Douglas MacArthur), telling some amusing anecdotes about cadets 'who simply refused to conform to the West Point mold' (James McNeill Whistler and Edgar Allan Poe). — New York Times Book Review

The conception of West Point, as Ambrose makes clear in his short history of the Military Academy, was immaculately Jeffersonian. It was a school to train engineers — that most liberal, nonaristocratic, and socially useful branch of the military service — not in order to create a corps d'?lite but to provide the reservoir of military expertise which was needed if the militia ideal were to become a practical reality... Ambrose has told this story clearly and well; he is at his best in tying it to the larger context of American politics, social attitudes, and higher education. — Journal of American History

A welcome addition to the growing literature on military education. Ambrose covers the whole history of West Point, from the first feeble beginnings under President Jefferson down to the present. He has carefully examined both the published and unpublished sources and has rounded out the basic data with numerous interviews. — Journal of Higher Education

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 355-362) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801862939
Afterword:
Goodpaster, Andrew J.
Foreword:
Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Author:
Ambrose, Stephen E.
Afterword by:
Goodpaster, Andrew J.
Afterword:
Goodpaster, Andrew J.
Author:
Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States Military Academy
Subject:
United States Military Academy - History
Subject:
Military-US Military General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
John Hopkins Pb
Series Volume:
105-309
Publication Date:
19991231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.12x6.06x.95 in. 1.26 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This new paperback edition of Stephen E. Ambrose's highly regarded history of the United States Military Academy features the original foreword by Dwight D. Eisenhower and a new afterword by former West Point superintendent Andrew J. Goodpaster.
"Synopsis" by , This new paperback edition of Stephen E. Ambrose's highly regarded history of the United States Military Academy features the original foreword by Dwight D. Eisenhower and a new afterword by former West Point superintendent Andrew J. Goodpaster.

There have been many other histories of West Point, but this is the best... From this excellent book every American will find interest and take pride in this truly national institution that has played so great a part in the building of the country. — Historical Times

The title of this first-rate account of the United States Military Academy is drawn from the Academy's motto... Ambrose] follows the long gray line through history, skillfully re-creating the administrations of West Point's outstanding superintendents (Sylvanus Thayer and Douglas MacArthur), telling some amusing anecdotes about cadets 'who simply refused to conform to the West Point mold' (James McNeill Whistler and Edgar Allan Poe). — New York Times Book Review

The conception of West Point, as Ambrose makes clear in his short history of the Military Academy, was immaculately Jeffersonian. It was a school to train engineers — that most liberal, nonaristocratic, and socially useful branch of the military service — not in order to create a corps d'?lite but to provide the reservoir of military expertise which was needed if the militia ideal were to become a practical reality... Ambrose has told this story clearly and well; he is at his best in tying it to the larger context of American politics, social attitudes, and higher education. — Journal of American History

A welcome addition to the growing literature on military education. Ambrose covers the whole history of West Point, from the first feeble beginnings under President Jefferson down to the present. He has carefully examined both the published and unpublished sources and has rounded out the basic data with numerous interviews. — Journal of Higher Education

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