Synopses & Reviews
Based on a wide range of sources, including materials only recently made available to researchers, this first complete, carefully documented biography of Miles skillfully delineates the brilliant, abrasive, and controversial tactician whose career in many respects epitomized the story of the Old Army.
"Wooster's readable book gives us a full portrait of Miles, analyzing his defects as well as his virtues. . . . The definitive biography."-Journal of American History. (Journal of American History)
"A stimulating narrative of Miles's life, cast against the backdrop of U.S. military history from the Civil War through the Spanish-American War. . . . The author's enlightened views stem from the U.S. Military History Institute's recently acquired collection of Miles's papers, augmented by an impressive array of other source materials. With Wooster's entertaining style, the reader experiences a rollercoaster-like effect of alternately cheering and booing Miles, not unlike his contemporaries."-Journal of Arizona History. (Journal of Arizona History)
"Nelson A. Miles was probably the best Indian fighter produced by the U. S. Army between 1865 and 1890, figuring prominently in some of the most famous and significant conflicts between whites and Native Americans: the Red River War, the Sioux campaign of 1876-77, the Nez Perce War, the Geronimo campaign, and the Ghost Dance uprising. As commanding general of the U. S. Army, he played an important role in the Spanish-American War. [Wooster's biography of Miles is] well researched, comprehensive, balanced, objective, analytical, and still entertaining. . . .an enlightened and enlightening book."-Gregory J. W. Urwin, author of Custer Victorious. (Gregory J. W. Urwin)
"An exceptionally well-written, brilliantly paced biography that illustrates fifty years of American military history through the story of the Army's last commanding general."-Washington Times. (Washington Times)
About the Author
Robert Wooster is a professor of history at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. His other books include The Military and United States Indian Policy (Nebraska 1995).