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Duty, Honor, Country : A History of West Point - Stephen E. Ambrose

Duty, Honor, Country

A History of West Point

Paperback Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780801862939
Number Of Pages: 400
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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'A(c)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 He has carefully examined both the published and unpublished sources and has rounded out the basic data with numerous interviews."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

Throughout history every great nation has kept in its treasure-chest an academy for advanced learning and military training. Steven Ambrose's history leaves the reader with a greater understanding of the relationship between our treasure, West Point, and the society it supports. * Parameters * 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 Time * 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'elite 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 *

Foreword
Introduction
The Beginningp. 1
The Foundlingp. 24
Alden Partridgep. 38
Sylvanus Thayerp. 62
Thayer's Curriculum and Facultyp. 87
The Jacksonians and the Academyp. 106
The Golden Age, 1840-1860p. 125
Cadet Lifep. 147
Civil Warp. 167
Stagnationp. 191
Hazing and the Negro Cadetsp. 219
From Cuba to Francep. 238
Douglas Macarthurp. 261
Implementing the Macarthur Reformsp. 284
Footballp. 303
The Modern Academyp. 322
Afterwordp. 335
Bibliographyp. 355
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780801862939
ISBN-10: 0801862930
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.17 x 15.39  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.57