World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been

ISBN-10: 0425176428

ISBN-13: 9780425176429

Edition: 1999

Authors: Robert Cowley, Stephen E. Ambrose, John Keegan, David McCullough, James M. McPherson

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Robert Cowley is the cofounder & editor of "MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History" & the editor of the anthology "Experience of War".

Historian Stephen E. Ambrose grew up in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Louisiana. Ambrose is considered to be one of the foremost historical scholars of recent times and has been a professor for over three decades. He is also the founder and president of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. His works include D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II, Citizen Soldiers: The U. S. Army from Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945, Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest and Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West. Abrose served historical consultant on the motion picture Saving Private Ryan.

Recently knighted, John Keegan is the author of fourteen previous books. He lives in Wiltshire, England.

David McCullough is a writer, historian, lecturer, & teacher. He has received the Pulitzer Prize for "Truman", as well as the Francis Parkman Prize, & the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award. He is also a two-time winner of the National Book Award, for history & for biography. He lives in Massachusetts.

James M. McPherson, McPherson was born in 1936 and received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1963. He began teaching at Princeton University in the mid 1960's and is the author of several articles, reviews and essays on the Civil War, specifically focusing on the role of slaves in their own liberation and the activities of the abolitionists. His earliest work, "The Struggle for Equality," studied the activities of the Abolitionist movement following the Emancipation Proclamation. "Battle Cry of Freedom" won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1989. "Drawn With the Sword" (1996) is a collection of essays, with one entitled "The War that Never Goes Away," that is introduced by a passage from Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address on March 4, 1865 from which its title came: "Fondly do we hope - and fervently do we pray - that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, 'the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.'" "From Limited to Total War: 1861-1865" shows the depth of the political and social transformation brought about during the Civil War. It told how the human cost of the Civil War exceeded that of any country during World War I and explains the background to Lincoln's announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1862. The book also recounts the exploits of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first black regiments organized in the Civil War, and their attack on Fort Wagner in July 1863. It pays tribute to Robert Gould Shaw, the white commanding officer of the regiment, who died in the attack and was buried in a mass grave with many of his men. Professor McPherson's writings are not just about the middle decades of the nineteenth century but are also about the last decades of the twentieth century. The political turmoil prior to the Civil War, the violence of the war, Lincoln's legacy and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson shed some light on contemporary events.

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Conquest Denied: The Premature Death of Alexander the Great
Furor Teutonicus: The Teutoburg Forest, A.D. 9
The Dark Ages Made Lighter: The Consequences of Two Defeats
The Death That Saved Europe: The Mongols Turn Back, 1242
If Only It Had Not Been Such a Wet Summer: The Critical Decade of the 1520s
If the Holy League Hadn't Dithered
The Immolation of Hernan Cortes: Tenochtitlan, June 30, 1521
The Repulse of the English Fireships: The Spanish Armada Triumphs, August 8, 1588
Unlikely Victory: Thirteen Ways the Americans Could Have Lost the Revolution
George Washington's Gamble
What the Fog Wrought: The Revolution's Dunkirk, August 29, 1776
Ruler of the World: Napoleon's Missed Opportunities
Napoleon Wins at Waterloo
If the Lost Order Hadn't Been Lost: Robert E. Lee Humbles the Union, 1862
A Confederate Cannae and Other Scenarios: How the Civil War Might Have Turned Out Differently
Vietnam in America, 1865
The What Ifs of 1914: The World War That Should Never Have Been
Bismarck's Empire: Stillborn
Thanks, But No Cigar
The Armistice of Desperation
How Hitler Could Have Won the War: The Drive for the Middle East, 1941
What a Taxi Driver Wrought
Triumph of the Dictators
Our Midway Disaster: Japan Springs a Trap, June 4, 1942
The Case of the Missing Carriers
D Day Fails: Atomic Alternatives in Europe
The Soviet Invasion of Japan
Funeral in Berlin: The Cold War Turns Hot
China Without Tears: If Chiang Kai-shek Hadn't Gambled in 1946
A Quagmire Avoided?
The End
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