|Publisher:||Little Brown & Co|
|Publish Date:||May 2008|
|Number of Pages:||446|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.55|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25|
Martin Dugard is one of today's foremost adventure writers. His work appears regularly in "GQ", "Sports Illustrated" & "Esquire". He won the 1997 Dallas Press Club "Katie" award for Best Magazine Sports Story. An avid adventurer himself, Dugard has completed the Raid Gauloises adventure race three times. He is co-holder of the Around the World Speed Record (New York New York in 31 hours, 28 minutes) & he makes his home with his wife & three boys in Orange County, California.
|Line in the Sand|
|Rough and Ready|
|Fields of Fire|
|Call to Battle|
|Resaca de la Palma|
|Eager for Action|
|Monterrey, Day One|
|Monterrey, Day Two|
|Politics and War|
|Change of Command|
|The Perils of Occupation|
|Policy and Power|
|The Artillery Officer|
|One Step Closer|
|Taylor Stands Alone|
|Pressing the Advantage|
|The Aztec Club|
|Nothing Can Stop This Army|
|Fourth of July|
|Selected Notes and Biographies|
In his newest work, New York Times best-selling author Dugard (The Last Voyage of Columbus: America's Continental Dream and the Mexican War, 1846-1848) gives a straightforward account of the Mexican War, but with a twist. He let's us see the war through the eyes of several young officers--primarily Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee but also George G. Meade, William T. Sherman, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, and others--who would rise to prominence during the Civil War.
While Dugard does sketch in the big picture so that the reader is able to understand the course of the Mexican War, his purpose is to provide a richly detailed account of the battles, secret missions, and daring rescues and thus to show how participation in the Mexican War prepared these junior officers for the roles they would later play in the Civil War. Academic libraries will prefer Joseph Wheelan's Invading Mexico, Timothy J. Henderson's A Glorious Defeat, and John C. Pinheiro's Manifest Ambition. This less scholarly book will appeal to lay readers and Civil War buffs and is recommended for all public libraries.
-Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette
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Few historical figures are as inextricably linked as Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. But less than two decades before they faced each other as enemies at Appomattox, they had been brothers--bothWest Pointgraduates, both wearing blue, and both fighting in the same cadre in the Mexican War. They were not alone: Sherman, Davis,Jackson-nearly all of the Civil War's greatest soldiers had been forged in the heat of Vera Cruz and Monterrey.
The Mexican War has faded from our national memory, but it was a struggle of enormous significance: the first U.S. war waged on foreign soil; and it nearly doubled our nation. At this fascinating juncture of American history, a group of young men came together to fight as friends, only years later to fight as enemies. This is their story. Full of dramatic battles, daring rescues, secret missions, soaring triumphs and tragic losses, THE TRAINING GROUND is history at its finest.
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