Item description for WARRIORS SEVEN: Seven American Commanders, Seven Wars, and the Irony of Battle by Barney Sneiderman...
Warriors Seven offers a fascinating collection of American commander "profiles" written in a lively and graphic style. The unique aspect of Dr. Sneiderman's approach is that each essay sketches the ironic twists of fate that befell these men at or near the peak of their careers.
The subjects of this study include: Benedict Arnold, Andrew Jackson, Winfield Scott, Robert E. Lee, George Dewey, Billy Mitchell, and George Patton. These courageous leaders are successively featured in each of America's seven wars from 1775 to 1945: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. Each entry highlights or focuses upon a single battle: Saratoga (1777), New Orleans (1815), Mexico City (1847), Malvern Hill (1862), Manila Bay (1898), St. Mihiel (1918), and Messina (1943).
Each entry highlights the life and military career of each commander up to the moment of the featured battle, with a thread of continuity coursing through each chapter. For example, the essay on Andrew Jackson opens with a battle fought during the Revolutionary War that Jackson witnessed as a 13-year-old courier for the Continental Army.
Twenty-seven original battlefield maps facilitate the reader's understanding of the momentous events described in these pages. Warriors Seven will be welcomed by anyone who appreciates gripping narrative military history leavened with a slice of historical irony.
Barney Sneiderman served as a professor in the Faculty Law, University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada, from 1969 until illness prompted his retirement in 2006. He is the principal author of the acclaimed Canadian Medical Law: An Introduction for Physicians, Nurses, and other Health Care Professionals (3rd Edition, 2003, Carswell). The Connecticut native and former journalist is known for his lively and user-friendly writing style. Warriors Seven is a reflection of his long-time interest in American and European political and military history. He lives in Manitoba with his wife and children.
PRAISE "Dr. Sneiderman has written a brilliant and fascinating book. . . . that shows how genius, resolve, dedication, opportunity, and hard work create great military leaders, but also how demons sometimes lurk in the hearts of famous men and dull their glory." - Noted historian Bevin Alexander
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Publisher Savas Beatie
ISBN 1932714286 ISBN13 9781932714289
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A Novel Way to Introduce the Reader to Military History May 25, 2007
Dr, Sneiderman has chosen a unique way to present a military history of the United States. He focuses on seven generals in seven battles in seven wars, from the Revolution through World War II. Rather than plodding through the entire history of the US at arms, he has chosen representative battles and soldiers. By choosing soldiers who had each fought in the war highlighted in the previous chapter, he provides continuity to his project. Dr. Sneiderman writes well and there are good maps included. He is particularly good at describing the operational details of the battles he covers. He is also scrupulously fair with his subjects and provides an excellent reading list for those who want to learn more.
Although this is primarily a book for newcomers to the field, there is plenty here for those who have read a fair amount of military history. For instance, I may not be an expert, but I have read widely on the subject and I learned a lot about Andrew Jackson's battles with American Indians, Winfield Scott's War of 1812 battles, the World War I air campaign at St. Mihiel, among other things. As a law school professor, Dr. Sneiderman's description of Billy Mitchell's court martial was very enlightening. The entire chapter on Robert E. Lee was an eye opener for me, revealing the flaws in that great general's leadership style. Neither General Lee nor the Army of Northern Virgina won the Seven Days' Battle and the Army of the Potomac didn't lose it. Only General McClellan lost it and he would have lost to anyone. General Lee's (and Stonewall Jackson's) blunders in that battle stole the best chance the South had of defeating the North.
There are some flaws. I would have preferred that the author spend more time with Brian Linn than with Leon Wolff in his discussion of the Phillipine insurrection, since Linn is more accurate, analytical and fair, but Dr. Sneiderman provides the balance that Wolff does not. And the "ironic" portions of the chapter - a reminder that a victory in battle can have all sorts of ramifications not considered at the time - could have been more developed, but that is just my personal preference. The editing also leaves something to be desired. A Hessian general suddenly becomes a colonel two paragraphs later and I lost track of how many times we were told that P.G.T. Beauregard commanded the South's artillery when it bombarded Fort Sumter, but one can blame neither the author nor the publisher. In a moving preface, the publisher describes a race against death rivaling Ulysses Grant's as Dr. Sneiderman, stricken with terminal cancer, rushed to complete the book (and his publisher hurried to get the proof in his hands) before he died.
A fitting tribute to the heroism of an author worthy of his subject.
An insightful perspective of American history Jan 16, 2007
I seldom read history (military or otherwise), but this book caught my attention. By following the lives of seven accomplished, yet sometimes controversial, miliary leaders, the reader can explore whether "history makes the person" or "the person makes history". The book seemed more like a series of interesting short biographies of these commanders, with a focus upon important events in their careers, not necessarily the most significant in their lives. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Benedict Arnold (about whom I knew little but hearsay), Winfield Scott (about whom I knew nothing) and Robert E. Lee (about whom I read much when I was a youth). Those of more contemporary figures (Billy Mitchell and George Patton) had less depth, but served as a good review. The included maps were important in understanding some of the tactical explanations that are provided, and a nice addition. I recommend this book to those interested in military history, American history, and biography. Sneiderman writes with an informed, yet light, style, often with tongue in cheek, which kept my interest throughout. The bibliography reflects the detailed research that was required to develop this book, and the extensive index makes it easy to locate items of particular attention.