And so the reading begins… in earnest

Historiography is a wrap. The new class, Studies in U.S. Military History, started yesterday. There was a slight change in texts. For the Korean War, Roy E. Appleman’s East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950  will be used rather than the one I mentioned earlier.

East of Chosin

I also picked up a book on the recommended reading list, One Hundred Years of Sea Power: The U.S. Navy, 1890 – 1990  by George W. Baer. I’ve added both to my virtual bookshelves here.

The U. S. Navy, 1890-1990

The class will be a challenging one. Thirteen books will be required reading as noted in my last post here. The pace will be more than one book per week in addition to writing assignments. Best get to it!

First up – jumping into Millett and Maslowski’s For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America – which will be the primary text for the course. Just a chapter this week dealing with the period between 1607 and 1689.

For the Common Defense

Second – reading in its entirety Jill Lepore’s The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity which was winner of the Bancroft Prize in 1999.

King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity

4 Replies to “And so the reading begins… in earnest”

  1. Thanks Don. I’m looking forward ot East of Chosin as well. The reviews I’ve read have been quite good. I’ll definitely give you my thoughts on Millett and Maslowski as I read through it.

    Appreciate your stopping by.


  2. Rene,

    Millett and Maslowski’s work has been the standard for quite a while now, I’ll be interested to see if you think that it has become dated. I think you’ll enjoy East Of Chosin.

  3. Rene,

    I just happen to have Baer’s book on the U.S. Navy, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’d be interested in anything you might have to say about it once you’ve read it.


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