Boots & Saddles: A Call to Glory

Boots & Saddles: A Call to Glory

Author: Paul Colt

Publisher: Oghma Creative Media

ISBN: 9781633737624

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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Can War Create a Man? Myths. Men. Legends. George S. Patton. John J. Pershing. Pancho Villa. Three larger-than-life figures thrown together in a dusty corner of overlooked history known as the Mexican Punitive Expedition. It is nothing less than the end of an era. Patton—a junior cavalry officer years before he becomes the war hero tank commander so famously portrayed by George C. Scott—confronts the new realities of twentieth-century warfare. The traditional cavalry missions of reconnaissance and communications are being taken over by the Army’s fledgling air service and the promise of wireless communications. Modern ballistics render the saber—and the horse cavalry itself—obsolete as a fighting force. The prospects for the glorious martial career Patton has been bred for seem all but lost... until the venerable horse soldiers are called out for one last fight. General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing recognizes young Patton’s frustration and knows the army is ill-prepared for the conflict brewing in Europe. It will need officers of Patton’s stripe. He takes the lieutenant under his wing and mentors him with the assurance “time and invention” will lead him to new purpose. It is the turning point that saves Patton’s military career and a bond that will leave a lasting imprint on American military history. Exhaustively-researched and packed with action, Will Rogers Medallion-winning author Paul Colt brings his story to life with the gritty authenticity of a master storyteller. Boots and Saddles: A Call to Glory is a triumph that will stay with you long after the bugler calls retreat.

Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past

Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past

Author: Peter Boag

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520274426

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 877

“An important, persuasive, and fascinating intervention in the literature on the American frontier." —Lisa Duggan, author of The Twilight of Equality? Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack on Democracy “Peter Boag's Re-dressing America's Frontier Past does just that: it re-imagines the American West as a place where cross-dressing is abundant and its meanings are as varied as the individuals themselves. Vividly written and broad in scope, Boag's compelling narrative debunks the gendered myths of the west and writes hundreds of stories back into history.” —Nan Alamilla Boyd, author of Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965 “Peter Boag’s Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past invites readers to reimagine fundamental ideas about sex, gender, and the history of the American West. Brilliant and perceptive, Boag rediscovers a past that once existed but that was forgotten as new ideas about sexuality emerged in the early twentieth century. Boag makes the lives of the West’s many cross-dressers central to his narrative, and the world they reveal gives us an opportunity to understand history in ways that are more comprehensive and humane. Boag's book sheds new light on the American frontier as well as the history of sex and gender.” —Albert Hurtado, author of Intimate Frontiers: Sex, Gender, and Culture in Old California “Peter Boag uncovers the rich and heretofore hidden history of cross dressers with wit and wisdom, humor and humanity. He adds another crucial layer to our understanding of the West's complicated gendered past and in the process demolishes the region's mythical identity as a virile, white, masculine, heterosexual frontier. The book illuminates the sources of that limited view and liberates us from it.” —Sherry L. Smith, author of Reimaging Indians: Native Americans Through Anglo Eyes, 1880-1940 “A fascinating excursion into a side of western life rarely acknowledged today but surprisingly open and remarked upon at the time. Boag's thoughts on the reasons for the historical blurring are as provocative as his stories are intriguing and often poignant.” —Elliott West, author of The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story “This book by the foremost historian of sexuality in the American West is a classic before its time. The history of Westerns cross-dressing is placed within numerous historical contexts, deeply researched, and presented with multiple nuances and thorough analysis. At the same time, we learn of the personal, of the many people who might never have had their significant stories. A stellar and stunning work!” —John R. Wunder, author of “Writing of Race, Class, Gender, and Power in the American West” in North America: Tensions and (Re)Solutions “Original and provocative—Boag finds ample evidence of women and men in western towns and cities who challenged familiar binaries of heteronormative manhood and womanhood through cross-dressing, same-sex intimacy, and trans-gendered identities. But the real story is how communities made meaning of these identities. Boag links sexologists’ promotion of heteronormativity with notions of a redemptive frontier, anti-modernism, and national identity. The results are entirely new perspectives on the imagined West and its place in American history.” —Dee Garceau-Hagen, editor of Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West

Southern Strategies

Southern Strategies

Author: Christian B. Keller

Publisher: University Press of Kansas

ISBN: 9780700632183

Category: History

Page: 278

View: 693

Southern Strategies is the first-ever analysis of Confederate defeat using the lenses of classical strategic and leadership theory. The contributors bring over one hundred years of experience in the field at the junior and senior levels of military leadership and over forty years of teaching in professional military education. Well-aware that the nature of war is immutable and unchanging, they combine their firsthand experience of this truth with solid scholarship to offer new theoretical and historical perspectives about why the South failed in its bid for independence. The contributors identify and analyze the mistakes made by the Confederate political and strategic leadership that handicapped the prospects for independence and placed immense pressure on Confederate military commanders to compensate on the battlefield for what should have been achieved by other instruments of national power. These instruments are the diplomatic, informational (including intelligence and public morale), and economic aspects of a nation’s capability to exert its will internationally. When combined with military power, the acronym DIME emerges, a theoretical tool that offers historians and national security professionals alike a useful method to analyze how a state, such as the Union, the Confederacy, or the modern United States, wielded or currently wields its power at the strategic level. Each essay examines how well rebel strategic leaders employed and integrated these instruments, given that the seceded South possessed enough diplomatic, informational, military, and economic power to theoretically win its independence. The essayists also apply the ends-ways-means model of analysis to each topic to offer readers greater insight into the Confederate leadership’s challenges. Southern Strategies confirms the reality that the outcome of the American Civil War cannot be boiled down to one or two simple reasons. It offers fresh and theoretically novel interpretations at the strategic level that open new doors for future research and will increase public interest in the big questions surrounding Confederate defeat.

Boots and Saddles

Boots and Saddles

Author: Elizabeth Bacon Custer

Publisher: DigiCat

ISBN: EAN:8596547388678

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 213

View: 966

Elizabeth "Libbie" Bacon and General Custer's honeymoon was interrupted in 1864 when he was called to duty with the Army of the Potomac. From that point on, Elizabeth followed her husband on all major assignments. Her story is the firsthand account of the Civil War and the military operations afterwards with the special aim to glorify General Custer's memory.