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American military leaders : from colonial times to the present
Fredriksen, John C.
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Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [1999]

Physical Description:
2 volumes (xv, 926 pages) illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. A-L -- v. 2. M-Z.
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E181 .F84 1999 V. 1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
E181 .F84 1999 V. 2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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A comprehensive collection of biographies of the most prominent military leaders in American history.

* 422 A-Z biographies highlight each individual's background, contributions, and significance to America's fortunes in war

* Illustrated

* Cites works for further research and includes a list of leaders organized by their military titles

Author Notes

John C. Fredriksen , PhD, is an independent historian.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Fredriksen has written numerous books on nineteenth-century American military history. His latest effort is a biographical reference on American military leaders. Persons from all of the military services, ranks, and fields are covered--officers, soldiers, sailors, aviators, heroes, and scoundrels. Several women (e.g., Clara Barton, Jackie Cochran, Deborah Sampson) are included, as are approximately 20 Native Americans. Important doctors, scientists, and explorers are also included. Chronological coverage ranges from Pamunkey war chief Opechancanough (ca. 1545^-1646) to leaders who rose to prominence during Operation Desert Storm. The intended audience is high-school and undergraduate students. The work is arranged alphabetically and has approximately 422 entries. Most entries are between one and two pages in length and provide birth and death dates as well as places. At the end of each entry there is a bibliography of books, articles, and theses. Whenever possible, autobiographical materials are included. A random survey of the bibliographies found them to be very current, with frequent references to materials from the late 1990s. Throughout the text, capitalized names act as cross-references to other entries. Appropriately placed are approximately 159 portraits and photographs of individuals. Most are small but a few are full-page illustrations. Rounding out the set are a list of leaders by title (adventurer, army general, fighter pilot, etc.) and a general index. There are a vast number of military biographical references. Most cover a particular service or war and thus are not comparable in coverage. Three comparable works are the scholarly three-volume Dictionary of American Military Biography, by Roger Spiller (Greenwood, 1984); Webster's American Military Biographies, by Robert McHenry (Dover, 1984); and the older Who Was Who in American History, the Military (Marquis, 1975). Entries in Webster's and Who Was Who are quite brief. Spiller has approximately 375 entries that are three to five pages in length, but coverage ends with the Vietnam War. None of the three have illustrations. Because it is more current and is illustrated, American Military Leaders should be considered by high-school, public, and academic libraries.

Library Journal Review

Who remembers Thomas Aspinwall, a colonel in the War of 1812? Or Sam Baley, an Indian fighter, or Duncan Ingraham, a Confederate naval officer? Fredriksen's dictionary contains the biographies of these three Americans plus some 499 others. Some of the subjects are well known (e.g., Patton, Eisenhower, and Farragut), but there are many less-celebrated individuals, and some biographies have only tenuous claims to the military. Fredriksen, an authority on the War of 1812, has included many participants in that war and the American RevolutionÄwhich is especially useful since there are few biographical sources for many of the early American military leaders. Each entry is well written and authoritative. Essential for all large American history collections.ÄStanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.