Tom reviews Moten’s ‘Presidents and Their Generals’ in new Jrnl of Mil Hist
Tom Ricks reviews Matthew Moten's Presidents and Their Generals.
I liked it. My review begins:
“In Presidents and Their Generals, Matthew Moten sets out to provide an episodic history of what he calls American ‘political-military relations,’ by which he means the relationship between military leaders and their civilian overseers. He succeeds admirably, jumping from the Revolution through the War of 1812 to the Civil War, the two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the 1991 Gulf War, and the Iraq war.
This book is well done: Well considered, well structured, and well written. Moten, a former head of West Point’s history department, is a clear and pleasant writer, with an assured style. He favors making bold statements and then backing them up with persuasive analyses. . . .”
To read the rest, you’ll need to subscribe to the Journal of Military History, or hop on down to a good library, mayhap.
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