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The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die in Battle

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780307395856
Author(s): Michael Stephenson
Format: Paperback
Year: 2015
Publisher: Broadway Books
Dimensions: 139 x 197 x 26 (w x l x h)
Pages: 464

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In this brilliantly researched, deeply humane work of history, Michael Stephenson traces the paths that have led soldiers to their graves over the centuries, revealing a wealth of insight about the nature of combat, the differences among cultures, and the unchanging qualities of humanity itself.
Behind every soldier's death lies a story, a tale not just of the cold mathematics of the battlefield but of an individual human being who gave his life. What psychological and cultural pressures brought him to his fate? What lies—and truths—convinced him to march toward his death? Covering warfare from prehistory through the present day, "The Last Full Measure" tells these soldiers' stories, ultimately capturing the experience of war as few books ever have.
In these pages, we march into battle alongside the Greek phalanx and the medieval foot soldier. We hear gunpowder's thunder in the slaughters of the Napoleonic era and the industrialized killing of the Civil War, and recoil at the modern, automated horrors of both World Wars. Finally, we witness the death of one tradition of "heroic" combat and the construction of another in the wars of the modern era, ranging from Vietnam to America's latest involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In exploring these conflicts and others, Stephenson draws on numerous sources to delve deep into fascinating, period-specific detail—tr
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