HarperCollins Publishers (http:// www.harpercollins.com), 10 East 53d Street, New York, New York 10022, 1999, 1,104 pages, $20.00 (trade paperback). Since the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville first cast a curious eye on the American continent in 1831, the United States has been an open book to the world, its successes and failures made known to all.
Book Reviews of transformation and the Army’s structural pression Was So Deep and Long-Lasting.” One metamorphoses. Transformation is exceedingly enjoyable feature of the book is the author’s inter- complicated in concept and exponentially more spersed biographical sketches of notable Ameri- complex in execution, a fact ultimately proven cans such as Benjamin Franklin, Henry Clay, on the battlefield. This book’s greatest advantage Jefferson Davis, and Andrew Carnegie. for American Airmen is its ability to reflect In addition to explaining significant historical evenhanded analysis of the evolution of Air events such as the Louisiana Purchase and the Force and Army transformation—ultimately Battle of Gettysburg, Johnson discusses trends pointing to the future. Although the benefits of that shaped the development of the country. technology are used every day in American American immigration and birth rates in the combat operations, Adams concludes that the early nineteenth century surpassed all historical unrealized vision of Army leaders was too far precedent. The population and economy were reaching and costly to implement. able to grow since land was easily available to anyone who would farm it. Johnson asserts that Capt Daniel Magruder, USAF “in the entire history of the United States, the Hurlburt Field, Florida land-purchase system was the single most be- nevolent act of government” (p. 290). Aviation makes several appearances in the book: the Wright brothers setting up the coun- A History of the American People by Paul M. try’s first public company (p. 623); Gen Jimmy Johnson. HarperCollins Publishers (http:// Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo (p. 799); the dropping www.harpercollins.com), 10 East 53d Street, of the atomic bomb from Col Paul Tibbets’s B-29 New York, New York 10022, 1999, 1,104 pages, Enola Gay (p. 803); the Berlin airlift, which pro- $20.00 (trade paperback). vided “Stalin, and the whole world, with an awe- some demonstration of American airpower” (p. Since the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville 814); and two quotations from Gen Curtis LeMay, first cast a curious eye on the American conti- who asserted that Vietnam could be “bombed nent in 1831, the United States has been an open back into the Stone Age” (p. 881). book to the world, its successes and failures Beginning with the New Deal era (circa 1933), made known to all. Once again, a European has the book takes a decidedly partisan tone as John- reached across the Atlantic to examine the son makes no attempt to disguise his own con- American people. The renowned British histo- servative political perspective. Considering the rian Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times: The limited number of pages allotted to the civil World from the Twenties to the Eighties (1983) and rights movement, the author spends dispropor- A History of the Jews (1987), has compiled A His- tionate effort in criticizing affirmative action and tory of the American People, an ambitious one- sympathetically explaining President Nixon’s volume text of American history.
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