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Hardcover Winfield Scott and the Profession of Arms Book

ISBN: 0873387740

ISBN13: 9780873387743

Winfield Scott and the Profession of Arms

Winfield Scott (1786-1866) was arguably the premier soldier of his era, responsible for the professionalization of the US Army during his long career. Allan Peskin's biography presents research which... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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The full story of our longest serving General

Winfield Scott served for so long that one book cannot do justice to him however this is a very good and detailed look at our longest serving General.

Who cares about Winfield Scott?

Who cares about Winfield Scott? After reading this excellent biography, you will. If you have read anything about American history from the War of 1812 to the Civil War, you have undoubtedly read of Winfield Scott. He was a major supporting character in the Indian Wars, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Trail of Tears, and in the early days of the Civil War. Additionally, he was a presidential candidate plus a friend or foe to every president from Madison to Lincoln. While his most important contribution to the United States was creating the Professional Military, his influence goes much deeper. I began reading this book not really caring about Winfield Scott. I added it to my reading list because I unexpectedly enjoyed Peskin's book on Garfield so much. In telling the story of Winfield Scott, he not only tells what Scott did and why they were important, he also tells the story of the "average Joe" and what he thought of what Scott was doing. The life of Scott is an up and down journey that in itself is interesting. The story is all the more enjoyable because Peskin's writing style is so enjoyable to read and he seems to have an uncanny ability to hit just the right level of details - I did not feel that important information was being left out nor was I bored by details. This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend to anyone interested in American History. It is a captivating story and a quick read. Regardless of your interest in Winfield Scott, I am certain you will enjoy this book - I certainly did.

An in-depth, balanced biography

Winfield Scott And The Profession Of Arms is the true story of Winfield Scott (1786-1866), who is perhaps best known for his role in bringing professionalism to the U.S. Army during his long military career (1807-61). He served his duty as general in the War of 1812, commanded U.S. forces in the final campaign of their war with Mexico, and was the general in chief at the beginning of the Civil War. History professor emeritus Allan Peskin draws upon research in the National Archives to unearth a comprehensive portrait of General Scott as a visionary managerial officer, who anticipated drastic changes in technology and business principles for the military and adapted in response. An in-depth, balanced biography of a remarkable figure and his lasting legacy.
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