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By James West Davidson

ISBN-10: 030018252X

ISBN-13: 9780300182521

How did a land and other people of such tremendous range come jointly lower than a banner of freedom and equality to shape probably the most striking international locations on the earth? all people from teenagers to grandparents might be interested by the solutions exposed in James West Davidson's vividly instructed a bit historical past of the us. In three hundred fast-moving pages, Davidson courses his readers via 500 years, from the 1st touch among the 2 halves of the area to the increase of the US as a superpower in an period of atomic perils and diminishing resources.

In brief, vibrant chapters the booklet brings to existence hundreds and hundreds of people whose tales are a part of the bigger American tale. Pilgrim William Bradford stumbles into an Indian deer seize on his first day in the USA; Harriet Tubman shall we free a couple of chickens to divert recognition from escaping slaves; the boy or girl Andrew Carnegie, later an bold commercial multi-millionaire, gobbles his oatmeal with a spoon in each one hand. Such tales are riveting in themselves, yet additionally they spark better inquiries to give some thought to approximately freedom, equality, and team spirit within the context of a country that's, and continuously has been, remarkably divided and various.

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No doubt a figure of speech and besides the advantage lay with the Pompeians because their discharge was delivered downhill. As our anonymous soldierhistorian notes, ‘so furious the charging with its attendant volley of missiles, that our men well nigh lost their confidence in victory’ (ibid. 2). When battle was joined, therefore, fear seized the Caesarians, and Caesar rushed forward, removed his helmet and exhorted and shamed his men to face up to the Pompeians. As this did nothing to abate their fear, he snatched a shield from a soldier, ‘said to the officers accompanying him, “This will be the end of my life and of your campaigns”, and ran far out in front of line towards the enemy’.

When this occurs you are left with a commander who can quickly assess the chaotic battlefield, perceive the decisive point in a battle and then lead his men through the trauma of close, violent combat to achieve the objective. Caesar was unusually well endowed with many of these qualities, but he was far from being infallible. Napoleon, the most renowned of Caesar’s self-proclaimed military successors, was said to have the ability to process large amounts of information rapidly, make a decision and then have the moral courage required to act decisively and audaciously.

For not only did Caesar always move his forces with amazing rapidity, but he also acted quickly to gain an advantage of any opportunity that presented itself. His crossing of the Rubicon with just one legion was audacious in the extreme, and Caesar’s general philosophy of war, as it would be for Napoleon, was uniformly simple and to the point. Napoleon, the grandmaster of the sudden dash designed to disconcert the enemy, would later write: ‘The strength of an army, like the power in mechanics, is estimated by multiplying the mass by the rapidity; a rapid march augments the morale of an army, and increases all the chances of victory’ (Maxim IX).

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