In the School of War by Roger J. SpillerIn the School of War by Roger J. Spiller

In the School of War

byRoger J. SpillerForeword byJohn W. Shy

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Fort Leavenworth, where Roger J. Spiller taught the army’s finest for twenty-five years, is indeed a “school of war.” There, among military professionals who had experienced war firsthand, Spiller honed his remarkable skills as an analyst and historian, scholar and teacher—skills that have made him one of the best-known and respected military historians of our day. This volume brings together Spiller’s original and thought-provoking explorations of wars big and small and armies glorified and ignored. For each of these essays—whether on urban warfare or the Vietnam syndrome, battlefield psychology or the making of military history, and underrated vs. overrated generals—Spiller revisits his topic and his thinking, bringing fresh insight and a new context to an incomparable body of work. In the School of War further reveals the complex relationship between past and present in an understanding of the nature of war.
Roger J. Spiller is the George C. Marshall Distinguished Professor of Military History (retired) at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is the author or editor of numerous publications, including his latest work, An Instinct for War: Scenes from the Battlefields of History. Most recently, he ...
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Title:In the School of WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:428 pages, 8.5 × 5.55 × 0.8 inPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:UNP - Bison OriginalLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Part 1. On Combat
Introduction
1. Isen's Run: Human Dimensions of Warfare in the Twentieth Century (1988)
2. My Guns (1991)
3. S. L. A. Marshall and the Ratio of Fire (1991)
4. The Price of Valor (1993)
5. Cherry Blossoms Falling: Japanese Combat Behavior at War's End (1999)
6. The Psychological Battlefield (2005)
Part 2. In the School of War
Introduction
7. War History and the History Wars: Establishing the Combat Studies Institute (1988)
8. Armies in History, History in Armies (2001)
9. The Vietnam Syndrome: A Brief History (2002)
10. In the Shadow of the Dragon: Doctrine and the U.S. Army after Vietnam (1997)
11. Urban Warfare: Its History and Its Future (2003)
Part 3. Going Public
Introduction
12. Overrated and Underrated: General (1998)
13. Overrated and Underrated: World War II General (2002)
14. War in the Dark (1999)
15. A War against History (2001)
Part 4. Experimental History
Introduction
16. Military History and Its Fictions (2006)
17. The Führer in the Dock: A Speculation on the Banality of Evil (2001)
18. The Real War: An Interview with Paul Fussell (1989)
19. Rain Stops Play (2005)
Acknowledgments
Source Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

"In the School of War offers a fine selection of Roger Spiller's insightful essays."—Roger D. Cunningham, Journal of America’s Military Past
- Roger D. Cunningham - Journal of America's Military Past