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Eisenhower John S D So Far From God The U S War with Mexico 1846 1848 New York Random House 1989 xxvi 436 Mr John Eisenhower is a retired Army General from Westchester Pennsylvania He is also the son of retired General and later President Dwight D Eisehower He is an author as well as a military historian Mr Eisenhowers other works include The Bitter Woods published in 1987 and critically acclaimed by Life magazine author S L A Marshall as being written with power by a true military historian Reviews of his work from The New Yorker and New York Times Book Review describe his accounts as Exceptionally interesting and Written with enthusiasm that is hard to resist Using his military background Mr Eisenhower was able to bring an unbiased opinion to the U S war with Mexico by pointing out strengths and weaknesses on both sides of the conflict The authors purpose is to provide a more accurate account of the war with Mexico from 1846 1848 Mr Eisenhower also attempts to give the reader a better understanding of the conflict between these two countries which has been overshadowed by the Civil War thirteen years later John Eisenhowers portrayal of the officers and politicians in this conflict is detailed and it highlights the early careers of many of our Civil War legends The technology of warfare at this time is well depicted The advances in American artillery such as the use of the grape shot over canister rounds the superior distance and accuracy and methods of deployment made up for the fact that during every inland battle the U S was outnumbered The level of discipline that Taylor and Scotts men possessed stands as a testament to these two leaders resourcefulness By including something as simple as sanitation in their training they were able to conserve the additional strength for battle which would have normally been lost through disease This concept was
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