“After spending the first third of the book on the Civil War, Robert Poole takes later wars–the Spanish-American, the first and second world wars, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq–at a running clip. An editor and journalist, he is an adroit sketcher of historical events, but even more of character.”
From the Book
It was a beautiful day for a funeral. The last of the cherry blossoms drifted on a cool breeze, which carried the scent of cut grass and wet stone over Arlington National Cemetery. Somewhere in the distance, the early morning mowing subsided, soon to be overtaken by the all- day crack of rifles, the rattle of horse-drawn caissons, and the mournful sound of Taps floating among the tombstones . . .