Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. National Defense University Press, 1984. Second Printing [stated]. Trade Paperback. xviii, 228,  pages. Cover has some wear and soiling. Includes Foreword, Preface, The Author, and Acknowledgments. Topics covered include War and Society in America: Some Questions; as well as chapters on The American Revolution; The Civil War; World War I; World War II; and War and Society in America: A Few Answers. Also includes Notes, Glossary of Acronyms, and Index. The book also includes figures and tables, as well as a foreword by John S. Pustay, President of the National Defense University. This is a National Defense University Military History. The author researched and wrote this study while a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University. He is currently a professor at the United States Military Academy, where he has taught American history since 1975. His military assignments include duty with the 11th and 15th Armored Cavalry Regiments in Vietnam and Germany, respectively, and the Combat Developments Command. He is also a graduate of the Command and General Staff College. The author graduated from USMA in 1959. He served in the Army for 27+ years to include 12 years on the USMA faculty (Social Science & History) holding the eventual academic rank of Professor of History. He was also a professor at the Army War College, and Campbell University and earned Legion of Merit and Colonel. He was the author of many articles and books all on the impact of war on society, military reform, and the coming of the civil war. This National Defense University military history seeks to broaden the perspective of those who are interested in understanding the effects of the wartime mobilization of American society. Through a comparative analysis of the economic, political, and social results of America's four principal wars, this study reveals the major issues faced by each wartime administration and sketches the consequences of the mobilization policies adopted. As the author, Colonel James L. Abrahamson, U.S. Army, explains, each conflict occurred in unique circumstances, required varied policies, and produced different effects on American institutions. He therefore avoids offering a simplistic list of the expected domestic consequences of any future conflict. Nevertheless, certain common factors, which may inform modern mobilization planners, surface in his analysis of these four wars. The author suggests that if planners are aware of the implications of their mobilization choices, they can better devise effective policies for drawing forth the material and human essentials of victory. Condition: Good.
Keywords: Home Front, War and Society, American Revolution, Mobilization, Civil War, Neutrality, World War I, Public Opinion, Political Upheaval, World War II, Wartime Economy, Total War, Liberal Reform, Civil Liberties