Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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The hero of the War of 1812, the conqueror of Mexico City in the Mexican-American War, and Abraham Lincoln’s top soldier during the first six months of the Civil War, General Winfield Scott was a seminal force in the early expansion and consolidation of the American republic. John S. D. Eisenhower explores how Scott, who served under fourteen presidents, played a leading role in the development of the United States Army from a tiny, loosely organized, politics-dominated establishment to a disciplined professional force capable of effective and sustained campaigning.

 

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User Review  - Howard Anders - Goodreads

Winfield Scott served in the US Army for over 50 years, beginning with the opening of the frontier in the early 1800s to the beginning of the Civil War. For many of those years, he was America's ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Lathrop - Goodreads

This book is actually very impressive. As with many biographies today, it is somewhat biased towards its subject, but the treatment is thorough. It is well-noted, and the detail is surprising. For early American military buffs, this book is a useful addition. Read full review

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On to Canada
20
Captive
42
Muddle at Montreal
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About the author (1999)

John S. D. Eisenhower is a retired brigadier general, a former U.S. ambassador to Belgium, and the author of numerous works of military history and biography, including "General Ike: A Personal Reminiscence"; "They Fought at Anzio"; "Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I"; and "So Far from God: The U.S. War with Mexico, 1846-1848". He lives in Maryland.

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