No matter the war, no matter the army, no matter the nationality, common threads run through the experiences of men at war. Soldiers highlights these shared experiences across 150 years of warfare, from the Napoleonic Wars through World War II and everything in between, such as the Mexican and Crimean Wars, the American Civil War, the U.S. Indian Wars and Britain’s imperial bush wars, the Boxer Rebellion, the Boer War, the First World War, and more. Haymond explores the experiences that connect soldiers across time and space and draws heavily from firsthand accounts to craft a narrative with flesh-and-blood immediacy. Soldiers is entertaining and informative: history at its best.
John A. Haymond holds a BA in history and English from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in history from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He served twenty-one years in the U.S. Army and now teaches history at Riverland Community College. He has published articles in the Journal of Military History and Military History Quarterly. He lives in southern Minnesota.