Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains
Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains is an essential guide to one of America’s most breathtaking and rugged national parks. The second edition of this compellingly readable and useful book is completely updated, giving outdoor enthusiasts the most current information they need to explore this world-renowned wilderness.
Included here are facts on more than 125 official trails recognized by the Park Service. Each one has its own setting, purpose, style, and theme, and author Kenneth Wise describes them in rich and vivid detail. For every route, he includes a set of driving directions to the trailhead, major points of interest, a schedule of distances to each one, a comprehensive outline of the trail’s course, specifics about where it begins and ends, references to the U.S. Geological Survey’s quadrangle maps, and, when available, historical anecdotes relating to the trail. His colorful descriptions of the area’s awe-inspiring beauty are sure to captivate even armchair travelers.
Three outstanding titles in the Legacies of War series have recently appeared:
Arming the Nation for War
Mobilization, Supply and the American War Effort
in World War II
Robert P. Patterson
Edited by Brian Waddell
With a Foreword by Robert M. Morgenthau
In Arming the Nation for War, a previously unpublished account long buried among the late author’s papers and originally marked confidential, Undersecretary of War Patterson describes the vast challenges the United States faced as it had to equip, in a desperately short time, a fighting force capable of confronting a formidable enemy. Brimming with detail, the book also provides deep insights into the difficulties of convincing a public of the need for collective action in a democratic society.
Eyewitness to Genocide
The Operation Reinhard Death Camp Trials, 1955–1966
Michael S. Bryant
In this meticulous history of the Operation Reinhard trials, Eyewitness to Genocide examines a disturbing question: Did compromised jurist, often associated with the former Nazi regime, engineer acquittals or lenient punishments for proven killers? The answer is mixed. Bryant discovers that, within the constraints of German law, trial judges acted in good faith. However, his gripping analysis of trial records shows that the bias of West German jurists was neither direct nor personal but the structure of the system ensured that lawyers and judges themselves avoided judgment.
Change and Conflict in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps since 1945
Anne C. Loveland
In this thoughtful study, Change and Conflict in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps since 1945 examines the role of the army chaplain since World War II, revealing how the corps has evolved in the wake of cultural and religious upheaval in American society and momentous changes in U.S. strategic relations, warfare, and weaponry. By focusing on army chaplains’ sometimes conflict-ridden relations with military leaders and soldiers on the one hand and the civilian religious community on the other, Loveland reveals in striking detail how religious trends over the past six decades have impacted the corps and, in turn, helped shape American military culture.