Only a few of the many fine works on the U.S. Army’s roles and missions since 1775 can be listed here. Overall, the best history is still Russell F. Weigley’s classic History of the United States Army, enl. ed. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984). For the reserve components, see Michael D. Doubler, Civilian in Peace, Soldier in War: The Army National Guard, 1636–2000 (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2003), and Richard B. Crossland and James T. Currie, Twice the Citizen: A History of the United States Army Reserve, 1903–1983 (Washington, D.C.: Office of the Chief, Army Reserve, 1984). A bit dated but especially good on the Army’s noncombat missions is Robin D. Higham and Carol Brandt, eds., The United States Army in Peacetime: Essays in Honor of the Bicentennial, 1775–1975 (Manhattan, Kans.: Military Affairs, 1975). For the Army in America’s wars, see Don Higginbotham, The War of American Independence: Military Attitudes, Policies, and Practice, 1763–1789 (New York: Macmillan, 1971); Francis Paul Prucha, The Sword of the Republic: The United States Army on the Frontier, 1783–1846 (New York: Macmillan, 1969); John K. Mahon, The War of 1812 (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1972); K. Jack Bauer, The Mexican War, 1846–1848 (New York: Macmillan, 1974); Durwood Ball, Army Regulars on the Western Frontier, 1848–1861 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001); Russell F. Weigley, A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861–1865 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000); Robert M. Utley, Frontier Regulars: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866–1891 (New York: Macmillan, 1973); Graham A. Cosmas, An Army for Empire: The United States Army in the Spanish-American War, 2d ed. (Shippensburg, Pa.: White Mane, 1994); Edward M. Coffman, The War To End All Wars: The American Military Experience in World War I (New York: Oxford University Press, 1968); Geoffrey Perret, There’s a War To Be Won: The United States Army in World War II (New York: Random House, 1991); Clay Blair, The Forgotten War: America in Korea, 1950–1953 (New York: Times Books, 1987); Dave R. Palmer, Summons of the Trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam in Perspective (San Rafael, Calif.: Presidio Press, 1978); and Frank N. Schubert and Theresa L.
Kraus, general eds., The Whirlwind War: The United States Army in Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army Center of Military History, 1995).
Regarding specific topics, see Richard H. Kohn, Eagle and Sword: The Federalists and the Creation of the Military Establishment in America, 1783–1802 (New York: Free Press, 1975); Robert W. Coakley, The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1789–1878, Army Historical Series (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army Center of Military History, 1988); Michael L. Tate, The Frontier Army in the Settlement of the West (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999); William H. Goetzmann, Army Exploration in the American West, 1803–1863 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1959); Todd A. Shallat, Structures in the Stream: Water, Science, and the Rise of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994); Forest G. Hill, Roads, Rails & Waterways: The Army Engineers and Early Transportation (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1957); Merritt Roe Smith, Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology: The Challenge of Change (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1977); James E. Sefton, The United States Army and Reconstruction, 1865–1877 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1967); Clayton D. Laurie and Ronald H. Cole, The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1877–1945, Army Historical Series (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army Center of Military History, 1997); Max Boot, The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise ofAmerican Power (New York: Basic Books, 2002); Brian M. Linn, The U.S. Army and Counterinsurgency in the Philippine War, 1899–1902 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989); Dana G. Munro, Intervention and Dollar Diplomacy in the Caribbean, 1900–1921 (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1964); Mary C. Gillett, The Army Medical Department, 1775–1917, Army Historical Series, 3 vols. (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army Center of Military History, 1981–1995); Mary T. Sarnecky, A History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999); Rebecca R. Raines, Getting the Message Through: A Branch History of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Army Historical Series (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army Center of Military History, 1996); Clarence C. Clendenen, Blood on the Border: The United States Army and the Mexican Irregulars (New York: Macmillan, 1969); Nancy Gentile Ford, Americans All! Foreign-Born Soldiers in World War I (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2001); Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986); John Gimbel, The American Occupation of Germany:
Politics and the Military, 1945–1949 (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1968); Bernard C. Nalty, Strength for the Fight: A History of Black Americans in the Military (New York: Free Press, 1986); Jeanne Holm, Women in the Military: An Unfinished Revolution, rev. ed. (Novato, Calif.: Presidio Press, 1992); Gaines M. Foster, The Demands of Humanity: Army Medical Disaster Relief, Special Studies (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army Center of Military History, 1983); Timothy J. Dunn, The Militarization of the U. S. – Mexico Border, 1978–1992: Low Intensity Conflict Doctrine Comes Home (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996); Richard W. Stewart, The United States Army in Somalia, 1992–1994 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army Center of Military History, 2002); Walter E. Kretchik, Robert F. Baumann, and John T. Fishel, Invasion, Intervention, “Intervasion ”: A Concise History of the U.S. Army in Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY (Fort Leavenworth, Kans.: U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1998); Lester H. Brune, The United States and Post–Cold War Interventions: Bush and Clinton in Somalia, Haiti, and Bosnia, 1992–1998 (Claremont, Calif.: Regina Books, 1998); Wesley K. Clark, Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat (New York: Public Affairs, 2001); and John Hillen, Blue Helmets: The Strategy of UN Military Operations (Washington, D.C.: Brassey’s, 1998).