While not an ""official"" biography of the American Legion, this has most of the earmarks, since in the main it is a...

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A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN LEGION

While not an ""official"" biography of the American Legion, this has most of the earmarks, since in the main it is a laudatory document with only rare critical content. The ""historian"" is acting substitute for the man chosen to do the job, who was ill and unable to go through with it. What he has written is a running commentary on the achievements of America's largest veteran organization, the involvement in all sorts of veterans' affairs, national political issues, preparedness, immigration, labor, un-American activities, and so on. He acknowledges differences of opinion in the Committee of the Legion Historical Advisory -- disagreement with the conclusions and even with the presentation of facts, but no doubt the standpat element in the Legion's membership will accept this as a slice of good American history. Outside the Legion, the interest would be slight. Here is no argument for Legion policies and ideals, no indication that the Legion has anything to offer other than as a pressure group to the new veterans.

Pub Date: Nov. 21, 1946

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1946