MacDonald's war history starts off with the most flair seen in khaki in a long time (e.g. ""The Navy, of course, was different, made up as it was of a composite Dick Powell-Fred Astaire who came crooning and dancing into port to an Irving Berlin score into the waiting arms of Ruby Keeler-Ginger Rogers,"") and maintains an unusually high degree of readability throughout. As Deputy Chief Historian of the Department of the Army, MacDonald also writes with authority, though a certain pro-America bias occasionally rears its head, as in the brief post-mortem one-upping Russia with respect to who really sacrificed the most. MacDonald is sensitive to the impact of politics and personalities, and he even keeps the ordinary soldier in mind. Military history that should circulate well beyond West Point.