SEARCH OUT THE LAND by Phillip Stevens


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A lumpy rucksack of ""heroic"" feats by American military scouts, most of generally high repute. Among the scouts of the pre-and Revolutionary periods: Robert Rodgers, whose ""Plan of Discipline"" is still the basis of some current Army practice, including training for the Green Berets; and Daniel Morgan, who refined the frontier skills of marksmanship and scouting. In a reconnaissance ""as daring as laborious,"" Robert E. Lee distinguished himself during the Mexican war. Then follow brief hustles through the careers of Kit Carson, J.E.B. Stuart (the only alternative to surrender is ""To die game.""), Buffalo Bill Cody, Funston whose scouting party captured the leader for Phillipine independence, and Aguinaldo. After exposure to the happy simplification of -- one would, suspect -- limited sources, the hero-scouts of two World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam receive only scattered attention. There are some offhand mentions of Indian scouts, but this is a bland, uncritical, chauvinistic treatment of some complex and multimotivated personalities and the causes they served.

Pub Date: Nov. 3rd, 1969
Publisher: Rand McNally