Univ. of North Texas Press
Command culture; officer education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 1901-1940, and the consequences for World War II.
This study examines the command culture of the US Army officer corps, encompassing the formal culture as taught by military schools as well as the informal culture as reinforced by peers, and compares it to the command culture of the German Army. The men studied were career officers in the regular army, commissioned during or after 1901 but mainly between 1909 and 1925. Most of the American officers studied attended The Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Their German counterparts attended the Kriegsakademie or its substitute institutes between 1912 and 1938. The study focuses on who had access to the schools and which processes men had to follow to continue; it is also concerned with the teaching philosophies of the schools, didactics and pedagogies used, and the attitudes of faculty. The study concludes by examining intermediate professional military education in both armies. The book contains b&w historical photos. Muth holds a PhD in history from the University of Utah. (Annotation ©2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Dennis Brain; a life in music.
This work on British horn player Dennis Brain (1921-1957) describes Brain's life and analyzes his musical career. The authors draw on interviews with family, friends, and colleagues to examine his career in various orchestras and his career as a teacher and lecturer. There are details on selected performances and on Brain's horns, mouthpieces, and embouchures. The book includes b&w historical photos, many from personal collections, and a discography. About 30 pages of appendices offer radio scripts, articles by Brain, and an extended bibliography of concert programs and souvenir booklets, documents preserved by BBC Written Archives, television and radio scripts, and other documents. Gamble started playing the horn in 2003. Lynch is a semi-retired aerospace corporation executive. (Annotation ©2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
A guide to sources of Texas criminal justice statistics.
Harnsberger (Sam Houston State U.) identifies reliable sources of statistics on Texas crime, juvenile delinquency, law enforcement, courts, sentencing, capital punishment, corrections, substance abuse, fatalities, and government finances. A website address accompanies each of the 633 bibliographic entries along with an abstract describing relevant data reported in the publication. This volume is recommended for reference collections and college libraries. (Annotation ©2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)