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Well written account of the Southern portion of the Mexican American War from Veracruz to Mexico City, led by General Winfred Scott. Many of the future military leaders of both the Confederacy and the Union participated in various roles during this war. Santa Anna clearly was not much of a leader. While the military was conducting the campaign, President Polk and his diplomats were working to develop treaty negotiations, but were being deceived by Santa Anna and his crew, so General Scott procee...more
An excellent study of Winfield Scott's Mexico City campaign. Johnson provides brilliant assessments of the tactical, operational, strategic, and political aspects of the campaign. His analysis of Scott's strategy of moderation is particularly insightful. I only wish the publisher had allowed a full page for each map instead of half a page, but that's a minor quibble. I may assign his to military history class to show the connections between goals and means.