". . . this is a model reference work and a worthwhile purchase."
"Comprehensive, well presented, and grounded throughout in deep research, this work would make a solid contribution to research libraries. The two appendixes, on the other hand, would be best used in public libraries."
"In this timely set, editor Pencak, professor of history at Penn State University, has produced a remarkable reference for anyone seeking to understand the struggle of veterans both historically and in the present day. . . . bold text, excellent organization, broad coverage, and even scholarship make this a first-rate work. These volumes serve as a great reference for veterans and those looking for more information on the topic and are recommended for larger public and academic libraries."
"Editor Pencak (history, Penn State U.) and 30 contributors have compiled a comprehensive two-volume encyclopedia on America's veterans. It contains entries on all major conflicts in U.S. history, a timeline of relevant events, images of veterans in political or ceremonial activities, key historic figures, veterans organizations, and numerous primary source documents such as poems by and tributes to veterans. It also includes specific coverage of POWs, MIAs, and their families, as well as African American, women, and Native American soldiers."
"The wealth of information in the 100 entries will help anyone researching any of the wars in which the US has been involved, from what are considered the just and supported wars, like the Revolutionary War, to the unpopular and condemned wars in Vietnam and the Middle East. . . . Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general
"This unique examination of an important part of American culture is highly recommended for both academic and public libraries."
"...an ambitious work of great value to students of American military history, and to the study of U.S. history generally. Pencak has a remarkably expansive view of America's veterans, their experiences, and their impact on the nation. The essays incorporate the recent scholarship on veterans well. It is a rich and valuable reference work essential for any academic or public library."