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BOOK REVIEWS vivid descriptions of Richmond’s fall and the evacuation of the Confederate government in the vain hope of maintaining its existence. He also discusses Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Richmond almost immediately after its fall and adds a short insight into Lincoln’s desire to quickly integrate the South back into the Union. Speaking to his guide, Maj. Gen. Godfrey Weitzel, Lincoln said, “If I were you, I’d let ‘em up easy, let ‘em up easy.” Haskew adds a rather humorous quotation of a North Carolina infantryman after capture: “Yes, you got me, and a hell of a git you got.” This does much to illustrate the poor state of the ANV along with its still-combative spirit. The author describes Philip Sheridan’s aggressive operations to interrupt and stop the joining of Lee’s force with Gen. Joseph Johnston’s in North Carolina. The generous surrender terms by Grant and the poignant story of William McClean—who could rightfully claim that the war began in his front yard in Manassas and finished in his parlor in Appomattox— bring the human side of the conflict into the forefront. Haskew was correct when he concluded that Lee embodied the highest qualities of honor and nobility and led an army that covered itself in glory—but in the end was conquered, not the least reason being that it was tarnished by its defense of slavery. I highly recommend including this book in any military professional’s library. Col. Richard D. Koethe III, U.S. Army, Retired, Alexandria, Virginia AMERICANS AT WAR IN FOREIGN FORCES: A History, 1914-1945 Chris Dickon, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2014, 234 pages C hris Dickon is an Emmy Award-winning public broadcasting producer and self-described researcher of “lesser-known aspects of American history.” His latest work is a thorough and in-depth account of Americans who have fought and died under the banners of foreign powers during the first half of the twentieth century. The author presents a painstakingly researched collection of personal stories and government records that intertwines tens of MILITARY REVIEW  March-April 2016 thousands of American-born combatants with some of the greatest military struggles of the last century. Americans at War’s strength lies in its intensely human account of the personal lives and convictions of individuals leaving their home country to fight in the unspeakable horrors of combat. Covering land, air, and sea battles, Dickon weaves an account of little-known Ivy League adventurers, middle class professionals, and outcast mercenaries who risked their lives and citizenships in conflicts where the United States was determined not to participate. Americans at War provides a glimpse into the lives of thousands of Americans who signed on with foreign forces to fight in some of the twentieth century’s bloodiest conflicts. Those men and women remained personally loyal to their home country but willingly left its isolationism to protect countries that did not have the luxury of deferring war. The book is valuable for its insight into the individual and international drama that accompanied the involvement of many Americans fighting European wars. While rewarding for anyone interested in military or American history, the readability of the book could benefit from a thorough editing to correct \