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Secretaries of War, Navy, and Defense:
Ensuring National Security

Jason Richie ©2002


  • 176 pages
  • 107 black-and-white photos, drawings, and maps
  • 7" x 9"
  • Reinforced library binding
  • Source notes
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • List of office holders
  • Grades 7 and up
  • ISBN: 978-1-881508-64-9
  • $22.95







“The chapter on Robert McNamara … is one of the most moving profiles. … This is history with a face on it.”

Includes Edwin Stanton, who created the Union army; Benjamin Tracy, father of the modern navy; Elihu Root, who transformed the War Department after the Spanish-American War; and Henry Stimson and the military buildup of World War II. James Forrestal became the first secretary of defense in 1947, Caspar Weinberger won the arms race against the Soviet Union, and Donald Rumsfeld directed the fight against terrorism.