Alumni News Update
Compiled by Rich Grippaldi, Student & Alumni News Editor


Mary E. Glantz (Ph.D., 2002) published her first book, FDR and the Soviet Union: The President’s Battles over Foreign Policy with University Press of Kansas. The book is a revised version of her dissertation, “’Good Neighbors and Sincere Friends’: United States Policy toward the Soviet Union under Franklin D. Roosevelt,” which she wrote under the direction of Dr. Richard H. Immerman. Glantz is a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department.

Peter S. Kindsvatter (Ph.D., 1998) continues to rack up honors for his first book, American Soldiers: Ground Combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam (University Press of Kansas, 2003). He received the AHF Distinguished Writing Award, U.S. Army History 1899-2003, from the Army Historical Foundation. American Soldiers has also been added to the U.S. Army Chief of Staff’s Professional Reading List for company-grade officers, warrant officers, and company cadre NCOs and to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Senior Leader Reading List. Kindsvatter is the Command Historian at the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools, Aberdeen Proving Ground.

In April, Edward G. Longacre (Ph. D., 1989) received the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars for the best book-length work on Southern history published in 2004. The book is Gentleman and Soldier, a biography of Wade Hampton III (1818-1902), Confederate general, governor of South Carolina, and U. S. senator.

In August, Longacre's most recent book, The Commanders of Chancellorsville, was published by Rutledge Hill Press of Nashville, Tennessee (which also released Gentleman and Soldier). On October 15 Longacre gave a talk on the new book and sign copies of it at the Barnes & Noble store in his home town of Newport News, Virginia. The was taped by C-SPAN2/Book TV and aired in November.

Michael A. Palmer (Ph.D., 1981) published Command at Sea: Naval Command and Control since the Sixteenth Century with Harvard University Press in the spring of 2005.

He has served as chair of the Department of History at East Carolina University since 1999. Command at Sea was his sixth monograph. He wrote his dissertation, “The Quasi-War and the Creation of the American Navy, 1798-1801,” under the direction of the late Russell F. Weigley. Published as Stoddert’s War by the University of South Carolina Press in 1987, the book has been republished by the United States Naval Institute in their “Classics of Naval Literature” series. Palmer is currently at work on his next book: Americanism and the Last Crusade, a wide-ranging discourse on the clash between the West and radical Islamists.

Patrick J. Speelman (Ph.D., 2000) edited the recently published book, War, Society and the Enlightenment: The Works of General Lloyd (Brill, 2005). Collected in this volume are all the known works of General Henry Lloyd, an eighteenth-century “philosophe,” who crafted a modern critical approach to military thinking. Speelman is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the College of Charleston and the author of Henry Lloyd and the Military Enlightenment of Eighteenth-Century Europe (Greenwood, 2002).