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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Andrew Allen Wiest  

Pen Name: Andrew Wiest, Andrew A. Wiest, Andy Wiest

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: October 28, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

He was born in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago with his PhD.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wiest is a historian, educator, writer, and editor. He has appeared on several documentaries for the History Channel, Granada Television and Lucasfilms and served as a commentator on military events for national news outlets including the ''San Francisco Chronicle'' and the ''Philidelphia Inquirer''.

Published Works

  • Passchendaele and the Royal Navy, Greenwood Press, 1995
  • The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War, Thunder Bay Press, 2000 - written with Chris McNab
  • War in the Age of Technology: Myriad Faces of Modern Armed Conflict, New York University Press, 2001 - editor and contributor, written with Geoffry Jensen
  • The Pacific War: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima 1941-1945, Spellbound Publishers Limited, 2001 - written with Gregory Louis Mattson
  • The Illustrated History of World War I, Grange Books, 2001
  • Infantry Warfare: Strategy and Tactics, Zenith Press, 2002 - written with MK Barbier
  • The Vietnam War, 1956-1975, Routledge, 2003
  • Atlas of World War II, Barnes & Noble, 2004 - written with David Jordan
  • Haig: The Evolution of a Commander, Potomac Books, 2005
  • Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisted, Osprey, 2006 - editor and contributor
  • Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN, New York University Press, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

Passchendaele and the Royal Navy /
ISBN: 0313290482. OCLC Number:

Greenwood Press,. Westport, Conn. :. 1995.

The illustrated history of the Vietnam War /
ISBN: 1571452664. OCLC Number:

Thunder Bay Press,. San Diego, CA :. 2000.

Text, maps, and numerous photos chronicle the history of the Vietnam War; also includes a chronology, statistics list, and bibliography.

War in the age of technology :
ISBN: 0814742513. OCLC Number:

New York University Press,. New York :. ©2001.

The Pacific war /
ISBN: 1862271372. OCLC Number:

Spellmount,. Staplehurst :. 2001.

Infantry warfare :
ISBN: 0760314012. OCLC Number:

MBI Pub. Co.,. St. Paul, MN :. 2002.

Witness the amazing development of the role the soldier plays on the battlefield as technology has evolved over the past century. From WWI trenches to today's desert battlegrounds, infantry soldiers are integral components in modern warfare. Learn how their strategies and tactics have evolved, both to exploit and to counter new technology, through the use of specially commissioned maps, diagrams and insightful text. Illustrates harrowing battles fought and the tactics employed.

The Vietnam War, 1956-1975 /
ISBN: 0415968518. OCLC Number:

Routledge,. New York :. [2003]

Haig :
ISBN: 1574886835. OCLC Number:

Potomac Books,. Washington, D.C. :. ©2005.

"Historians consider Douglas Haig one of the most controversial military leader in British history. Today his career is at the center of a swirling debate concerning the nature of the First World War. The traditional school contends that, like the majority of generals from both sides, he was an overmatched, hidebound relic of a bygone military age who could not come to grips with modern war. Such men allegedly sent their soldiers "over the top" in pointless attacks, with a criminal disregard for the enormous cost in lives. A new revisionist school now contends that many Great War leaders, including Haig, stood at the center of a phenomenal period of military innovation, one that laid the foundations for modern warfare. This learning curve led from the killing fields of the Somme to the protoblitzkrieg tactics of the Hundred Days Battles." "Haig had achieved a measure of fame in Britain's colonial wars and began the First World War as a corps commander. He obtained command of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France in 1915. Under his leadership, the BEF fought its two signature battles of the war at the Somme and Passchendaele, earning him a reputation as a "butcher and bungler." The slaughter at the Somme and the muddy hell of Passchendaele forever tarnished his reputation; however, as Andrew Wiest points out, in 1918 Haig proved instrumental in winning one of the greatest victories in British military history. While the Hundred Days Battles often go unnoticed or unappreciated in the history of the First World War, obscured as they were by the failures of earlier campaigns, here modern war came of age. Haig's role in that transformation makes him the central figure of the war on the Western Front."--Jacket.

Rolling thunder in a gentle land :
ISBN: 1846032164. OCLC Number:

Osprey,. Oxford ;. 2006.

Andrew Wiest has collected 15 uniformly excellent new essays by highly regarded scholars, veterans, and victims from differing military, political, and academic perspectives to present the Vietnam War in a global context.

Vietnam's forgotten army :
ISBN: 081479467X. OCLC Number:

New York University Press,. New York :. ©2008.

Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN chronicles the lives of Pham Van Dinh and Tran Ngoc Hue, two of the brightest young stars in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). Both men fought with valor in a war that seemed to have no end, exemplifying ARVN bravery and determination that is largely forgotten or ignored in the West. However, while Hue fought until he was captured by the North Vietnamese Army and then endured thirteen years of captivity, Dinh surrendered and defected to the enemy, for whom he served as a teacher in the reeducation of his former ARVN comrades. An understanding of how two lives that were so similar diverged so dramatically provides a lens through which to understand the ARVN and South Vietnam?s complex relationship with America's government and military. The lives of Dinh and Hue reflect the ARVN's battlefield successes, from the recapture of the Citadel in Hue City in the Tet Offensive of 1968, to Dinh's unheralded role in the seizure of Hamburger Hill a year later. However, their careers expose an ARVN that was over-politicized, tactically flawed, and dependent on American logistical and firepower support. Marginalized within an American war, ARVN faced a grim fate as U.S. forces began to exit the conflict. As the structure of the ARVN/U.S. alliance unraveled, Dinh and Hue were left alone to make the most difficult decisions of their lives.

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