Naval War College Review


William Calhoun


The English novelist C. S. Forester once observed, concerning soldiers in war, that it was a “coincidence that when destiny had so much to do she should find tools of such high quality ready to hand.” This comment aptly describes the human story line woven throughout The Training Ground, Martin Dugard’s spirited and nearly blow-by-blow ac- count of the major battles of the Mexi- can War. Dugard, author of The Last Voyage of Columbus (2005), has written a robust narrative of this conflict de- scribing President James K. Polk’s am- bition to expand the territory of the United States.