The National Guard in Politics

Derthick, Martha. The National Guard in Politics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1965.

“With admirable clarity Martha Derthick has analyzed the political activities of the National Guard throughout its existence. This study of the National Guard as a political institution has particular pertinence because the Guard has always depended on the federal government for its wherewithal. . . . Derthick wisely makes no attempt to assess the combat role of the Guard, restricting herself to its activities in the political arena. She explains expertly the reasons for the Guard’s successes and failures. . . . Derthick’s account of the political dimension of the Guard will remain a basic reference.”

-American Historical Review

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