Date: July 22, 2005
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PNC Professor Howard Jablon Authors Book
WESTVILLE – Purdue University North Central professor Howard Jablon recently had the book he authored, David M. Shoup: A Warrior against War” published by Rowman and Littlefield.
Jablon, professor of history and chair of the Social Sciences Department, also wrote the book, “Crossroads of Decision: The State Department and Foreign Policy, 1933-1937 and was editor of The China Expedition and Diaries of Michael and Patterson Luark, 1853-1900. In addition, Jablon has published numerous articles in scholarly journals.
The book, “David M. Shoup: A Warrior against War” is a biography delving into the life of Shoup, a Marine hero whose career intersected with critical junctures in U.S. foreign relations during the course of five decades. Jablon explains that Shoup was an admired and decorated military hero who served stateside and in China during the 1920s and 1930s and quickly moved up the ranks at the outset of World War II. Shoup was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery and leadership in the victory at Tarawa in the Pacific. Following the war, he continued his service and was eventually named Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Yet, despite this clear dedication to his lifelong career in the armed services, Shoup became a fervent and outspoken critic of the Vietnam War. His very public opinions earned him the respect of protesters and the resentment of many fellow officers and friends.
As Jablon contrasts Shoup’s service career and bravery in battle with his vehement anti-Vietnam protests, he also illuminates the paradoxes that make Shoup such an intriguing figure.
Jablon joined the PNC faculty in 1966. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.