This excellent source on all varieties of aspects related to the Salvation Army_its history, organization, structure, beliefs, and activities around the world_sums them all up in a broad introduction. It then presents the information in greater detail in hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries, while nearly a century-and-a-half of history is traced in the chronology, and further reading is indicated by two extensive bibliographies. This volume, written by more than 150 contributors_all specialists on different aspects and countries_under the direction of Major John G. Merritt, concludes with nine appendixes, including the first-ever published list of the more than 425 men and women who have attained the rank of Commissioner.
Major John G. Merritt became a Salvationist in 1966 and was commissioned a Salvation Army officer in 1968. For the next 33 years, he served in pastoral, inner city, editorial, educational, and historical agency appointments in the USA and Chile, retiring with the rank of major in 2001 after 11 years as director of The Salvation Army's Southern Historical Center.