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The generals : American military command from World War II to today

Author: Thomas E Ricks
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq.
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Genre/Form: Case studies
History
Military history
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas E Ricks
ISBN: 9781594204043 1594204047
OCLC Number: 780480462
Description: 558 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Captain William DePuy and the 90th Division in Normandy, summer 1944 --
pt. 1. World War II --
General George G. Marshall: the leader ; Dwight Eisenhower: how the Marshall system worked ; George Patton: the specialist ; Mark Clark: the man in the middle ; "Terrible Terry" Allen: conflict between Marshall and his protégés ; Eisenhower manages Montgomery ; Douglas MacArthur: the general as presidential aspirant ; William Simpson: the Marshall system and the new model American general --
pt. 2. The Korean War --
William Dean and Douglas MacArthur: two generals self-destruct ; Army generals fail at Chosin ; O.P. Smith succeeds at Chosin ; Ridgway turns the war around ; MacArthur's last stand ; The organization man's Army --
pt. 3. The Vietnam War --
Maxwell Taylor: architect of defeat ; William Westmoreland: the organization man in command ; William DuPuy: World War II-style generalship in Vietnam ; The collapse of generalship in the 1960s: At the top, In the field, In personnel policy ; Tet '68: the end of Westmoreland and the turning point of the war ; My Lai: General Koster's cover-up and General Peers's investigation ; The end of a war, the end of an Army --
pt. 4. Interwar --
DePuy's great rebuilding ; "How to teach judgment" --
pt. 5. Iraq and the hidden costs of rebuilding --
Colin Powell, Norman Schwarzkopf, and the empty triumph of the 1991 war ; The ground war: Schwarzkopf vs. Frederick Franks ; The post-Gulf War military ; Tommy R. Franks: two-time loser ; Ricardo Sanchez: over his head ; George Casey: trying but treading water ; David Petraeus: an outlier moves in, then leaves --
Epilogue: Restoring American military leadership.
Responsibility: Thomas E. Ricks.

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From the #1 bestselling author of "Fiasco" and "The Gamble," an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq.  Read more...
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"This is a brilliant book--deeply researched, very well-written and outspoken. Ricks pulls no punches in naming names as he cites serious failures of leadership, even as we were winning World War II, Read more...

 
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