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Released: 2012-10-30

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today by Thomas E. Ricks


From the number 1 bestselling author of Fiasco and The Gamble, an epic historical past of the decline of the usn military management from world warfare II to Iraq

records has been kind to the the usn commons of worldwide warfare II—Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley—and not more kind to the commons of the wars that adopted. In The totals, Thomas E. Ricks sets out to provide an explanation for why that is. partly it is the story of a widentificationening gulf among efficiency and duty. during the second world warfare, rankings of the usn commons had been relieved of command merely for no longer being good sufficient. lately, as one the usn colonel mentioned bitterly throughout the Iraq warfare, “As issues stand now, a private who loses a rifle suffers a long way niceer effects than a common who loses a war.”

In The totals we meet nice leaders and suspect ones, commons who rose to the instance and those who failed themselves and their infantrymen. Marshall and Eisenhower solid long shadows over this story, as does the less acquainted Marine total O. P. Smith, whose fighting retreat from the chinese onslaught into Korea within the winter of 19five0 snatched a type of victory from the jaws of annihilation.

but Korea also confirmed the primary indicators of an army management tradition that neither punished mediocrity nor specifically rewarded bold. within the Vietnam warfare, the problem grew worse until, after all, the usn military management bottomed out. The My Lai massacre, Ricks shows us, is the emblematic event of this darkish bankruptcy of our historical past. within the wake of Vietnam a fight for the soul of the us army used to be waged with spectacular luck. It changed into a transformed establishment, reinvigorated from the ground up. but when the frame used to be extremely toned, its head nonetheless suffered from acquainted problems, resulting in tactically savvy however strategically obtuse management that would win fights however finish wars badly from the primary Iraq warfare of 1990 via to the present.

Ricks has made an in depth observe of the us’s military leaders for three decades, and in his fingers this story resounds with better which means: about the transmission of values, about strategic pondering, and about the distinction among a company that learns and one that fails.

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writer: Thomas E. Rickswriter: Penguin Press HC, ..Binding: HardcoverLanguage: EnglishPages: five76

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