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

by Ricks, Thomas E.

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An epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq. Full description


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Table of 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 Choisin ; 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 DePuy : World War II-style generalship in Vietnam ; The collapse of generalship in the 1960s ; 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. DuPuy's great rebuilding ; "How to teach judgment"
  • pt. 5 nd 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.