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The Generals

Author : Winston Groom
ISBN : 9781426215506
Genre : History
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Celebrated historian Winston Groom tells the intertwined and uniquely American tales of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, and George Marshall - from the World War I battle that shaped them to their greatest victory: leading the allies to victory in World War II. These three remarkable men-of-arms who rose from the gruesome hell of the First World War to become the finest generals of their generation during World War II redefined America's ideas of military leadership and brought forth a new generation of American soldier. Their efforts revealed to the world the grit and determination that would become synonymous with America in the post-war years. Filled with novel-worthy twists and turns, and set against the backdrop of the most dramatic moments of the twentieth century, The Generals is a powerful, action-packed book filled with marvelous surprises and insights into the lives of America's most celebrated warriors.

The Generals

Author : Thomas E. Ricks
ISBN : 9781101595930
Genre : History
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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 History has been kind to the American generals of World War II—Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley—and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed. In The Generals, Thomas E. Ricks sets out to explain why that is. In part it is the story of a widening gulf between performance and accountability. During the Second World War, scores of American generals were relieved of command simply for not being good enough. Today, as one American colonel said bitterly during the Iraq War, “As matters stand now, a private who loses a rifle suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses a war.” In The Generals we meet great leaders and suspect ones, generals who rose to the occasion and those who failed themselves and their soldiers. Marshall and Eisenhower cast long shadows over this story, as does the less familiar Marine General O. P. Smith, whose fighting retreat from the Chinese onslaught into Korea in the winter of 1950 snatched a kind of victory from the jaws of annihilation. But Korea also showed the first signs of an army leadership culture that neither punished mediocrity nor particularly rewarded daring. In the Vietnam War, the problem grew worse until, finally, American military leadership bottomed out. The My Lai massacre, Ricks shows us, is the emblematic event of this dark chapter of our history. In the wake of Vietnam a battle for the soul of the U.S. Army was waged with impressive success. It became a transformed institution, reinvigorated from the bottom up. But if the body was highly toned, its head still suffered from familiar problems, resulting in tactically savvy but strategically obtuse leadership that would win battles but end wars badly from the first Iraq War of 1990 through to the present. Ricks has made a close study of America’s military leaders for three decades, and in his hands this story resounds with larger meaning: about the transmission of values, about strategic thinking, and about the difference between an organization that learns and one that fails.

Eisenhower S Armies

Author : Niall Barr
ISBN : 1681773554
Genre : History
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An authoritative and dramatic behind-the-scenes history of 'the Atlantic Alliance' during World War II.

The Aviators

Author : Winston Groom
ISBN : 9781426211577
Genre : History
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Written by gifted storyteller Winston Groom (author of Forrest Gump), The Aviators tells the saga of three extraordinary aviators--Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle--and how they redefine heroism through their genius, daring, and uncommon courage. This is the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival-at-sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, andFlyboys. With the world in peril in World War II, each man set aside great success and comfort to return to the skies for his most daring mission yet. Doolittle, a brilliant aviation innovator, would lead the daring Tokyo Raid to retaliate for Pearl Harbor; Lindbergh, hero of the first solo flight across the Atlantic, would fly combat missions in the South Pacific; and Rickenbacker, World War I flying ace, would bravely hold his crew together while facing near-starvation and circling sharks after his plane went down in a remote part of the Pacific. Groom's rich narrative tells their intertwined stories--from broken homes to Medals of Honor (all three would receive it); barnstorming to the greatest raid of World War II; front-page triumph to anguished tragedy; and near-death to ultimate survival--as all took to the sky, time and again, to become exemplars of the spirit of the "greatest generation."


Author : Winston Groom
ISBN : 0871138891
Genre : History
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Presents an account of America's early efforts in World War II and portrays 1942 as a year of perseverance, innovation, tactics, tragedy, and triumph and the defining act in the great drama of the war.

The Tudor Wolfpack And The Roots Of Irish America

Author : Jack Bray
ISBN : 099664847X
Genre : History
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Jack Bray tells a powerful story about the military conquest and colonization of Ireland in the 16th/17th centuries. He shows how despite this period marked by violent conflict, starvation, and mass migration, the resiliency of the Irish spirit soar in all aspects of life today. ¿The Irish people have suffered mercilessly at the hands of conquerors over the past thousand or so years¿. The Normans tried with only limited success to conquer the Irish in 1167, a hundred years after their takeover of England¿. Irish resistance to British rule provoked a lengthy war between the clans of the Irish chieftains and the English soldiers¿. They confiscated the lands once more and instituted such harsh and outrageous controls that it ultimately resulted in the great Irish emigration to the United States. Jack Bray tells this thrilling story from an immense wealth of knowledge and such a writer¿s eye for detail that no one even remotely interested in the period will want to miss it. ¿ ―From the Foreword by Winston Groom, Best-selling author of The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall And The Winning Of World War II; Vicksburg, 1863; Shiloh, 1862; and Forrest Gump ¿The Irish are a story-telling people and Jack Bray is one of them. And what a story he has written: the centuries of tragedy ending in the building of a great country across the sea, America. Deeply researched and deeply felt, `The Tudor Wolfpack And The Roots Of Irish America¿ has a brave and musical heart.¿ ―-Richard Reeves, Best-selling author of President Kennedy: Profile Of Power; President Nixon: Alone In The White House; American Journey: Travelling With Tocqueville; Senior Lecturer, Annenberg School For Communication at the University of Southern California ¿Jack Bray tells the gripping story of the wolves the British sent to govern the Irish. The tale of atrocities, the horrid indifference towards suffering and starvation, makes me marvel at how Irish people with their poetry, humor, story-telling and dedication to justice emerged. Miracles abound in this action-packed history. A must read for those who want to know the best and worst of human nature.¿ ―-Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, Visiting Fellow at The Kennedy School of Government, Fellow at St. Mary¿s College of Maryland ¿Combining the soul of Ireland's ancient storytelling Seanchaí with the great talent and skill of an American lawyer-historian, Jack Bray tells a powerful story about the military conquest and colonization of Ireland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Describing in vivid detail how the Tudors and their successors sent a "Wolfpack" of imperial agents to violently steal Ireland's land, enslave its people, and deprive them of fundamental rights based on religious and cultural identity, Bray shows how this period set the stage for centuries marked by violent conflict, starvation, and mass migration of its people. Yet despite these immense historical challenges, the resiliency and gifts of the Irish spirit soar in all aspects of life today. In the context of our own time, when so many "wolves" still roam the Earth and many millions of refugees flee for their lives, this important story offers a timely reminder about how deeply ingrained predatory instincts are in the human family and how much work is needed to overcome them.¿ ―-Edward J. Markey, United States Senator, Massachusetts

American Generals Of World War Ii

Author : Ron Knapp
ISBN : 0766010244
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Profiles ten of America's greatest generals of World War II, including Henry Arnold, Omar Bradley, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Curtis LeMay, and Douglas MacArthur.

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