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"A well-written and refreshing approach that makes a valuable contribution to the study of senior military leadership in war."
"Taaffe's penetrating look at the Army's 'one indispensable man' shows how commanders like Omar Bradley, 'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell, Courtney Hodges, and their peers were selected and deployed--and how they kept their jobs."
Wall Street Journal
"Provides a collective portrait of the ground army's senior officer corps that is searching and complex."
Pacific Historical Review
"Rarely does an academic historian offer insight into the past and a tutorial on the art of senior-level command. Taaffe accomplishes both. . . . Essential reading."
Proceedings, U.S. Naval Academy
"A cogent, well-researched, and important contribution to our understanding of Marshall and his commanders that explores their conflicts with each other as well as their battlefield successes and failures."--Mark A. Stoler, editor of the George C. Marshall Papers