School Library JournalGr 7-10-A concise examination of 10 military leaders. Oleksy's crisp, no-nonsense, understated prose is consistent with his subject matter. He includes many pertinent quotes from the featured individuals' words and writings as well as from other sources. This technique, along with his willingness to present balanced accounts that include the ``warts and all'' of such controversial and publicity-seeking figures as MacArthur, Halsey, and Patton, helps to make all of the officers come to life as real, complex people. The black-and-white photographs are adequate at best. What sets this work apart from others-besides the writing-is the very detailed index. Each profile has its own chronology and list for further reading. Thus, for its inclusion of information on lesser-known leaders as well as for its other features, this is a worthy stand-alone addition or complement to James B. Sweeney's Army Leaders of World War II (Watts, 1984; o.p.) and Anders's Fighting Airmen (Putnam, 1966; o.p.)-David A. Lindsey, Lakewood Junior/Senior High School, WA
Patricia BraunIn this useful, interestingly written collective biography, Oleksy profiles 10 outstanding leaders of World War II, among them, Nimitz, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Bradley, LeMay, and Patton. Each biography provides a glimpse of the subject's civilian life prior to the war as well as his wartime and postwar life. The emphasis, however, is on what each man's war record reveals about his personality and leadership ability. The latest installment in the American Profiles series, this book argues that leaders are often "ordinary" people who happen into a crisis and handle the pressure well. A chronology and a few further readings conclude each chapter; photographs are planned.
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