Pershing

Pershing

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by Jim Lacey
     
 

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This persuasive biography sheds light on the nation's first modern combat commander who set the standard for today's four-star officers. Though the U.S. entered WWI with inadquate forces, in just over a year Pershing had built and hurled a one million man army against forty battle-hardened German divisions, defending the hellish Meuse-Argonne and turning the tide

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This persuasive biography sheds light on the nation's first modern combat commander who set the standard for today's four-star officers. Though the U.S. entered WWI with inadquate forces, in just over a year Pershing had built and hurled a one million man army against forty battle-hardened German divisions, defending the hellish Meuse-Argonne and turning the tide of the war. With focus and clarity, Lacey traces the development of Pershing from Indian fighter, to warrior against the Philippines insurgency, to victorious commander in WWI.

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Lacey's contribution to the Great Generals series substantially redresses the balance in Pershing's favor by focusing on his acheivements.
author of Ulysses S. Grant and Ike Michael Korda

Jim Lacey's very readable biography of General Pershing is an excellent reminder of his role in swiftly transforming the United States Army into a major fighting force in 1917 - 1918, and also of his great importance in selecting the men who would command American forces in World War Two. It is a first-rate life of a great American General who is all too often overlooked or underestimated today.
author of Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Dennis Showalter

Well researched, well presented, and well reasoned, this slim volume makes a convincing case for Pershing as the key figure in the AEF's contribution to Allied victory in the Great War. Pershing's government gave him two million men in uniform. His tireless work, detailed preparation, and situational awareness molded them into a war-winning army. He might not have been a great captain-but John J Pershing was a first-class general.
author of A War To be Won Williamson Murray

Jim Lacey has provided a wonderful study of Pershing and his generalship that is well researched, but even more important brings a real understanding of the art of leadership to the subject.
Library Journal

Lacey's addition to the "Great Generals" series is an insightful and informative look at Gen. John J. Pershing, remembered today (if at all) as commander of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I. But Pershing's career spanned a longer period. Lacey (ed., The Canons of Jihad: Terrorists' Strategy for Defeating America) recounts Pershing's development into the nation's first modern combat commander. After graduating from West Point in 1886, Pershing had an active career on the western frontier in the last Indian campaign, saw combat in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, and developed into a very effective midlevel commander in the Philippines, balancing negotiation and ruthlessness in dealing with the Moros. His single-minded devotion to duty aided him in his dealings with the Allies in World War I, maintaining the U.S. Army as a separate entity on the western front and providing the difference between defeat and victory. Lacey offers readers an insightful and informative look at a figure who should not have become all but forgotten. Recommended.
—David Lee Poremba

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ISBN-13:
9780230614451
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Series:
Great Generals Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,146,497
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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