Pershing

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"Jim Lacey sheds light on General Pershing's legacy as the officer who set the standard for todays four-star officers. Starting with his early career as an Indian fighter, Lacey traces Pershing's development as he was tested in the Philippine insurgency and emerged a general capable of helping the United States win a major battle that ultimately led to victory in World War I." With focus and clarity, Lacey traces the development of Pershing from Indian fighter to victorious commander during World War I.
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Pershing: A Biography

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Overview

"Jim Lacey sheds light on General Pershing's legacy as the officer who set the standard for todays four-star officers. Starting with his early career as an Indian fighter, Lacey traces Pershing's development as he was tested in the Philippine insurgency and emerged a general capable of helping the United States win a major battle that ultimately led to victory in World War I." With focus and clarity, Lacey traces the development of Pershing from Indian fighter to victorious commander during World War I.
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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." — Booklist

“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.” — Michael Korda, author of Ulysses S. Grant and Ike

"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." — Dennis Showalter, author of Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century

"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." — Williamson Murray, author of A War To be Won

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230614451
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Series: Great Generals Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 674,155
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Lacey is an analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses and a professor of conflict and global issues at Johns Hopkins University. Lacey was an embedded journalist with Time magazine during the invasion of Iraq, where he traveled with the 101st Airborne Division. His opinion columns have been published in The Weekly Standard, The National Review, and The New York Post. Lacey is the author of Takedown, Fresh from the Fight, and Occupation of Iraq. General Wesley K. Clark served in the United States Army for thirty-four years and rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He is author of A Time to Lead, as well as the best selling books Waging Modern War and Winning Modern Wars.

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Table of Contents

Foreword General Wesley K. Clark Clark, General Wesley K.

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 Born in War 7

Ch. 2 The Splendid Little War 23

Ch. 3 The Philippines Insurgency 33

Ch. 4 Love Gained 49

Ch. 5 Victory Gained and Love Lost 61

Ch. 6 Chasing Villa 77

Ch. 7 Entry into World War I 85

Ch. 8 The Americans Arrive 99

Ch. 9 Building an Army 109

Ch. 10 Into the Fight 129

Ch. 11 The First Great Offensive 151

Ch. 12 The Meuse-Argonne Offensive 159

Ch. 13 Chief of Staff 179

Notes 195

Index 201

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Recommended for Readers of History

    This concise biography is highly readable and historically accurate.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

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    1st book on WWI - nothing to compare to

    I thought it was a good read and helped to fill in some of the holes I had about WWI. My maternal grandfather was a medic in the last three major battles, and he never talked about them. I suppose that he thought I was too young at the time. It was interesting at how well, Pershing 'picked up' on certain things and not some others. But I think that's the human nature in all of us. I enjoyed it and would liked to have met him.

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