Rudder: From Leader to Legend

Rudder: From Leader to Legend

by Thomas M. Hatfield
     
 

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Rudder

From Leader to Legend

Thomas A. Hatfield

In this first comprehensive biography of James Earl Rudder, Hatfield  covers Rudder's storied military exploits -- from years spent stateside training the all-volunteer 2nd Ranger Battalion to the unit's trek over the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc during the D-Day invasion.

540 pp. 68 b&w photos. 8 maps.

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Rudder

From Leader to Legend

Thomas A. Hatfield

In this first comprehensive biography of James Earl Rudder, Hatfield  covers Rudder's storied military exploits -- from years spent stateside training the all-volunteer 2nd Ranger Battalion to the unit's trek over the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc during the D-Day invasion.

540 pp. 68 b&w photos. 8 maps. Bib. Index. $30.00 cloth

Editorial Reviews

James W. Eikner

"Tom Hatfield has gotten inside the mind of the Colonel Rudder I knew during the war."--James W. Eikner, Headquarters Company Commander, 2nd Ranger Battalion, 1943-45

San Angelo - Ross McSwain

"This book theme is the triumph of humane and purposeful leadership in war and peace and the importance of character."--San Angelo Standard-Times

The Journal of America's Military Past - Russell K. Brown

" . . . engrossing biography . . . Hatfield has crafted a carefully researched and well-written book . . . a model of combat reporting . . . a meticulously detailed account of his subject's life."--Journal of America's Military Past

Southwestern Historical Quarterly - James A. Bersen

" . . . intricately detailed biography . . . Hatfield's view is that Rudder was a product of his generation and his history: as a former football coach and military officer, he thought everyone should be on the team. While such inflexible leadership may not have won him praise in this case, Hatfield argues that in balance, it was the deciding factor in transforming Texas A&M."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly
H. W. Brands

"Earl Rudder was a West Texan, a war hero, and the most important president in the history of Texas A&M University. In this sterling biography, Tom Hatfield does justice to all phases of Rudder’s life and career, and reminds us how an individual with talent, perseverance and courage can place an indelible stamp on an entire generation."--H. W. Brands, author of twenty-two books, including two Pulitzer Prize finalists: Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (2009); and The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (2000), a New York Times bestseller

 

Jim Lehrer
This is the extraordinary story of Earl Rudder, a man who came from nowhere to everywhere — from small town West Texas to the greatest and deadliest battlefields of World War II, back to state politics and government, and finally, on to the mission of turning Texas A & M into a great university. Tom Hatfield tells the story superbly with the detail and compassion required to assure that Earl Rudder and this book about him will never be forgotten. (Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor, PBS NEWSHOUR)
John McManus
Hatfield’s descriptions of Rudder at war may surpass the finest current work in the field of American military history. His expertise, his meticulous research, his careful analysis, and fine touch as an historian combine for path-breaking scholarship. Hatfield has solidified Rudder’s reputation as one of the most extraordinary American battlefield commanders of the war, not through hagiography, or the repetition of myths, but through scholarship. He has persuasively appraised Rudder’s role in the assault on Pointe du Hoc and re-assessed his fighting withdrawal on the Southern Shoulder of the ‘Bulge’ as a precursor to holding Bastogne. Hatfield demonstrates an amazing ability to handle a broad range of topics, from understanding of Ranger history and operational issues of the European war to his insights into Texas politics in the mid-twentieth century. Rudder: From Leader to Legend may be the finest manuscript I have ever reviewed. I can confidently say that it will greatly enhance Texas A&M University Press’s already fine reputation. (John C. McManus, author, The Americans in Normandy; Grunts; Alamo In the Ardennes; and other World War II books)
Allan R. Millett
Tom Hatfield honors one of World War II''s greatest citizen - soldiers, James Earl Rudder, the Texas football coach who became "Colonel Ranger" in the European War, 1944-1945. The subject and the author score one for the Aggies. (Allan R. Millett, Ambrose Professor of History)
Nelda Rowell Green
Dr. Hatfield’s account of how women were admitted to Texas A&M is as complete and accurate as it can be told. This complex story has never been expressed in such persuasive and consummate detail. (Nelda Rowell Green, executive secretary to President Rudder from 1965 to 1970)
San Angelo

"his book theme is the triumph of humane and purposeful leadership in war and peace and the importance of character"

— Ross McSwain

The Journal of America's Military Past

"...engrossing biography...Hatfield has crafted a carefully researched and well-written book...a model of combat reporting...a meticulously detailed account of his subject's life."--Russell K. Brown, The Journal of America's Military Past

— Russell K. Brown

Ambrose Professor of History

"Tom Hatfield honors one of World War II's greatest citizen - soldiers, James Earl Rudder, the Texas football coach who became "Colonel Ranger" in the European War, 1944-1945. The subject and the author score one for the Aggies."—Allan R. Millett, Ambrose Professor of History

— Allan R. Millett

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"intricately detailed biography...Hatfield's biography is largely complimentary and occasionally downplays events for which Rudder might well be subject to criticism. He extensively explores Rudder's long-standing feud with and censorship of the Texas A&M student newspaper. Hatfield's view is that Rudder was a product of his generation and his history: as a former football coach and military officer, he thought everyone should be on the team. While such inflexible leadership may not have won him praise in this case, Hatfield argues that in balance , it was the deciding factor in transforming Texas A&M."--James A. Berson, Southwestern Historical Quarterly

— James A. Bersen

The NYMAS Review

Rudder: From Leader to Legend is a valuable read for anyone interested in command at the front.”—NYMAS Review
H.W. Brands
"Earl Rudder was a West Texan, a war hero and the most important president in the history of Texas A&M University. In this sterling biography, Tom Hatfield does justice to all phases of Rudder’s life and career, and reminds us how an individual with talent, perseverance and courage can place an indelible stamp on an entire generation."—H. W. Brands, author of twenty-two books, including two Pulitzer Prize finalists: Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (2009); and The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (2000), a New York Times bestseller
Deputy Head, Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst - Simon Trew

“Tom Hatfield’s scholarly biography of James Earl Rudder represents a remarkable achievement.  Indefatigable in his pursuit of sources, Hatfield has provided the definitive account of Rudder’s role in preparing and leading the soldiers of the 2nd Ranger Battalion in their audacious assault against the Pointe du Hoc battery on D-Day, a feat for which Rudder and his men deservedly became famous.  But the author has done much more than this.  Not only does he cast new light on several important events during the European campaign of 1944-5, but he also tells us much about how leaders of the best kind are formed, and how some of the skills demanded in war can be used or adapted to meet the challenges of public service in times of peace.  Having read this book, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that Earl Rudder was far too modest a man ever to have contemplated telling his own life story, regardless of its significance or the lessons that it might offer.  Tom Hatfield is therefore to be congratulated for doing so on his behalf, and for presenting a compassionate yet fair-minded portrait of a loyal, courageous and humane soldier whose post-war contribution to Texan life places him high in the list of those most deserving of his fellow citizens’ regard.” --Simon Trew, Deputy Head, Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Ambrose Professor of History - Allan R. Millett

"Tom Hatfield honors one of World War II's greatest citizen-soldiers, James Earl Rudder, the Texas football coach who became "Colonel Ranger" in the European War, 1944-1945. The subject and the author score one for the Aggies."—Allan R. Millett, Ambrose Professor of History

executive secretary to President Rudder from 1965 to 1970 - Nelda Rowell Green

“Dr. Hatfield’s account of how women were admitted to Texas A&M is as complete and accurate as it can be told. This complex story has never been expressed in such persuasive and consummate detail.”--Nelda Rowell Green, executive secretary to President Rudder from 1965 to 1970
DeWitt Waltmon

"I will never understand how Hatfield accumulated so much interesting information about Earl Rudder. It is almost as though he was with Rudder most of the time." DeWitt Waltmon, Houston, Texas

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603442626
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
04/21/2011
Series:
Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, #115
Edition description:
General, Original TAMU Press edition
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
1,323,101
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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