This first biography of Liggett follows the full life of a doggedly hard-working soldier whose leadership style contrasted and sometimes conflicted with the military culture of his time. Where Pershing employed a “fear and censure” approach to command, Liggett allowed his subordinates to grow into their jobs, all the while coaching them on the best course of action. Where Pershing was feared, Liggett enjoyed the respect—if not affection—of his men. Liggett was a modest man and a devoted student of military history at a time when many officers of his generation relied upon a combination of connections, political influence, and seniority to advance their careers.
Hunter Liggett not only offers readers a much-needed biography of an almost forgotten general but also adds a new and nuanced perspective on the importance of military leadership in the era of the First World War.
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations xi
1 The Early Years 1
2 Out West 11
3 Southern Exposure 32
4 Cuba and the Philippines 45
5 School Days: Army War College and General Staff School 61
6 The Philippines Again 82
7 World War I, Opening Rounds 93
8 World War I, Coup de Grace 116
9 Final Command and Retirement 138
Epilogue: Sic transit gloria mundi 151
Selected Bibliography 193