The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today


By (author) Thomas E Ricks

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 33mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 13 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143124099
  • ISBN 13: 9780143124092
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 183,087

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An epic history of the decline of American military leadership--from the #1 bestselling author of "Fiasco" Thomas E. Ricks has made a close study of America's military leaders for three decades, and in "The""Generals," he chronicles the widening gulf between performance and accountability among the top brass of the U.S. military. While history has been kind to the American generals of World War II--Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley--it has been less kind to others, such as Koster, Franks, Sanchez, and Petraeus. Ricks sets out to explain why that is. We meet great leaders and suspect ones, generals who rose to the occasion and generals who failed themselves and their soldiers. In Ricks's hands, this story resounds with larger meaning: about the transmission of values, about strategic thinking, and about the difference between an organization that learns and one that fails.

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Thomas E. Ricks is the author of "Fiasco" and "The Gamble," both "New York Times" bestsellers. As a journalist, he was a member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams. He lives in Washington, D.C.