Thunderbolt : General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times

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General Creighton Abrams has been called the greatest American general since Ulysses S. Grant, yet at the time this book was first published in 1992, he was little known by most Americans. For more than four decades, in three wars and in challenging peacetime assignments, Abrams demonstrated the skill, courage, integrity, and compassion that made him a legend in his profession. Thunderbolt is the definitive biography of the man who commanded U.S. forces in Vietnam during the withdrawal stage and for whom the army's main battle tank is named. With a new introduction by the author, this edition places the complex and sophisticated Abrams and his many achievements in the context of the army he served and ultimately led, and of the national and international events in which he played a vital role. Thunderbolt is a stirring portrait of the quintessential soldier and of the transformation of the U.S. Army from the horse brigades of the 1930s to the high-tech military force of more

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 35 b&w photos
  • 0253220025
  • 9780253220028
  • 681,356

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A valuable addition to the Vietnam bookshelf. * New York Times * This book is a must for anyone wishing to understand the U.S. Army of today.July 2009 * Military *show more

About Lewis Sorley

Lewis Sorley, a third-generation graduate of West Point, served in Vietnam, in NATO forces, and as a Pentagon staff officer. He has taught at West Point and the U.S. Army War College, and has written widely on military affairs and national security. He lives in Potomac, more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPrologue1. To Be a Soldier2. Preparing for War3. Entering Battle4. Relief of Bastogne5. Finishing it off6. Doctrine and Tactics7. Occupied Germany8. In Korea9. Fort Knox and the Pentagon10. Germany and Division Command11. Civil Rights Crises12. Corps Command13. Vietnam Buildup14. Deputy Commander in Vietnam15. Tet 196816. The 206,000 Troop Request17. Taking Command18. A Very Human Touch19. Vietnamization and Pacification20. Murder and the Green Berets21. Cambodian Incursion22. In the Midst of Battles23. Invasion of Laos24. Easter Offensive25. Setting the Course26. Rebuilding an Army27. Final DaysNotesSelected BibliographyOther SourcesIndexshow more

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