The World's Work Volume 34

The World's Work Volume 34

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...of the American arms among the trained veterans of France and Great Britain, and he chose the man who had not failed him in Mexico--John Joseph Pershing. Except in the Senate chamber during the fight raised in 1906 against Pershing's confirmation, no full defense has been made against the accusation that politics brought about his great promotion; yet a complete defense exists in the official documents of the United States, and this defense is strangely interwoven with the tragic romance of the man's life. But first, let us get a picture of his earlier career. He was born in a home of poverty in Finn County, Missouri, September 13, i860. Even as a boy he was forced by necessity to work each year well into the winter, so that his months of schooling were brief. His ambition for education surmounted these difficulties, and he managed to take the course at the Normal School at Kirksville, at the same time teaching school to support himself. He had intended to study law, an ambition which he was able to gratify some years later when stationed at the University of Nebraska as its professor of military science. Three weeks after receiving his diploma from the Normal School he heard of a competitive examination for West Point to be conducted at his old home. He won this examination by a single point. He was graduated from the Military Academy in 1886. When he took this course Pershing had no serious intention to make the Army his career. His mother was opposed to such service on his part. Pershing went to West Point for its educational advantages. He carried away from the Academy, and has always retained, an intense admiration for it. "Blackjack" Pershing was his plebe nickname. Until his mother's death Pershing treated her with more

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  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 562g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236792211
  • 9781236792211