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The Generals:

American Military Command from World War II to Today

Paperback (576 pages), kindle, audiobook
A close study of America's military leaders for three decades, and the widening gulf between performance and accountability among the top brass of the US military.

The Generals:

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.

Deaths of US Generals in World War II...

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  • 07 Jun 42: Gen Clarence L Tinker lost during Midway B-24 bombing mission
  • 03 May 43: Gen Frank M Andrews killed in airplane crash in Iceland
  • 12 Jul 44: Gen Theodore Roosevelt Jr dies of a heart attack in Normandy
  • 25 Jul 44: Gen Lesley J McNair is killed in action by errant Allied bombing
  • 28 Sep 44: Gen Theodore Roosevelt Jr posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor
  • 26 Feb 45: Gens Millard Harmon and James Andersen disappear en route to Hawaii
  • 30 Mar 45: Gen Maurice Rose is killed in action in Germany
  • 18 Jun 45: Gen Simon Bolivar Buckner killed by artillery fire on Okinawa
  • 09 Dec 45: Gen George S Patton is fatally injured in a car accident in Germany
  • 21 Dec 45: Gen George S Patton dies from injuries sustained in the car accident

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