The Generals

American Military Command from World War II to Today

By Thomas E. Ricks
Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143124092, 576pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

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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.

About the Author
Thomas E. Ricks is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003-05", which was a #1 "New York Times" bestseller.
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