Book The generals : American military command from World War II to today / Thomas E. Ricks.
Publication year: 2012.
Call Number E745 .R43 2012 ; UB200 .R53 2012
Media class: Book
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press
ISBN: 9781594204043 1594204047
Extent: 558 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
An epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq.
Prologue : Captain William DePuy and the 90th Division in Normandy, summer 1944 -- Part I. World War II. General George C. Marshall : the leader -- Dwight Eisenhower : how the Marshall system worked -- George Patton : the specialist -- Mark Clark : the man in the middle -- "Terrible Terry" Allen : conflict between Marshall and his protégés -- Eisenhower manages Montgomery -- Douglas MacArthur : the general as presidential aspirant -- William Simpson : the Marshall system and the new model American general -- Part II. The Korean War. William Dean and Douglas MacArthur : two generals self-destruct -- Army generals fail at Chosin -- O.P. Smith succeeds at Chosin -- Ridgway turns the war around -- MacArthur's last stand -- The organization man's Army -- Part III. The Vietnam War. Maxwell Taylor : architect of defeat -- William Westmoreland : the organization man in command -- William DePuy : World War II-style generalship in Vietnam -- The collapse of generalship in the 1960s : at the top - in the field - in personnel policy -- Tet '68 : the end of Westmoreland and the turning point of the war -- My Lai : General Koster's cover-up and General Peers's investigation -- Then end of a war, the end of an Army -- Part IV. Interwar. DePuy's great rebuilding -- "How to teach judgment" -- Part V. Iraq and the hidden costs of rebuilding. Colin Powell, Norman Schwarzkopf and the empty triumph of the 1991 war -- The ground war : Schwarzkopf vs. Frederick Franks -- The post-Gulf War military -- Tommy R. Franks : two-time loser -- Ricardo Sanchez : over his head -- George Casey : trying but treading water -- David Petraeus : an outlier moves in, then leaves -- Epilogue : Restoring American military leadership.