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MASTERS OF THE ART OF COMMAND by Martin & James L. Stokesbury Blumenson



Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 1975
ISBN: 0306804034
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

An anthology of Army Magazine puffs of various more or less unappealing and intellectually deficient commanders. Though the Roman general Sulla is included, the emphasis is on straight-talking, quick-thinking, tough-as-hell Americans. There was World War I platoon leader Woodfill, for example, whose predilection for daredevil action got him rehired by the Army to tell and retell his exploits to recruits; Lieutenant Robert C. Kingston, known as ""the Chink-killer""; maverick Charley Stone, who commanded the National Guard during the Detroit riots; and twenty more you wouldn't want your son to emulate. Actual military science is sloughed off with short-cut judgments that Eisenhower, for example, drew criticism from the jealous. However, the ""best-loved-officer"" roll call is spiked by the inclusion of one North African major general who seems to have been hopelessly manic-depressive and managed to do everything wrong. The real fault of the book is its own disdain for the serious dimension of its subject.