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Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine
by Robert Coram. 384 pages (November 10, 2010) Little, Brown and Company. Lt. Gen Victor Krulak is not as well known as some Marine officers, but he had a profound influence on the evolution of the 20th century Marines, their tactics, amphibious vehicles, use of air assets, and much more. Although his views were not always the ones adopted, from the pre-WW II period through the Vietnam War, Krulak was pushing the Corps in the right direction for the challenges of the times while defending it from the Army's interservice attempts to neuter it. A complex and controversial man, Gen. Krulak stood up for his beliefs and made a difference.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand. 496 pages (November 16, 2010) Random House. Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend
, writes in Unbroken the life of Louie Zamperini, now in his 90s. His story has so many unbelievable facets that it's hard to know where to start. As a young Italian-American from Torrance, CA, he competed in the 1936 Olympics, met Hitler and stole a Nazi flag as a memento. During WW II he joined the Air Corps, endured combat missions, then was shot down over the Pacific. What followed was unimaginable hardships in a life raft and later harsh, relentless brutality in a Japanese prison camp where he was singled out in an attempt to crush his spirit. Liberated at war's end in 1945, Louie suffered for years from his treatment as a POW, finally emerging intact after a religious conversion. His story will amaze you and, if you have not previously been exposed to the grim realities of the Pacific Theater, will shock.
Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior
by Gen. Hugh Shelton. 576 pages (October 12, 2010) St. Martin's Press. North-Carolina-native Gen. Shelton served both Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the culmination of a 38 year career in the U.S. Army. As a young ROTC officer in Vietnam, he was commander of a Green Beret unit and then an airborne infantry company. A specialist in airborne operations and special ops, he quickly rose in rank and, in the Persian Gulf War, was assistant division commander of the 101st Airborne Division. Following the Gulf War, Shelton commanded the 82nd Airborne Division followed by, in 1993, command of XVIII Airborne Corps. Shelton led the Joint Task Force of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti in 1994. In 1996, Shelton was promoted to the position of Commander in Chief of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with the rank of General. Pres. Clinton appointed him Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 1 Oct 1997. In this book, Shelton reviews his career and lifts the curtain on decision making about military matters as he navigated the gap between the Pentagon and civilians in the White House.
The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army
by Greg Jaffe and David Cloud. 336 pages (October 13, 2009) Crown. This book by correspondents Cloud (New York Times) and Jaffe (The Washington Post) examines the careers of four distinguished officers (John Abizaid, George Casey Jr., Peter Chiarelli and David Petraeus) who joined the U.S. Army as second lieutenants after Vietnam and rose to four star rank at the time of the Iraq War. Through the experiences of the four officers, the authors provide insight into the inner workings of the Army was they succeeded and rose in the officer ranks. The major focus is the transformation of the U.S. military from the Cold War footing and mentality to the counterinsurgency strategy required for the wars in Southwest Asia.
LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay
by Warren Kozak. 354 pages (May 11, 2009) Regnery Publishing. Cigar chomping Gen. Curtis LeMay is an iconic figure, representing at once pragmatic and essential military leadership and, to his critics, an out-of-control military maniac who endangers us all. He has been pilloried for his very public errors in judgement, but less often praised for his steady hand in leading the strategic bombing campaigns of WW II and the post-war creation of the vital deterrent of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). This balanced book brings the full measure of the man as an outstanding, if flawed, patriot.
Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life
by Carlo D'Este. Hardcover: 848 pages (June 2002) Published by Henry Holt & Company, Inc. This massive new biograpy of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower is the latest extensively researched book by Carlo
D'Este, the biographer of Patton and author of other fine books on World
War II. He covers Ike's boyhood development, his accidental place inWest
Point's Class of 1915, and his marriage to Mamie Dowd at the beginning
of his Army career. Even though he showed promise in almost everything
he did and was early marked for future high rank, Ike's interwar years
in the Army were like slow motion and the book plods you through it all..
Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life is not only Ike's biography, but
also a biography of the U.S. Army as it first clung to its traditional
ways and then, under George Marshall at the eve of World War II, was
forced to confront mobilization for global war against the far greater
initial strength and experience of the Japanese and Germans. The bulk
of the book concentrates on the period from 1939-1945 as Eisenhower
leaped to the foreground and assumed leadership in first planning, then
commanding the greatest military crusade of all time. There is plentiful
detail of Ike's personal role, state of mind, struggles, and interactions
with other commanders and the politicians, not overlooking the complete
story of his relationship with Kay Summersby.
by Tommy Franks. 590 pages. (July 2004) The Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command from July 2000 through July 2003, General Tommy Franks made history by leading American and Coalition forces to victory in Afghanistan and Iraq. General Franks retraces his journey from a small-town boyhood in Oklahoma and Midland, Texas, through a lifetime of military service -- including his heroic tour as an Artillery officer in Vietnam, where he was wounded three times.
by Lt. Col. Anthony B Herbert. 498 pages. (1973) Vietnam battalion commander Lt. Col. Anthony Herbert, with multiple wounds and many medals as a veteran of the Korean War, was one of the most controversial figures of the Vietnam War. He ran a tough outfit with discipline and control, and was respected by his men for getting out in the grass with them. However, Herbert clashed with Army brass over incidents of possible war crimes that the Army would rather whitewash. As a result, Herbert's own reports were questioned and the Army went after him. Although his reports were ultimately validated, he retired early. This book is an engrossing account of his whole career including details of combat as well as Army internal fighting. See also Herbert: The Making of a Soldier
his 1982 account of his 13 months in Korea.
Fighting Wars, Planning For Peace: The Story Of George C. Marshall
by Lee Gimpel. 176 pages. (July 2005) In many respects, the position of the United States in the second half of the 20th Century was the work of George C. Marshall. Though he shunned publicity and self-promotion, seeking instead to do his job quietly and well, he was twice selected as Time magazine's Man of the Year, stood at the top of the U.S. Army, and won a Nobel Peace Prize for the Marshall Plan. His careful command in World War II, including the rise of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, his protege, made Marshall a leading force in transforming the United States into the reigning world power. Marshall served as Secretary of State during the Berlin airlift and then served as Secretary of Defense during the Korean War. (For young readers.)
Patton: A Genius for War
by Carlo D'Este. 1024 pages. (November 1996) A full-fledged portrait of George Patton (1885-1945), an extraordinary American, that reveals the complex and contradictory personality that lay behind the swashbuckling and brash facade. According to Publishers Weekly, the result is "a major biography of a major American military figure." Perhaps the most renowned and controversial American general of the 20th century, Patton remains a subject of intense interest. The author provides new information from family archives and other sources about Patton's ancestry, childhood and pre-WWII military career.
Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty
by Peter Collier, Nick Del Calzo. 272 pages. (October 2003) This group portrait of most of the living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor has an entry for each recipient, including a photo portrait at the time of the award, a summary of the medal-winning action and sometimes the later career. The variety of actions documented will impress even fairly seasoned students of military history, as will the 250 duotone portraits.