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Pershing: Commander of the Great War

Pershing: Commander of the Great War

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Pershing: Commander of the Great War

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240 pagine
57 ore
Pubblicato:
Oct 10, 2011
ISBN:
9781595554116
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Attentive to the last detail, rigid in his expectations of drill and execution, and fiercely protective of every man he commanded, General John J. Pershing helped shape the 20th century by leading American troops in a war that saved Europe. Alienating some and inspiring others, Pershing recognized the challenges of modern warfare and embraced them as life's mission. More than 60 years after his death, he personifies the image of an American general.  
Army service in the Philippines and Mexico and alongside Teddy Roosevelt in Cuba served as a critical training ground for Pershing. When President Roosevelt promoted him to general in 1906, Pershing had been one of the army's oldest captains. Now, as one of its youngest generals, that training would be put to test in the coming Great War.  
Author John Perry unveils a general somewhat neglected by history, a mystifying fact considering that at one time more than a million soldiers followed him into battle. When France and England yearned for much-needed support against a German juggernaut, Pershing established an aggressive strategy that incorporated overwhelming numbers and comprehensive engagement, a strategy that made all the difference. Not only were there honor and order in his methods, there was victory. A legend in his own time, Pershing became the first man to be appointed General of the Armies.
Pubblicato:
Oct 10, 2011
ISBN:
9781595554116
Formato:
Libro

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John Perry graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University, with additional studies at University College, Oxford, England. Before beginning his career as an author in 1997, he was an award-winning advertising copywriter and radio producer. John has published 21 books as an author, collaborator, or ghostwriter. He is the biographer of Sgt. Alvin York, Mary Custis Lee (wife of Robert E. Lee and great granddaughter of Martha Washington), and George Washington Carver. Among other books, he has also written about the 1925 Scopes “monkey” trial (Monkey Business, with Marvin Olasky, B&H Publishing, 2005) and contemporary prison reform (God Behind Bars, Thomas Nelson, 2006). He is a two-time Gold Medallion finalist and Lincoln Prize nominee. He lives in Nashville.

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    Pershing was a master of detail and organization. He held his ground with the British and French to fight as a single force under the United States banner and not to amalgimate the forces. A good read.
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    PERSHING COMMANDER OF THE GREAT WAR AUTHOR: John Perry Publisher: Thomas Nelson 2011 The role of a biographer is to recount the life of their subject as objectively and accurately as possible. Mr. Perry acknowledges that while he knew little about Pershing prior to writing this book, his research led him to discover that Pershing was a remarkable man who was multi- dimensional. Mr Perry carefully presents aspects of Pershing's amazing skills as a military genius as well his personal characteristics. He was a fun loving and passionate man whose loyalty to family was boundless. Pershing's early aspiration was to become a lawyer. Life circumstances took him to West Point where he learned that "Duty and discipline were the only standard". Rules and decorum were to be adhered to always. His strong belief in these tenets and his respect of other cultures served him well during his entire career. Perry writes that Pershing was a compassionate man and one who prefered negotiating-fighting to be a last resort. His career included serving in the cavalry out West. During the Spanish American War he commanded a unit of Buffalo Soldiers who distinguished themselves at the battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba. After the war conclued, he served in the Philippines where his accomplishments with the Moros tribes are legendary and these same accomplishments led him to serve as the commander of US troops in Mexico who were to hunt down Pancho Villa. His leadership skills and experience destined him to be commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in the Great War which was, perhaps, his greatest professional challenge.Mr. Perry skillfully chronicled Pershing's life-both personally and professionally thereby giving the reader a clearer understanding of this extraordinary man who lived during extraordinary times.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”