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Lemnitzer: A Soldier for His Time

Binder, L. James; Binder. L. James

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ISBN 10: 1574881078 / ISBN 13: 9781574881073
Edité par Potomac Books Inc, Herndon, Virginia, U.S.A., 1997
Etat : Fine Couverture rigide
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386pp/illus. The first biography of the Army general who, after achieving greatness in the very highest posts in his own service, went on to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He then, despite being unfairly blamed for the debacle at the Bay of Pigs, went on to serve brilliantly as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, during one of the Cold War's most potentially explosive periods. Clean. N° de réf. du libraire 006139

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Titre : Lemnitzer: A Soldier for His Time

Éditeur : Potomac Books Inc, Herndon, Virginia, U.S.A.

Date d'édition : 1997

Reliure : Hard Cover

Etat du livre :Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Fine

Edition : 1st Printing

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This is the first biography of the Army general who, after achieving greatness in the very highest posts in his own service, went on to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, during one of the Cold War's most potentially explosive periods. A quiet, unassuming young man from a small Pennsylvania manufacturing town, Lemnitzer endured serving as a low-ranking lieutenant for fifteen years in some of the U.S. Army's most obscure posts. Yet eight years after finally becoming a captain, he was a general, the principal planner of the invasion of North Africa, and deputy chief of staff of the 15th Army Group in Italy. Never lacking for physical courage, he led, with Mark Clark, one of World War II's most celebrated cloak-and-dagger missions, a dangerous submarine trip behind German lines in North Africa. Later, disguised as a civilian, he slipped into France and Switzerland to help negotiate the surrender of a million German troops fighting in Italy. During the Korean War, Lemnitzer commanded the 7th Infantry Division and subsequently was commander in chief of the Far East Command. Toward the end of his distinguished career, he was at the peak of his profession - Army chief of staff and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Eisenhower and then Kennedy. He gracefully overcame being unfairly blamed for the debacle at the Bay of Pigs to serve brilliantly as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.

From Publishers Weekly:

On the 25th anniversary of the end of WWII, the U.S. Army planned a film series of famous generals, which was conceived to inspire military personnel "through the patriotic example set by great men." Included in the series was General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer. Though little known to the public, Lemnitzer had 51 years of Army duty, 27 of them as a general. He did not hold a top command in either WWII or the Korean War. He did, however, wield enormous influence on American military policy, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, supreme Allied commander in Europe, vice chief and then chief of staff of the Army, and commander-in-chief in the Far East. Binder, former longtime editor-in-chief of Army magazine, offers a straightforward, heavily researched, fact-filled account of Lemnitzer's career from his early days as a West Point cadet to his death in November 1988. Lemnitzer was a superb planner, not a warrior, Binder shows, although he displayed exceptional courage and bravery when, as described in the most exciting bit of the book, he took a secret submarine trip to a seaside villa to help plan the Allied invasion of North Africa during WWII. Binder's writing is clean but not inspired, although he does provide enough detail on both political and military machinations to capture the reader's interest. In so doing, he fills out a book that is less a full-scale biography than a knowledgeable intelligence report of events that Lemnitzer was involved with during his distinguished life.

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