Pershing (Great General Series)

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When the U.S. first entered into WWI, they did so with inadequate forces. In just over a year, Pershing built an army that turned the tide of the war. Lacey traces Pershings development from Indian fighter to victorious commander.

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Jim Lacey is an analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, DC, and a professor of conflict and global issues at Johns Hopkins University. He was a journalist with Time magazine during the invasion of Iraq, where he traveled with the 101st Airborne Division. He is the author of Takedown, Fresh from the Fight, and the forthcoming Occupation of Iraq.

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"Lacey's contribution to the Great Generals series substantially redresses the balance in Pershing's favor by focusing on his acheivements." -- Booklist “Jim Lacey’s very readable biography of General Pershing is an excellent reminder of his role in swiftly transforming the United States Army into a major fighting force in 1917 – 1918, and also of his great importance in selecting the men who would command American forces in World War Two.  It is a first-rate life of a great American General who is all too often overlooked or underestimated today.” -- Michael Korda, author of Ulysses S. Grant and Ike

"Well researched, well presented, and well reasoned, this slim volume makes a convincing case for Pershing as the key figure in the AEF’s contribution to  Allied victory in the Great War. Pershing’s government gave him two million men in uniform. His tireless work, detailed preparation, and situational awareness molded them into a war-winning army. He might not have been a great captain–but John J Pershing was a first-class general." -- Dennis Showalter, author of Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century

"Jim Lacey has provided a wonderful study of Pershing and his generalship that is well researched, but even more important brings a real understanding of the art of leadership to the subject." -- Williamson Murray, author of A War To be Won

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