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General Maxwell Taylor: The Sword and the Pen. Foreword by Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.


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ISBN 10: 0385243812 / ISBN 13: 9780385243810
Published by Doubleday, New York, 1989
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Small 4to. Blue cloth spine and blue paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. xvii, 457pp. Illustrations. Fine/fine. A tight and pristine first edition of this biography of the American army general (1901-87) who influenced American military strategy from World War Two through the Vietnam War and served as chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1962 to 1964, written by the subject's son. Tipped to the front flyleaf is a handsome decorative-edged archival bookplate signed boldly in black fineline by the author. Bookseller Inventory # 39469

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Title: General Maxwell Taylor: The Sword and the ...

Publisher: Doubleday, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The most prominent soldier since MacArthur, General Maxwell Taylor (1901-1987) enjoyed a controversial and varied career that placed him at the center of the most important events of recent times. Jack Taylor's incisive biography provides an intriguing sketch of modern history as lived by his father. As a junior officer, General Taylor traveled extensively in China with colonel "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell. In addition to leading the 101st Airborne Division in the Normandy invasion during WWII, Taylor risked his life on a clandestine mission to arrange the armistice with Italian Prime Minister Pietro Badaglio. One of the original three "Wise Men", Taylor served a tumultuous term as Army Chief of Staff under Eisenhower, but his sharp disagreements with official policy forced him to resign to write THE UNCERTAIN TRUMPET, on of the most influential books on military strategy. Impressed with Taylor, outspokenness and dedication, President John F. Kennedy appointed him special military advisor during the Bay of Pigs operation. Taylor went on to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Johnson after he played a crucial advisory role in the Cuban missile crisis. Taylor's most controversial role, however, was as ambassador to Saigon during the mid-sixties. While antiwar protesters marched and chanted against him, Taylor remained firm in his belief that strategically the United States had to bomb North Vietnam "to change a losing game". Personal, yet forthright, GENERAL MAXWELL TAYLOR is a brilliant appraisal, written with the intimacy of a son, the clarity of a seasoned author, and the objectivity of a historian.

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Taylor, a retired government official and author of two other successful biographies, offers a study of his famous father that is no mere exercise in filial piety. The younger Taylor brings sound critical sensitivity to bear in depicting a man who successfully embodied the qualities his country has traditionally demanded of its professional soldiers. Maxwell Taylor rose to fame as a paratrooper during World War II. Later he was superintendent of West Point, commander of the 8th Army in Korea, and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. Taylor was a man able to view a situation from all angles, then reach and implement a decision unhampered by second thoughts. This mind-set made him a valuable part of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Its limits became plain during the Vietnam War, when Taylor's advocacy of staying the course took too little account of changing realities. Recommended.-- Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs correction: Diane Tong's Gypsy Folktales, reviewed in LJ 4/15/89, costs $19.95, not $21.95, as the review stated.
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