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Lucius D Clay: An American Life

Smith Jean Edward

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ISBN 10: 080500999X / ISBN 13: 9780805009996
Published by Henry Holt and Co., New York, 1990
Used Condition: Very Good in Good DJ Hardcover
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835 pp., lg. 8vo. Quarter-cloth in dj. Light edgewear. Spine creased; textblock edges lightly soiled. Mild shelfwear to dj w/ rubbing/scuffing to panels. Includes several b&w photographic plates. Bookseller Inventory # 151009

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Title: Lucius D Clay: An American Life

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co., New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good in Good DJ

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Chronicles the life of the distinguished statesman, covering his West Point days, his experiences in the army's Corps of Engineers, his directorship of military procurement under FDR, and his role as military governor of post-war Germany


This thoroughly researched and engaging book by college professor Jean Edward Smith opens the door to the life of Lucius D. Clay, a man referred to in some circles as a "logistical genius" and as "one of the most skillful politicians to wear the uniform of the United States Army." Smith illustrates how Clay selflessly devoted his life to public service, making him an influential and significant player in some of the most momentous events of the 20th century. As military governor from 1945 to 1949, Clay had a pivotal role in laying the foundation for the prosperous and democratic Germany of today. He also played a key role in initiating the New Deal policies of FDR as well as preparing America for the military mobilization required for World War II. In Lucius D. Clay: An American Life, Smith has compiled a wonderful and important biography, and thus offers a valuable service to any student of military and social history. --Jeremy Storey

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