A GENERAL'S LIFE An Autobiography by General of the Army...

Author: Bradley (Omar N.) & Blair (Clay)
Year: 1983
Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson
Edition Details: 1st UK Edn.
Book Condition: F/NrF
ISBN: 9780283990199
Price: 10.00
Hardback. An extraordinary autobiography, vivid and compelling, a sweeping and vital slice of American history. General Bradley was sent to serve with General Dwight Eisenhower in North Africa early in World War II, where he proved himself a skilled battlefield general, and in Sicily. He was chosen to lead American troops in the D-Day invasion of France. He eventually commanded four field armies (1.3 million men) in Europe, the largest American fighting force in history. His victorious campaign in Europe earned General Bradley an esteemed place in American history. What distinguishes this autobiography is not only the enthralling narrative of these events but General Bradley's total candour in evaluating his wartime colleagues. He rates Eisenhower an able diplomat but a poor battlefield manager; he assesses George Patton as a leader with so many grave personal faults that Patton was only reluctantly chosen to participate in the invasion of France; and depicts Montgomery as an overrated general whose style of warfare was already outmoded and whose megalomania made him nearly impossible to work with. The General's post-World War II career is less well known but no less important. As head of the Veterans Administration, he managed the enormous task of coping with 15 million new veterans, completely transforming the VA in the process. He became Chief of Staff of the Army during the acrimonious debate over unification of the armed forces and then became the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Chairman of the JCS Bradley was a principal military adviser to President Truman during the Korean War, and he candidly discusses the flawed strategy of that war. He gives a frank description of General MacArthur's performance in Korea, commenting freely on the notorious Truman-MacArthur controversy, in which Bradley was intimately involved. With Map eps, Illus., Sources, Notes and Index. 752pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. F. in Nr. F. dw. A heavy book which will require additional postage, particularly if shipped overseas.


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