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Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott Paperback – March 15, 1999
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I also agree with one of the previous reviewers that the lack of discussion of Scott's tactics and the mindset behind these tactics was a great disappointment. I picked up this book thinking it would delve into Scott's masterful use of tactics and was left disappointed.
This book is a good read for an overall review of the antebellum era and the events that shaped the country prior to the Civil War, but it lacks the depth of inquiry I was hoping to find in regards to General Scott.
But there is no decent biography of this great historic figure. And AGENT OF DESTINY falls far short of the mark.
Sure, it is meticulously researched. In fact, it is more researched than written. Eisenhower wrote SO FAR FROM GOD about the Mexican War; AGENT OF DESTINY seems to be an expansion of that research project.
The presentation is very episodic. They read like they were all written separately, and no real cohesive thread runs through the book.
There is just no real sense of proportion. A Scott court martial is covered in little more than a page, with the juicy details buried in footnotes, and then it goes on forever with the intriguing and fueding for positions.
And a critism that applies to much modern military history -- there are way too few maps.
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Although, as a military officer and, thus, a student of history, I knew of Winfield Scott, I never knew him as anything other than as the author of the Anaconda Plan and as being a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by tlytlebooks
Good read about a pretty much forgotten historical figure. John Eisenhower books seem to always have a level headed approach towards historical figures and events.Published on February 7, 2014 by Naco
John S. D. Eisenhower, son of President Eisenhower, has proven himself to be an extraordinary military historian with a subject range from the Mexican War to World War II. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by jbw29NC
General Winfield Scott concluded his military career as the commanding officer of the Union forces during the early part of the Civil War. Read morePublished on January 2, 2009 by Steven Peterson
Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott by John S. D. Eisenhower is, while a bit misnamed, an excellent introduction to both the history and culture of the... Read morePublished on April 23, 2007 by C. Davis
I must say that Eisenhower's biography of "Old Fuss and Feathers" was truely incredible. I absolutely loved this biography so much that I read it in about 2 days. Read morePublished on September 14, 2005 by B. O'Neill
This is an excellent introduction to one of the United State's greatest military leaders. It is not an exhaustive account but it never claims to be one. Read morePublished on June 15, 2005 by ranger11_99
General Winfield Scott's life is very much worth knowing about. Serving 14 Presidents, 13 as a general officer, he executed the military policies of his Nation in its very earliest... Read morePublished on December 13, 2003 by Michael E. Fitzgerald