Army Historical Foundation's 2010 distinguished book of the year in Institutional and Functional History.
"I was intrigued and persuaded by his basic conclusion: Senior American commanders were much more competent in World War II than in World War I, he says, especially in the difficult art of coordinating the combat arms (infantry, artillery, armor, aviation.)" Tom Ricks, February 1, 2012 in The Best Defense Blog, Foreign Policy on-line magazine
"In his meticulously researched and highly readable account, Schifferle reveals how the Leavenworth Schools played a key role in producing the officers who fought and won World War II." Carlo D'Este, Kansas History, Autumn 2010
"This excellent, well-written study will be valuable for historians and educators and certainly to today's generation of student officers and instructors." Peter S. Kindsvater, Journal of American History, March 2011
"Schifferle has done an extensive study of officer education.... The result is a well-reasoned, balanced study that is also a pleasure to read. Military professoinals, historians and policymakers will find it a helpful guide to a historic, successful officer education process." Lester W. Grau, Military Review, July-August 2010.
"A superbly documented and well-written study. Anyone associated with military education should have this book in their library." --Parameters
In his engaging and important installment... Peter Schifferle considers how the US Army's professional education system shaped the concepts, doctrine, and habits of mind of its officer corps and ensured success on the battlefields of 1941-45.... His analysis throughout is balanced, impartial and grounded in scrupulous research. -- Patrick Rose, Michigan War Studies Review, 19 January 2012.
From the Back Cover
"A concise, focused, extensively researched and nicely balanced study of the Leavenworth schools--the institutional, intellectual, and professional heart of the U.S. army from World War I to World War II--and their impact on a generation of officers."--Timothy K. Nenninger, author of The Leavenworth Schools and the Old Army: Education, Professionalism, and the Officer Corps of the U.S. Army, 1881-1918
"A brilliant examination of the influence of the Leavenworth schools on the conduct of American forces in World War II. Our current senior military leadership should consult this book as it considers the changes in military education needed to confront the challenges of the twenty-first century."--Peter R. Mansoor, author of The GI Offensive in Europe: The Triumph of American Infantry Divisions