- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Caliber; Reprint edition (May 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451223926
- ISBN-13: 978-0451223920
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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15 Stars: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall: Three Generals Who Saved the American Century Paperback – May 6, 2008
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Weintraub, who has written many World War II histories, here inspects the interrelationship of the U.S. Army's three highest-ranking generals of that war: Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall, and Dwight Eisenhower. Ike's story bounces between those of the other two, for he served directly under them before Marshall selected him in mid-1942 to command American forces in Europe. MacArthur, by then already a military celebrity, was commander in the Southwest Pacific; Marshall managed the two from the newly built Pentagon. This geography makes Weintraub's narrative resemble a Venn diagram, existing at the intersections of the three generals' activities during the war. These took various forms, including visits from Marshall; messages about strategy and allocation of resources; and Marshall's disposition of personnel decisions that Ike or MacArthur referred to him. After the war, as the three assumed posts in the developing cold war, each took on an aura of presidential possibility. Culminating with the Korean War's ramifications for the trio, Weintraub's densely detailed chronicle can prime readers for future reading, whether individual biographies or battle histories. Taylor, Gilbert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
a[An] object lesson in how even the most iron-willed president must always have strong, independent-minded commanders and, no less important, be willing to listen intently to them.a
a"New York Times Book Review"
a[A] stormy tale.a
a"Washington Post Book World"
aAn interesting portrait of Americaas most prominent modern generals.a
a"Desert Morning News" (Salt Lake City, UT)
aIn "15 Stars," Weintraub hooks the reader earlya] One can clearly see Weintraubas penchant for finding greatness and hope wrapped within the darkness of war.a
a"News Journal" (Wilmington, DE)
aA well-researched book that thoroughly examines the lives of three American military icons.a
?[An] object lesson in how even the most iron-willed president must always have strong, independent-minded commanders and, no less important, be willing to listen intently to them.?
?"New York Times Book Review"
?[A] stormy tale.?
?"Washington Post Book World"
?An interesting portrait of America's most prominent modern generals.?
?"Desert Morning News" (Salt Lake City, UT)
?In "15 Stars", Weintraub hooks the reader early? One can clearly see Weintraub's penchant for finding greatness and hope wrapped within the darkness of war.?
?"News Journal" (Wilmington, DE)
?A well-researched book that thoroughly examines the lives of three American military icons.?
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Despite its flaws "15 Stars" really shines in a few areas. One comes to appreciate the tireless and thankless work of George C. Marshall, as he struggled to organize the American military establishment and coordinate strategy with an antagonistic British ally. MacArthur is shown as the egotist that he was, yet still Weintraub manages to convey his brilliant leadership that won the hearts of his men and the respect of a grateful nation. Eisenhower's personal life, such as his relationship with Kay Summersby are front and center, as is his often stumbling presidency. Nevertheless Ike is shown as a meticulous and intelligent military man whose daring and determination added greatly to the Allied cause against Hitler.
This is an interesting and informative book about three men whose contributions to their nation stand unparalleled in history. Recommended for anyone who has a greater desire to understand the American personalities who fought World War II from the top.