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Command Decisions Hardcover – October, 1984

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: United States Government Printing (October 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0160019125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0160019128
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,150,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By HMS Warspite TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Command Decisions" is a excellent product of the U.S. Army's Center for Military History, first published in 1960 and since periodically reprinted. It contains 23 separate chapters on civil-military decision-making at the operational and strategic levels during the Second World War. The authors were nearly all well-known historians, if of an earlier generation. While most of the studies center on American decisions, some chapters focus on the German, Japanese, and British high commands. This edition includes a nice set of fold-out maps.

Among the command decisions included in the book: The Germany First decision by the US; Japan's Decision for war with the US; the OVERLORD versus the Mediterranean Anglo-US strategy dispute; and the Allied Decision to Stop at the Elbe River in 1945. Some topics are still controversial: The Decision to Evacuate Japanese nationals from the West Coast; the Decision to Launch Operation MARKET-GARDEN ("A Bridge Too Far"); and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb on Japan in 1945.

World War II scholarship and its interpretation have progressed since 1960, but these essays stand the test of time fairly well. The respective historians had the benefit of access to archives and to participants in the decision-making processes. "Command Decisions" is very highly recommended to the general reader and the student of the Second World War.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great book; unfortunately the format of this kindle edition is useless and unreadable. Some pages are simply scanned in as pictures. We need a proper, quality electronic version of this series.
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This is a collection of essays by different authors which trace how many of the most significant decisions of World War II were made. The evolution of plans to defeat Germany first and hold Japan in check had its roots in US Army contingency planning as early as 1930. The allies plans for the invasion of North Africa, the cross channel invasion vs. a Mediterranean option, Operation Market Garden, and the use of the atomic bomb are also examined in great depth.

Enemy decisions to invade Norway, to attack Pearl Harbor, how to defend Italian territory after Italy surrendered and to counter attack in the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) are individually examined in great detail. This is a scholarly work that only military history buffs would enjoy.
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This book, published by the Center of Military History-United States Army is a collection of essays on aspects of World War II not covered eleswhere in the momumental series United Army in World War II. The essays range from issues affecting the way the entire war was fought to individual battles. This book is from the view of the United States, but the viewpoints of our Allies and our enemies are well explained. If you are interested in the Second World War, this book conatins much information not in any other book. Highest possible recommendation
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By A Customer on September 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is on the HQDA Recommended Reading list! Enjoy!
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