The General & His Daughter: The Wartime Letters of General James M. Gavin to his Daughter Barbara 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Barbara Gavin Fauntleroy is the mother of three children, Barbara, Steven, and Jim. She lives with her husband in Ridgefield, Connecticut. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Captures that day-to-day realities of combat in Europe and presents Gen. Gavin's immediate, personal reactions to the war he helped win., ―New Canaan Advertiser

General Jim Gavin was one of the foremost combat commanders of World War II. He was also the father of a young girl who was only nine years old when he left home, and he worked hard to stay connected to her through these letters. They are touching and highly personal, even as they give us a remarkable view of some of the century's most momentous events. Writing from foxholes and airplanes, muddy tents and castles, he was a teacher, historian, stategist and loving father. In this volume―a gift for historians and general readers―Barbara GAvin Fauntleroy is an articulate and sensitive guide to the personal life of a great warrior who also happened to be her Dad.---―Ed Ruggero, author of Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assault into Fortress Europe, July 1943; The First Men In; U.S. Paratroopers and the Fight to Save D-Day

“A magnificent book that for the first time
reveals the true character of a man who
has become a legendary figure in Airborne
circles. He set the standard for future Airborne
commanders to follow.”

---―James Megellas, author of All the Way to Berlin

The General and His Daughter: The War-Time Letters of General James Gavin to His Daughter Barbara (Mar., $27.95) by Barbara Gavin Fauntleroy and Starlyn Jorgensen, edited by Gayle Wurst, portrays the 82nd Airborne Division, the first to fight in WWII., ―Publishers Weekly

The General and His Daughter reveals the true personality and provides enormous insight into the incredible courage, integrity and selfless service of Jim Gavin. This personal World War II account of the road from North Africa to Berlin is a fascinating story of a combat leader, whose character and commitment are the standard by which airborne leaders will be measured for generations to come.---―James H. Johnson, Jr., Lieutenant General, US Army, retired

These letters by a legendary World War II warrior general provide an incredible display of devotion, fatherly concern and above all love for his young daughter. Given the multitude of challenges he faced on a daily basis, first as a regimental and then a division commander, deeply involved in some of the most intense combat of World War II, it's amazing that he found time to write them. The letters also provide an insight into a side of Jim Gavin very few people ever saw. Fascinating reading.---―James J. Lindsay, Former Commander 82nd Airborne, XVIII Abn Corps and US Special Operations Command

“Provides a unique insight into the personal life of one of America’s greatest military
commanders. . . . Barbara’s narrative, which contains a great deal of little-known information
about the general’s early life and military career, is fascinating.”

---―Phil Nordyke, author of All American All the Way: The Combat History of the 82nd ABD in World War II --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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