By Jim Lacey

ISBN-10: 0230603831

ISBN-13: 9780230603837

ISBN-10: 0230612709

ISBN-13: 9780230612709

This persuasive biography sheds gentle at the nation's first smooth wrestle commander who set the normal for trendy four-star officials. even though the U.S. entered WWI with inadquate forces, in exactly over a yr Pershing had equipped and hurled a a million guy military opposed to 40 battle-hardened German divisions, protecting the hellish Meuse-Argonne and turning the tide of the warfare. With concentration and readability, Lacey lines the improvement of Pershing from Indian fighter, to warrior opposed to the Philippines insurgency, to successful commander in WWI.

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While in Washington, the commandant of cadets at West Point asked him to serve as a tactical officer. Pershing, having turned down several requests in the past to take the same assignment, in favor of staying with troops, saw the offer as a chance to escape Washington and desk duty, reversed himself, and accepted. It turned out to be the biggest mistake of his professional life— and thankfully short-lived. Upon arriving at West Point in 1897, Pershing lost no time making himself possibly the most hated tactical officer in academy history.

At one of these meetings, Pershing gave Dawes an assessment of his prospects. After over a decade in the army he was still only a lieutenant, and his income was meager. As Pershing saw it, at best he could hope to retire as a major in another couple of decades. Moreover, he was not elated about the prospect of ending his days with few recognized achievements and living close to penury. He asked Dawes if he would consider forming a law partnership. Dawes said no. “Better lawyers than either you or I can ever hope to be are starving in Nebraska,” he warned.

Have lost my heart to Capt. ” 50 PERSHING For his part, Pershing was just as love struck. ” Then he proceeded to ask his friend what he thought on the big issues. Should an old man like him consider being with such a young girl? Could a captain afford to support a lady who grew up rich? Would she be the kind of woman that could put up with army life? What his friend thought was that Pershing should leave him alone, “John, maybe you’re in love and can do without sleep. ”1 They may have told close personal friends they were in love, but it was many months before they got around to telling each other.

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