An analysis of the integral role of General William Westmoreland in the Vietnam War traces his prestigious background and rise to the head of the war effort, contending that his failures to understand regional complexities and his loyalty to a flawed strategy were directly responsible for the war's outcome. 35,000 first printing.
Canto General is de wereldberoemde, meer dan vijftienduizend regels tellende poëtisch kroniek van Latijns-Amerika. Op de vlucht voor het regime van González Videla herschiep Pablo Neruda de gehele geschiedenis van het continent: van het stokoude verleden van de indianen tot en met de bevrijding van het koloniale juk. Reportage, profetie, aanklacht en protest wisselen elkaar af in bijna 350 gedichten. Bart Vonck (dichter, criticus, poëzievertaler) vertaalde Canto General helemaal opnieuw: uitbundig, hartstochtelijk, opstandig, heroïsch en vonkend als het legendarische origineel. `Deze poëzie heeft me gepakt, niet alleen door haar veelvormigheid, ze is zo onvoorstelbaar divers dat het lijkt of een hele school dichters, ieder met eigen poëtica, aan de slag is gegaan, maar ook door de bandbreedte van de onderwerpen. [ ] Neruda is een der allergrootste dichters van de twintigste eeuw. Geert van Istendael
Reuben F. Bernard (1834-1903) had one of the most remarkable military careers of the nineteenth century, serving three years in the American Civil War between stints against Indian forces in the West. He claimed to have fought in more engagements than any other officer of his day, including campaigns against the Apache, Modoc, and Paiute. Don Russell (1899-1986), a journalist and Western historian, breathes life into Bernard's story, drawing from the general's official and personal correspondence, his diary, and the recollections of retired Indian Wars officers who served with Bernard.
General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr., USAF, fought in three American wars and became the first African American to attain the rank of four-star general in the United States Armed Forces. He was a talented military leader, an excellent orator and an advocate for equal rights for blacks in the military. James was once one of the most powerful men in the world, and today he is often classed with such great American generals as Patton, MacArthur and Pershing. This biography explores James's life and assesses his place in American military history. From his childhood through his role and service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, the book traces his personal and career development, his influences, and his climb through the military ranks. Photographs of James are included as well as detailed bibliographical information at the end of each chapter.
Prior to his service in the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant exhibited few characteristics indicating that he would be an extraordinary leader. His performance as a cadet was mediocre, and he finished in the bottom half of his class at West Point. However, during his early service in the Civil War, most notably at the battles of Shiloh and Vicksburg, Grant proved that he possessed an uncommon drive. When it was most crucial, Grant demonstrated his integrity, determination, and tactical skill by taking control of the Union troops and leading his forces to victory. A General Who Will Fight is a detailed study of leadership that explores Grant's rise from undisciplined cadet to commanding general of the United States Army. Some experts have attributed Grant's success to superior manpower and technology, to the help he received from other Union armies, or even to a ruthless willingness to sacrifice his own men. Harry S. Laver, however, refutes these arguments and reveals that the only viable explanation for Grant's success lies in his leadership skill, professional competence, and unshakable resolve. Much more than a book on military strat-egy, this innovative volume examines the decision-making process that enabled Grant both to excel as an unquestioned commander and to win.