The Generals: American Military Command From World War II To Today


Prologue: Capt. William Depuy and the 90th Division in Normandy, summer 1944

Part I: World War II

Chapter 1: George C. Marshall: The Leader

Marshall and the Great War

Marshall's List

Marshall and President Roosevelt

Marshall Prepares for War

Chapter 2: Dwight Eisenhower: How The Marshall System Worked

Marshall and Ike Mature

Chapter 3: George Patton: The Specialist

Chapter 4: Mark Clark: The Man In The Middle

Chapter 5: "Terrible Terry" Allen: Conflict Between Marshall and His Protégés

Chapter 6: Eisenhower Manages Montgomery

Chapter 7: Douglas MacArthur: The General As Presidential Aspirant

MacArthur The Presidential Candidate

Chapter 8: William Simpson: The Marshall System and the New Model American General

The Effectiveness of the Marshall System

The Politics of the Marshall System

The Legacy of the Marshall System

Part II: The Korean War

Chapter 9: William Dean and Douglas MacArthur: Two Generals Self-Destruct

The Destruction of General Dean

MacArthur's Downfall

Chapter 10: Army Generals Fail at Chosin

Chapter 11: O.P. Smith Succeeds at Chosin

Why The Difference in Leadership

Chapter 12: Ridgway Turns The War Around

Ridgway's Reliefs

Chapter 13: MacArthur's Last Stand

Chapter 14: The Organization Man's Army

The post-Korean War Army's Search For A Mission

Part III: The Vietnam War

Chapter 15: Maxwell Taylor: Architect of Defeat

Chapter 16: William Westmoreland: The Organization Man In Command

Chapter 17: William DePuy: World War II Style Generalship in Vietnam

Chapter 18: The Collapse of Generalship in the 1960s

A. At The Top

B. In The Field

The Marine Road Not Taken

C. In Personnel Policy

Combat Ineffectiveness

Chapter 19: Tet '68: The End of Westmoreland and the Turning Point of the War

Coda: The Hue Massacre

Chapter 20: My Lai: General Koster's Cover Up and General Peers's Investigation

A Stunning Army Study of Army Officers

Chapter 21: The End of a War, The End of an Army

Abrams Takes Command

Massacre at Firebase Mary Ann

The End of an Army

Part IV: Interwar

Chapter 22: DePuy's Great Rebuilding

Chapter 23: "How To Teach Judgement"

The Recovery Falls Short

Coda: The End of DePuy

Part V: Iraq and the Hidden Costs of Rebuilding

Chapter 24: Colin Powell, Norman Schwarzkopf and the empty triumph of the 1991 War

Going Along To Get Along

The Empty Triumph of the 1991 Gulf War

Chapter 25: The Ground War: Schwarzkopf vs. Frederick Franks

Chapter 26: The Post Gulf War Military

Coda: Powell Stays On Too Long

Chapter 27: Tommy R. Franks: Two Time Loser

Coda: The Sole Relief of the 2003 Invasion

Chapter 28: Ricardo Sanchez — In Over His Head

The Troops: Lions often led by donkeys

Coda: Lieutenant Colonel Sassaman's Breakdown

Chapter 29: George Casey - Trying, But Treading Water

Chapter 30: David Petraeus: An Outlier Moves In, The Leaves

Afghanistan Deteriorates

Coda: A Lieutenant Colonel Denounces Today's Generals

Epilogue: Restoring American Military Leadership