Date with History
The Generals: American Military Command
from World War II to Today
Wednesday, November 28
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History has been kind to the American generals of World War II—Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley—and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed. In The Generals, Thomas E. Ricks sets out to explain why that is. In part it is the story of a widening gulf between performance and accountability. During the Second World War, scores of American generals were relieved of command simply for not being good enough. Today, as one American colonel said bitterly during the Iraq War, "As matters stand now, a private who loses a rifle suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses a war."
Join us as Tom Ricks discusses his book, The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today. Ricks is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor for Foreign Policy magazine, where he writes the blog ''The Best Defense''. He covered the US military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. Until the end of 1999, he had the same beat at the Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he has covered US military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of several books, including The Gamble and the #1 New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
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