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ISBN: 1557503346
Author: Townsend Hoopes
Language: English
Publisher: Naval Institute Press (September 2000)
Pages: 608
Category: Leaders & Notable People
Subcategory: Biography
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Series: Bluejacket Books. Paperback: 608 pages. Publisher: Naval Institute Press (September 2000). Hoopes and Brinkley unforgivably neglect to tell the readers that at the time of their writing that testimony was still being kept secret

Series: Bluejacket Books. Hoopes and Brinkley unforgivably neglect to tell the readers that at the time of their writing that testimony was still being kept secret. It did not conclude what caused the fall, that is, it did not conclude that it was a suicide, and it made no mention of the cord that was tied tightly around Forrestal's neck.

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This is what Townsend Hoopes and Douglas Brinkley have to say about the episode in their 1992 book, Driven Patriot, the Life and Times of James Forrestal: Pearson had, in fact, decided to fire his heaviest ammunition in a radio broadcast on April 9. He charged that Forrestal. He charged that Forrestal, awakened by the sound of a fire siren (on the night of April 1 at Hobe Sound), had rushed out of his cottage screaming, "The Russians are attacking. He defined Forrestal's condition as "temporary insanity

James Forrestal was a brilliant financier and military organizer, and he was the first United States Secretary of Defense

James Forrestal was a brilliant financier and military organizer, and he was the first United States Secretary of Defense. Townsend Hoopes and Douglas Brinkley follow Forrestal through his Irish upbringing in upstate New York-he was the son of immigrants-through Princeton University to his success on Wall Street during the Roaring Twenties, to his Gatsbyan life of privilege on Long Island, to his pivotal role in rebuilding the obsolescent .

Brilliant, ambitious, glamorous, yet a perpetual outsider, Forrestal forged a career that took him from his working-class origins to the social and financial stratosphere of Wall Street, and from there to policy making in Washington.

An unsparing profile of James Forrestal (1892-1949), Secretary of the Navy under Truman, by Hoopes (The Devil .

An unsparing profile of James Forrestal (1892-1949), Secretary of the Navy under Truman, by Hoopes (The Devil and John Foster Dulles, 1973, et. and Brinkley (History/Hofstra Univ. He lives in Virginia. Douglas G. Brinkley is the director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization and Professor of History at Tulane University.

An unsparing profile of James Forrestal (1892-1949), Secretary of the Navy under Truman, by Hoopes (The Devil and John . This is a bold, strongly psychological investigation of a man who cut the ties that bind, made a spectacular success and a dangerous marriage (to Vogue writer Josephine Ogden), and took his own life after a dramatic breakdown. By the time he became Secretary of the Navy, the authors say, his denial of his wife's alcoholism and schizophrenia presaged an abrupt and irreversible collapse, triggered by his dismissal by Truman.

Driven Patriot Pt. 2 : The Life and Times of James Forrestal. by Townsend Hoopes and Douglas Brinkley. I was impressed with this book's scholarship, but after looking into the sources for the chapter on Forrestal's death, I have had some second thoughts. James Forrestal fell from a window of the 16th floor of the Bethesda Naval Hospital in the wee hours of the morning of May 22, 1949.

DRIVEN PATRIOT: The Life and Times of James Forrestal. EDGAR A. POE: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance. By Kenneth Silverman.

MORE BY William G. Hyland. Forrestal forged slightly ahead when he became secretary of the navy, and later the first secretary of defense. Oddly enough, after the war Forrestal started as a strong opponent of the creation of the new consolidated defense department. Both books are informative and comprehensive, but the reader never really comes to understand Forrestal's increasingly vehement anticommunism or Harriman's conversion from a Republican businessman to a loyal New Dealer.

A haunting portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential figures of the mid-twentieth century, this biography takes a penetrating look at James Forrestal's life and work. Brilliant, ambitious, glamorous, yet a perpetual outsider, Forrestal forged a career that took him from his working-class origins to the social and financial stratosphere of Wall Street, and from there to policy making in Washington. As secretary of the navy during World War II, he was the principal architect in transforming an obsolescent navy into the largest, most formidable naval force in history. After the war, as the nation's first secretary of defense, he played a major role in shaping the anti-Communist consensus that sustained the U.S. policy of containment during the Cold War. Despite his many achievements, Forrestal's life ended in tragedy with his suicide in 1949.

This absorbing study not only takes an understanding look at the many-sided man but presents an authoritative history of the great but troubled years of America's rise to world primacy. Winner of the 1992 Roosevelt Naval History Prize, the book enjoyed wide acclaim when first published and is now considered a definitive work.

Comments:

Paxondano
A very good biography about an interesting and extremely patriotic man in a very turbulent and stressful time and situation. This man's contributions deserve to be better remembered.

Were there any other aircraft carriers named after an individual who was not a president of the United States except the USS Forrestal, USS Franklin and USS Carl Vinson ?
grand star
This is a Great Read. I'm reading it at the same time as the Forrestal Diaries.
Mightsinger
An excellent tour of his career and America; I learn much and was turning pages quickly.
Abuseyourdna
Great historical look back on James Forrestal.
Barit
...considering that I am just a former naval officer interested in finding out what I can about the Navy that I loved and hated.
As I read more books about the Navy I am fascinated by a trend that emerges that truly typifies "Don't rock the boat"
This attitude was definitely present in my short 8 year career in "this man's Navy"
This biography of Forrestal is a rather sad portrayal of someone who virtually gave his life to serve his country.
"Driven Patriot" could not have been titled any more appropriately.
In a time when so few people choose to join the military, here was a man who gave up a great deal to serve his country.
Reading about his personal life is a little like peeking in an open window but Forrestal's relationships with Adm King and others was fascinating. His personal life took a back seat to his appointment but there is far more to his life than his being a patriotic workaholic.
It is ironic that the catastrophic fire that occurred on the USS Forrestal is now a primer for how to deal with fires on board ships.
Am anxious to explore the resources that DC Dave cites but for now I would heartily recommend this book as just another piece of the puzzle that allowed the Greatest Generation to overcome the zealous Axis nations.
Benn
excellent...well packaged
Zicelik
I was impressed with this book's scholarship, but after looking into the sources for the chapter on Forrestal's death, I have had some second thoughts. James Forrestal fell from a window of the 16th floor of the Bethesda Naval Hospital in the wee hours of the morning of May 22, 1949. The authors relate numerous details of the Forrestal's actions prior to his going out the window, but none of them are sourced directly to any of the witnesses, the various medical personnel who were on duty that night. Rather, the strongest assertions that support the popular theory of suicide, which they endorse, turn out to be from sources that I was unable to trace, even using the services of the Library of Congress in person.

The best source to start with would have been the official investigation, the work of a review board convened by the head of the National Naval Medical Center, Admiral Morton Willcutts, which took the testimony of most of the witnesses (with a few notable exceptions). Hoopes and Brinkley unforgivably neglect to tell the readers that at the time of their writing that testimony was still being kept secret. They also fail to tell us that the conclusions of the review board were released in brief summary form almost 6 months after the conclusion of the board's work, and that summary concluded only that Forrestal had died from injuries suffered from the fall. It did not conclude what caused the fall, that is, it did not conclude that it was a suicide, and it made no mention of the cord that was tied tightly around Forrestal's neck.

On my third try, I obtained the report, including all testimony and most of the exhibits, using the Freedom of Information Act. It contradicts almost everything that Hoopes and Brinkley have to say about Forrestal's actions prior to his death. (...)

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