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by Stanley Weintraub

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ISBN: 0451223926
Author: Stanley Weintraub
Language: English
Publisher: Dutton Caliber; Reprint edition (May 6, 2008)
Pages: 576
Category: Military
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.4
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The book is filled with detail and is by no means a light read but it is worth every sentence.

Marshall and MacArthur were contemporaries and competitors. Eisenhower was MacArthur's underling, then Marshall's deputy, before becoming MacArthur's counterpart as a supreme commander, Ike in Western Europe, MacArthur in the Pacific. Eisenhower was MacArthur's underling, then Marshall's deputy, before becoming MacArthur's counterpart as a supreme commander, Ike in Western Europe, MacArthur in the Pacific

Marshall and MacArthur were contemporaries and competitors. It is history at its most dramatic yet most personal - a triumph for Stanley Weintraub, our preeminent military historian.

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Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Preface: Intersected Lives. MacArthur arranged for both generals, neither of whom ever commanded anyone in combat, but whom MacArthur lavishly bemedaled, to write and publish hagiographic postwar biographies of him which he freely and imaginatively dictated. Later he wrote his own lucrative memoirs, much of it drawn from their books, which were in effect his.

book by Stanley Weintraub. In the closing days of World War II, America looked up to three five-star generals as its greatest heroes

book by Stanley Weintraub. In the closing days of World War II, America looked up to three five-star generals as its greatest heroes.

Colonial America was England's Vietnam. Weintraub's multifaceted analysis will forever change and expand our view of the struggle.

2008 Язык: ENG Размер: 2. 9 x 1. 9 x . 2 cm Поставляется из: США. Новинка. Colonial America was England's Vietnam.

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The story of their interconnected lives opens a fascinating window onto some of the twentieth century's most crucial events, revealing the personalities behind the public images and showing how much of a difference three men can make.

15 Stars presents the intertwined lives of three great men—Eisenhower, MacArthur, and Marshall—against the sweeping background of six unforgettable decades, from the two world wars to the Cold War. As it reveals the personalities behind the public images, it shows how much of a difference three men can make not only to a nation, but the world. In the closing days of World War II, America looked up to three five-star generals as its greatest heroes. George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Douglas MacArthur personified victory, from the Pentagon to Normandy to the Far East. Counterparts and on occasion competitors, they had leapfrogged each other, sometimes stonewalled each other, even supported and protected each other throughout their celebrated careers. In the public mind they stood for glamour, integrity, and competence. But for dramatic twists of circumstance, all three—rather than only one—might have occupied the White House.

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Dagdatus
Stanley Weintraub's "15 Stars: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall: Three Generals who Saved the American Century" is an engaging look at three generals who forever left their stamp upon American history. This work succeeds in showing the men, warts and all, in their struggles to win World War II and beyond. The author highlights the antagonisms, egos, brilliance, sacrifice, and dedication to duty that all three shared. Weintraub correctly paints them as soldier statesmen, officers whose rank made them as much diplomats as warriors. The book does have its flaws, however. Conceptually, a look at the generals during World War II would have made more sense than the half-hearted look at the men after than conflict. World War II takes up about 400 pages of this 500 page tomb and the last few chapters feel tacked on, more an epilogue than an in-depth continuation of the study. Both MacArthur and Marshall's deaths are accorded several pages, Ike got barely a paragraph. Weintraub justifies this by stating that after MacArthur's death their lives ceased to intertwine. Additionally, one would have liked a closer looked at the general's strategies during the war- this book is a shared biographical sketch, however, not an true military history.

Despite its flaws "15 Stars" really shines in a few areas. One comes to appreciate the tireless and thankless work of George C. Marshall, as he struggled to organize the American military establishment and coordinate strategy with an antagonistic British ally. MacArthur is shown as the egotist that he was, yet still Weintraub manages to convey his brilliant leadership that won the hearts of his men and the respect of a grateful nation. Eisenhower's personal life, such as his relationship with Kay Summersby are front and center, as is his often stumbling presidency. Nevertheless Ike is shown as a meticulous and intelligent military man whose daring and determination added greatly to the Allied cause against Hitler.

This is an interesting and informative book about three men whose contributions to their nation stand unparalleled in history. Recommended for anyone who has a greater desire to understand the American personalities who fought World War II from the top.
Ttyr
15 stars provides an excellent look at three generals who played a pivotal role in shaping the United States in the 20th century. The book is filled with detail and is by no means a light read but it is worth every sentence. The scope of the book forces the author to be vague at times and it does not cover every detail but gives a general sense of how these three men shaped the century. This is not meant to be only a book about World War II as some other reviewers have complained about. It is meant to analyze the impact these men had on shaping the post war world as well which means not every detail will be covered. As to the bias of the author I have to agree that it is overly harsh on MacArthur who having many faults with his own hubris was made to be almost malevolent in his pursuit for advancement. For those who are starting out learning about World War II and how it shaped the United States this is a great place to start. For those who have read a little bit wider you may want to pass on this one as it does not add much new but summarizes the lives of these men and how their interactions shaped the country.
Risa
Fascinating account of the interaction of three of the four most famous U.S. general officers in the 20th century (and the fourth, Blackjack Pershing, of WWI fame, knew the other three very well and had a behind-the-scenes role with each of them in WWII, including direct communications with FDR -- which is also covered in this masterly work). These three giants all had unique personalities and operating styles; they collaborated when necessary, sometimes begrudgingly, and clashed on many occasions. Of the three, the ultimate arbiter was George Marshall -- who groomed Ike, put him in place as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and then kept him on a short leash. Marshall also hand-massaged the supremely egotistical Douglas MacArthur to keep him in line throughout the war in the Pacific despite MacArthur's frequent paranoia about Washington. And of course, Ike and MacArthur (Ike once was MacArthur's aide) grew to despise each other. All of these not-so-well-known nuances are brilliantly addressed by the author. A great read!
Ndyardin
Good reading but I wish the author had chosen some different subjects. Ike and MacArthur are common subjects of these biographies. Everyone seems to forget Bradley, Nimitz, Halsey, King, Leahy and Arnold were all also 5 star leaders with huge contributions to the war.
Xinetan
I have read many books about the WWII era, FDR, Churchill, Eisenhower and MacArthur. This book is quite well written and has a great deal more information about the disagreements between FDR, Churchill and Stalin and between the British general staff and Eisenhower/Marshall, Marshall and MacArthur, Adm King etc. Not much detail about any one battle but a great deal of interesting background. A fascinating book.
6snake6
This is a good study of the various generals who managed and developed the various tactics and eventual defeat of the Germans and Japanese during WWII. Their interpersonal relationships among British, American and Soviet leaders is fascinating making one wonder how we ever won the war in the first place. However, this is a difficult book to read. The sentence structure throughout the book is terrible forcing one to re-read some paragraphs over several times in order to understand what the author is saying. The organization is also confused seeming to jump all over the place without any reason. I am surprised that this book ever got published without a better editorial review, but maybe is was too much to deal with for any one editor. The stories of the fights and posturing between the military and political is interesting, but be ready for a long slog through the material.

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