The Generals - Thomas E. Ricks

Military correspondent Thomas E. Ricks has produced a searing indictment of the top ranks of America’s armed forces. In The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today (Penguin Press, $32.95), Ricks looks back at World War II under Gen. George Marshall as a zenith of competence for general officers. It was a time, Ricks recalls, when failure was not tolerated and scores of American generals were relieved of command for falling short. By contrast, Ricks contends, today’s system accepts mediocrity and provides little reward for daring. While some talented generals have emerged—notably, David Petraeus and Raymond Odierno—many of the rest leave much to be desired. Provocative and outspoken as always, Ricks calls for a rethinking of the way U.S. generals are managed.
The Generals' War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf By Michael R. Gordon, General Bernard E. Trainor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316321006
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - November 9th, 1995

The Great War and Modern Memory - Paul Fussell

Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memory is about the British army on the Western Front. It is about what these men read, wrote and suffered. Their boredom and agony at Paschendale, Ypres and the Somme endures in the fault lines of our cultural categories and the sinews of our language. I learned what a truly great work of scholarship can be from this book. Fussell reads the canon of First World War poetry alongside the innumerable letters, memoirs and other unpublished manuscripts of the Imperial War Museum’s collection. The Great War and Modern Memory is more than thorough, it is intellectually and methodologically intrepid: a deft mixture of literary and cultural criticism and historical investigation in the widest sense. Fussell insight is double and archeological: resurrecting the vanished, innocent prewar certainties and finding the trench mud smeared on our modern preoccupations.

The Great War and Modern Memory By Paul Fussell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780195133325
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 1st, 2000

To End All Wars - Adam Hochschild

This isn’t an unbiased account. There is a bias here that announces itself early and often: The first World War was an unnecessary one, and the leaders who led their nations to slaughter were at best, foolish and irresponsible and at worst, sadistic and unforgiveable. Also, the men and women who followed their consciences and said no to war were heroic in their convictions and often paid a heavy price for their stance. What makes this such a compelling book, though, is not generalities. Rather, it’s the specifics of the individual stories that make it so compulsively readable. People like Charlotte Despard, the Pankhursts-- suffragette Emmeline and her daughters, Sylvia and Christabel, the socialist MP Keir Hardie, and the philosopher/mathematician Bertrand Russell are just a few of the people who figure prominently and animate this extraordinary retelling of one of the formative and most destructive events of the 20th Century.
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 By Adam Hochschild Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547750316
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Mariner Books - March 6th, 2012