BLACK JACK : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF COLONEL JOHN J. PERSHING (2 VOLS., COMPLETE)
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Título: BLACK JACK : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF COLONEL ...
Editorial: Texas A & M University Press, College Station, Texas
Año de publicación: 1977
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Dust Jacket Included
Edición: Third Printing.
This National Book Award finalist traces the life of the general whose career began on the western frontier and culminated with victory in a world war.
Using both domestic and foreign sources, many heretofore untapped, Frank Vandiver focuses on the qualities of and challenges to Pershing the soldier without losing sight of the man who wore the uniform. Vandiver gives special attention to Pershing's stint as head of the Bureau of Insular Affairs, his fourteen years' service in the Far East, and his unusual role as manager-organizer of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. Here is a full-bodied portrait of a remarkable American, plus new insights into American and international military history, and a fresh view of the United States' rise to power.
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As a child in Laclede, Missouri, John J. Pershing watched Rebel partisans threaten the town. He lived to see his country victorious in a second world war, led by men who had served under him in the first. Few men have participated in as vast a sweep of the events that determined the course of their nation's history.
Black Jack Pershing's colorful, sometimes controversial career paralleled the emergence of the United States as a world power. His professional life covered an incredible span of American history -- Indian campaigns against Geronimo and against the Sioux, the Spanish-American War, campaigns against the Moro in the Philippines, service as U.S. military attache in the Russo-Japanese War, the Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa, and World War I. Even during World War II George Marshall regularly consulted with Pershing, by then old and ill, in his room at Walter Reed Hospital.
Focusing on the man in the events of his time, Frank Vandiver examines the qualities of and challenges to Pershing the soldier without losing sight of the man who wore the uniform. Special attention is given to Pershing's stint as head of the newly established Bureau of Insular Affairs and his fourteen years' service in the Far East, especially in the Philippines, where the United States first faced the problems of colonial administration. His unusual role as manager-organizer of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I is treated as the capstone of a career which spanned, and helped shape, the transition from the U.S. Army of the nineteenth century to the modern force of World War II.
A patriotic good soldier with a sense of the future, Pershing was neither a fool nor a fanatic. Hebelieved in his country, and his career showed the best side of Americanism. A builder rather than a wrecker, he left his nation stronger by his life.
Dr. Vandiver has made extensive use of both domestic and foreign sources, many heretofore untapped, to present a full-bodied portrait of a remarkable American, new insights into American and international military history, and a fresh view of the United States' rise to power.
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