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Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC

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and#8220;Westmoreland is a great book, a classic by an author who knows his subject well and tells the story without hesitation.and#8221; and#8212; General Donn A. Starry, U.S. Army (ret.), Commander, Army Training and Doctrine Command (1977and#8211;1981)

Is it possible that the riddle of Americaand#8217;s military failure in Vietnam has a one-word, one-man answer?

Unless and until we understand General William Westmoreland, we will never understand what went wrong in Vietnam. An Eagle Scout at fifteen, First Captain of his West Point class, Westmoreland fought in two wars and became Superintendent at West Point. Then he was chosen to lead the war effort in Vietnam for four crucial years.

He proved a disaster. He could not think creatively about unconventional warfare, chose an unavailing strategy, stuck to it in the face of all opposition, and stood accused of fudging the results when it mattered most. In this definitive portrait, Lewis Sorley makes a plausible case that the war could have been won were it not for Westmoreland. The tragedy of William Westmoreland carries lessons not just for Vietnam, but for the future of American leadership.

Westmoreland is essential reading from a masterly historian.

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A biography of Vietnam general William Westmoreland by the author of A BETTER WAR.

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The Marine Corps is known for its heroes, and Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller has long been considered the greatest of them all. His assignments and activities covered an extraordinary spectrum of warfare. Puller mastered small unit guerrilla warfare as a lieutenant in Haiti in the 1920s, and at the end of his career commanded a division in Korea. In between, he chased Sandino in Nicaragua and fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu.

With his bulldog face, barrel chest (which earned him the nickname Chesty), gruff voice, and common touch, Puller became—and has remained—the epitome of the Marine combat officer. At times Puller's actions have been called into question—at Peleliu, for instance, where, against a heavily fortified position, he lost more than half of his regiment. And then there is the saga of his son, who followed in Chesty's footsteps as a Marine officer only to suffer horrible wounds in Vietnam (his book, Fortunate Son, won the Pulitzer Prize).

Jon Hoffman has been given special access to Puller's personal papers as well as his personnel record. The result will unquestionably stand as the last word about Chesty Puller.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Nicknamed Chesty for his barrel chest, Lewis B. Puller is considered the greatest Marine Corps hero of all time. Hoffman, in this balanced and much-noticed biography, deftly interweaves the legendary stories with combat critique, defending Puller's title as the epitome of the Marine combat officer.

About the Author

Jon Hoffman is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve and is currently serving on extended active duty as the deputy director of the Marine Corps History & Museums Division. He has spent sixteen years on active duty as an infantry officer and historian. He has a Masters Degree in military history from Ohio State and a law degree from Duke University. His first book, Once A Legend, a biography of Major General Merritt “Red Mike” Edson, won the Marine Corps prize as the best book of the year.

LtCol Hoffman lives in Virginia.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

Contents

Mapsand#160;xi

Prologueand#160;xvii

1.and#160;ORIGINSand#160;and#160;1

2.and#160;EARLY SERVICEand#160;9

3.and#160;WORLD WAR IIand#160;14

4.and#160;AIRBORNE DUTYand#160;25

5.and#160;JAPAN AND KOREAand#160;31

6.and#160;PENTAGONand#160;41

7.and#160;DIVISION COMMANDand#160;48

8.and#160;SUPERINTENDENTand#160;56

9.and#160;VIETNAMand#160;65

10.and#160;FORCES BUILDUPand#160;77

11.and#160;SEARCH AND DESTROYand#160;91

12.and#160;ATMOSPHERICSand#160;108

13.and#160;BODY COUNTand#160;121

14.and#160;M-16 RIFLESand#160;131

15.and#160;PROGRESS OFFENSIVEand#160;143

16.and#160;ORDER OF BATTLEand#160;159

17.and#160;KHE SANHand#160;168

18.and#160;TET 1968and#160;174

19.and#160;TROOP REQUESTand#160;189

20.and#160;HEADING HOMEand#160;198

21.and#160;CHIEF OF STAFFand#160;206

22.and#160;SHAPING THE RECORDand#160;225

23.and#160;VOLUNTEER ARMYand#160;233

24.and#160;VIETNAM DRAWDOWNand#160;241

25.and#160;DEPARTUREand#160;247

26.and#160;IN RETIREMENTand#160;251

27.and#160;MEMOIRSand#160;259

28.and#160;CAMPAIGNERand#160;267

29.and#160;PLAINTIFFand#160;278

30.and#160;DUSKand#160;295

Epilogueand#160;301

Acknowledgmentsand#160;304

Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviationsand#160;310

Notesand#160;313

Selected Bibliographyand#160;356

Indexand#160;371

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375760440
Author:
Hoffman, Jon T.
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Author:
LtCol Jon T. Hoffman, USMCR
Author:
Sorley, Lewis
Author:
Hoffman, Jon T.
Author:
Colonel Jon T. Hoffman, USMCR
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Generals
Subject:
Biography-Military
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two 8-page b/w inserts
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.46 in 1.4 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
A biography of Vietnam general William Westmoreland by the author of A BETTER WAR.
"Synopsis" by , The Marine Corps is known for its heroes, and Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller has long been considered the greatest of them all. His assignments and activities covered an extraordinary spectrum of warfare. Puller mastered small unit guerrilla warfare as a lieutenant in Haiti in the 1920s, and at the end of his career commanded a division in Korea. In between, he chased Sandino in Nicaragua and fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu.

With his bulldog face, barrel chest (which earned him the nickname Chesty), gruff voice, and common touch, Puller became—and has remained—the epitome of the Marine combat officer. At times Puller's actions have been called into question—at Peleliu, for instance, where, against a heavily fortified position, he lost more than half of his regiment. And then there is the saga of his son, who followed in Chesty's footsteps as a Marine officer only to suffer horrible wounds in Vietnam (his book, Fortunate Son, won the Pulitzer Prize).

Jon Hoffman has been given special access to Puller's personal papers as well as his personnel record. The result will unquestionably stand as the last word about Chesty Puller.

From the Hardcover edition.

"Synopsis" by , Nicknamed Chesty for his barrel chest, Lewis B. Puller is considered the greatest Marine Corps hero of all time. Hoffman, in this balanced and much-noticed biography, deftly interweaves the legendary stories with combat critique, defending Puller's title as the epitome of the Marine combat officer.
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