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Five Stars: Missouri's Most Famous Generalsby James F. Muench
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Missouri’s history is replete with strong and adventurous leaders, from Lewis and Clark to Harry S. Truman. It is no surprise, then, that the Show-Me State has produced a great number of military men and women, including thirty who attained the rank of general. In this clearly written and richly illustrated book, James F. Muench has profiled five of the best-known figures: Alexander William Doniphan, Sterling Price, Ulysses S. Grant, John J. Pershing, and Omar Bradley. These men represent a number of historical eras–from the Mexican-American War through World War II–and a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.
Doniphan, who served in the Mexican-American War, and Price, who served in the Civil War on the Confederate side, were citizen soldiers who rose through the ranks of their local militias. Grant, who served in the Civil War on the Union side; Pershing, who served in World War I; and Bradley, who served in World War II, were professional soldiers who represented the trend in the modern army as general as manager and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. While noting the diversity among the generals, Muench also is careful to emphasize the connections and commonalities among them.
Five Stars: Missouri’s Most Famous Generals dedicates one chapter to each general. With lively, clear language, Muench gives readers an effective and entertaining primer on the lives and times of Missouri’s celebrated generals and their roles in American history, focusing in particular on their battlefield exploits. This book is sure to appeal to anyone interested in Missouri history, as well as those interested in military leadership.
Book News Annotation:
Enthusiast Muench picks five of the 30 or so generals with Missouri roots, and in a lively and accessible text describes their careers, their exploits on the field, and what it is about Missouri that helped them succeed. He examines the life and work of the under-appreciated Alexander William Doniphan, who remained neutral during the Civil War, Sterling Price, who hated slavery but hated what he felt was federal interference more, Ulysses S. Grant, whose failures have slowly faded in the light of his victories, John J. Pershing, whose commitment to discipline of mind and act brought him to a rank equaled only by George Washington, and Omar Bradley, who was the "GI General" and managed to triumph despite direct competition from both Patton and Montgomery. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
James F. Muench is a public relations consultant and freelance writer. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.
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