Sunday, November 20, 2011
The Generals: Pershing Commander of the Great War
The Generals: Pershing
Commander of the Great War
by John Perry
Hardcover/Page count: 240
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pershing: Commander of the Great War, written by John Perry, is one of the works in Thomas Nelson's series The Generals.
Perry introduces us to John J. Pershing, an American military leader who commanded the Expeditionary Force in World War I, leading his million-man army in France and defeating the German’s in a mere six months of action.
In this biography of John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, the author paints a portrait of Pershing, not only as the brilliant yet demanding and difficult-to-please military leader in action-“nothing imperfect escaped his notice or criticism”-but also chronicles Pershing’s role as a loving husband and father, an excellent dancer, and a true friend to those fortunate enough to know him well off the battlefield.
Perry states that the ‘real’ Pershing was a truly great man.
And after having read this book, I must agree with the author!
If you want to learn more about the First World War and General Pershing’s role in it, I recommend this book as Perry’s style of writing isn’t arduous. His work on Pershing is quite an enjoyable read, one in which I did not want to lie down until I completed it.
And considering Perry’s military career and place in American history, which includes time in New Mexico to the Battle of Wounded Knee, a tour in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, the hunt for Pauncho Villa in Mexico, and more before he made his way to France in World War I, I feel this book would add a fine element to middle school or high school level lessons in American history or Pershing’s role in World War I.
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