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Pershing: Commander of the Great War

Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Hardcover

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Considering the great generals in American history might evoke memory of Generals Patton, MacArthur, Lee, or Sherman. However, you may be less likely to recall General Pershing, a tough and courageous leader who is the only person to achieve the highest U.S. Army rank while still living. He mentored George Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Patton. World War I and military history buffs will particularly enjoy this addition to The Generals Series. Everyone will gain deeper understanding of the critical strategic decisions Pershing made and won on the battlefield and how he influenced European and American history in both World Wars.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 159555355X
ISBN-13: 9781595553553
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Series: The Generals

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Attentive to the last detail, rigid in his expectations of drill and execution, and fiercely protective of every man he commanded, General John J. Pershing helped shape the 20th century by leading American troops in a war that saved Europe. Alienating some and inspiring others, Pershing recognized the challenges of modern warfare and embraced them as life's mission. More than 60 years after his death, he personifies the image of an American general.  

Army service in the Philippines and Mexico and alongside Teddy Roosevelt in Cuba served as a critical training ground for Pershing. When President Roosevelt promoted him to general in 1906, Pershing had been one of the army's oldest captains. Now, as one of its youngest generals, that training would be put to test in the coming Great War.  

Author John Perry unveils a general somewhat neglected by history, a mystifying fact considering that at one time more than a million soldiers followed him into battle. When France and England yearned for much-needed support against a German juggernaut, Pershing established an aggressive strategy that incorporated overwhelming numbers and comprehensive engagement, a strategy that made all the difference. Not only were there honor and order in his methods, there was victory. A legend in his own time, Pershing became the first man to be appointed General of the Armies.

Author Bio

John Perry graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University, with additional studies at University College, Oxford, England. Before beginning his career as an author in 1997, he was an award-winning advertising copywriter and radio producer. John has published 21 books as an author, collaborator, or ghostwriter. He is the biographer of Sgt. Alvin York, Mary Custis Lee (wife of Robert E. Lee and great granddaughter of Martha Washington), and George Washington Carver. Among other books, he has also written about the 1925 Scopes “monkey” trial (Monkey Business, with Marvin Olasky, B&H Publishing, 2005) and contemporary prison reform (God Behind Bars, Thomas Nelson, 2006). He is a two-time Gold Medallion finalist and Lincoln Prize nominee. He lives in Nashville.

Author Info

John Perry was born in Kentucky and grew up in Houston. After serving in the U.S. Army infantry, he graduated from Vanderbilt University cum laude. He also studied at University College, Oxford, England.

John began his career as an advertising copywriter in Houston, moving to Nashville in 1983. John was a founder of Wolf, Perry & Clark Music and also of American Network Radio, where he produced and syndicated radio specials for Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, and other country stars. His work for a chain of bookstores led to a marketing assignment for a publishing firm, which in turn led to John's transition from copywriter to author.

John lives in Belle Meade, former site of an antebellum plantation and thoroughbred farm near Nashville.

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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This is great book.
    September 29, 2012
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "General of the Armies John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing, GCB, was a general officer in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I." In the First World War, however, Pershing played his part without peer--standing alone in his time as history would have it, and with no one to share the fame. "On 15 July 1948, John Joseph Pershing passed away at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Tributes of the greatest men of our time were given him on the days following his death. But men of the Army will always pay tribute to General John J. Pershing. A life such as his is a challenge to his followers in the military profession, and they have accepted that challenge. John Joseph Pershing, soldier and citizen, will live forever in the memory of the men of our victorious country." I found this book very enjoyable especially we Filipinos, i found out that Peshing has a very important contribution on what we are today. This book is part of the Generals Series. Read this book and discover who really John Pershing is. A man with integrity and a man of valor. Generals won't come this best!
  2. Linden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book about an extraordinary man!
    May 13, 2012
    John Chancey
    Linden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    This review was written for Pershing: Commander of the Great War - eBook.
    I believe I may have heard of General Pershing a few times in grade school... but I had no idea what an impressive man he was. John "Black Jack" Pershing had a mediocre start to his extraordinary life. Born in 1860, Pershing had one ambition in his early life: to be a lawyer. He never wished to enter military service, but he saw West Point as a means to achieving his own goal of completing law school. Once he began his military career, however, he fully immersed himself in the performance of his duty.

    Pershing was the consummate military man. He was a stickler for details, and expected nothing less than perfection from the men he led. When necessary, though, he could be extremely patient - he demonstrated this several times throughout his life, striving for peace and understanding where others saw only conflict. Leading by example, Pershing was always found at or very near the front line of battles - even later in his career as a general. His demands on his men were so great, he once advised his officers in WWI that if any of their men were caught retreating, the officers should make every effort to stop them - shooting them if necessary. While this may seem harsh, the result of his leadership was nothing less than the salvation of Europe and the conquering of the seemingly unstoppable German war machine. He mentored a group of generals - Marshall, Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton - who led the US Army to victory in World War II just twenty years later.

    There are many things that could be said about his military career and victories, but you may as well read the book. This biography is the perfect introduction to Pershing. There is just enough information to give a good grasp of the man and his character, but not so much detail as to alienate the casual reader. This is the second biography I've read that was authored by John Perry (the other was of George Washington Carver), and I've been impressed both times. Perry has several other biographies written, including Winston Churchill and Robert E. Lee. I may just have to buy them...

    Pershing claimed to be a Christian and a God-fearing man, but he was not without vices. He had a mistress for many years (AFTER his wife and three daughters died in a tragic fire...while he was married, he was apparently faithful and totally love-struck with his wife). And the book has several profanity-laced quotes in it. But, I am glad that I read this volume on the life of General Pershing.

    I received this e-book free from the publishers in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Clifton Forge, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Who is Black Jack?
    March 27, 2012
    Clifton Forge, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What an interesting biography of a person who is largely responsible for setting in motion a large amount of the politics of the 20th and the first half of the 21st centuries. You will find this book an easy read with enough information to satisfy you or propel you to search out more about, Black Jack, this unassuming but remarkable world leader.
  4. Sunnyside, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Pershing: Commander of the Great War by John Perry
    December 23, 2011
    Jason Raines
    Sunnyside, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "No other American military leader is so important and yet so little known as John J. Pershing."

    Those interested in leadership and military history will find this book about "Black Jack" Pershing to be a quick and informative read. At one time, over a million men followed this man into battle, but yet he is not a major figure in contemporary discussions of history. However, he was highly regarded in his own time, and was discussed as a potential candidate for President following the "Great War."

    This book on John J. Pershing (1860-1948) is part of a series called "The Generals."

    Pershing was born in 1860, and his Missouri hometown of Laclede was subject to a Confederate raid in 1864. At times his family struggled financially, because of war damage, and subsequent economic conditions.

    Later, Pershing taught black students in grade school, and eventually sought an appointment to West Point because it provided a free college education. His early Army career saw him commanding a black cavalry unit of "Buffalo Soldiers" fame. Critics of Pershing tagged him with a derogatory nickname from this experience, which newspaper editors later softened into "Black Jack."

    The book is a short, easy to read, overview of the life of John J. Pershing. In fact, most of the book centers on his family, and early career prior to World War I. Because of this, most readers will be intrigued by information that is not generally taught in U.S. History classes in our schools.

    Pershing was renowned for his attention to detail, tough enforcement of regulations, and organizational leadership skills. Presidents McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and Harry Truman all had complimentary things to say about him.

    Future Army officers of note such as Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall, and George Patton all credited Pershing with being a significant influence on their leadership development.

    His leadership legacy includes creation of the Military Police, Pershing Rifles, significant influence over teaching Army leaders through a formal education system within the military. Lessons learned during the European conflict are still taught to junior military officers today.

    For a short introductory biography of a man somewhat neglected in teaching of history, I highly recommend this book. For serious students of history, this book will serve as a good primer for detailed study of Pershing.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Midwest
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Perry's work on Pershing is an enjoyable read.
    November 20, 2011
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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.

    And now, I see it's available in e-book. Great news!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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