Pershing: Commander of the Great War
This is great book.
"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!
September 29, 2012
Excellent book about an extraordinary man!
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.
May 13, 2012
Who is Black Jack?
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.
March 27, 2012
Pershing: Commander of the Great War by John Perry
Ã¢ÂÂNo other American military leader is so important and yet so little known as John J. Pershing.Ã¢ÂÂ
Those interested in leadership and military history will find this book about Ã¢ÂÂBlack JackÃ¢ÂÂ 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 Ã¢ÂÂGreat War.Ã¢ÂÂ
This book on John J. Pershing (1860-1948) is part of a series called Ã¢ÂÂThe Generals.Ã¢ÂÂ
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 Ã¢ÂÂBuffalo SoldiersÃ¢ÂÂ fame. Critics of Pershing tagged him with a derogatory nickname from this experience, which newspaper editors later softened into Ã¢ÂÂBlack Jack.Ã¢ÂÂ
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.
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December 23, 2011