By Stanley Weintraub

ISBN-10: 0451223926

ISBN-13: 9780451223920

ISBN-10: 0743275276

ISBN-13: 9780743275279

within the ultimate days of global battle II, the US appeared as much as 3 five-star generals as its maximum heroes. George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Douglas MacArthur personified victory, from the Pentagon to Normandy to the a ways East. opposite numbers and sometimes rivals, that they had leapfrogged one another, occasionally stonewalled one another, even supported and guarded one another all through their celebrated careers. within the public brain they stood for glamour, integrity, and competence. yet for dramatic twists of situation, all 3 -- instead of just one -- may need occupied the White condominium.

the tale in their interconnected lives opens a desirable window onto the various 20th century's most important occasions, revealing the personalities in the back of the general public photos and exhibiting how a lot of a distinction 3 males could make. Marshall and MacArthur have been contemporaries and opponents. Eisenhower used to be MacArthur's underling, then Marshall's deputy, earlier than changing into MacArthur's counterpart as a ideal commander, Ike in Western Europe, MacArthur within the Pacific. all the 3 five-star generals may pass directly to awesome postwar careers: MacArthur as a digital viceroy of Japan, overseeing its transition to a brand new constitutional democracy, after which top the UN forces within the Korean battle; Marshall as secretary of country, writer of the Marshall Plan, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Eisenhower as president.

Fifteen Stars provides the intertwined lives of those 3 nice males opposed to the sweeping heritage of six unforgettable a long time, from global wars to the chilly conflict. it's heritage at its so much dramatic but such a lot own -- a triumph for Stanley Weintraub, our preeminent army historian.

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