By Stanley Weintraub
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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