The History and Success of American Generals


Thomas E. Ricks, a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) spent several days at UC Berkeley and delivered two lectures. One focused on the history and success of American generals and why they were more successful in World War II than in Korea, Vietnam, or Iraq/Afghanistan. The second was a case study of leadership through the actions of American General Oliver Prince Smith, who was one of the Marine Corps great generals of recent times. Also included are question and answer sessions with midshipmen and cadets.

This book is currently out of print.

Thomas E. Ricks
Publication date: 
November 23, 2011
Publication type: 
National Security