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In this persuasive biography, Jim Lacey sheds light on General Pershing's legacy as the nation's first modern combat commander, setting the standard for today's four-star officers. When the U.S. entered into WWI in 1917, they did so with inadequate forces. In just over a year, Pershing built and hurled a one million man army against forty battle-hardened German divisions, defending the hellish Meuse-Argonne and turning the tide of the war. With focus and clarity, Lacey traces the development of Pershing from Indian fighter, to guerrilla warrior against the Philippines insurgency to victorious commander in WWI.

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Pershing: A Biography
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4 / 5
Little known general
February 28th, 2014
Being a retired soldier, I knew who general Pershing was. However, I only knew he was the overall commander in world war I. This book shows how he gained fame in the Philippines against the Moro. Then it shows how he gained fame during his fight against Poncho Villa along the Mexican and United States border. Of course it covers his actions during world war I and then his posts after the war up to his retirement. Overall, it is a very well written account of Pershing's career.
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