A man of extraordinary inner strength and patriotic devotion, General Harold K. Johnson was a soldier's officer, loved by his men and admired by his peers for his leadership, courage, and moral convictions. Lewis Sorley's biography provides a fitting testament to this remarkable man, who rose from obscurity to become LBJ's Army Chief of Staff ...Read MoreA man of extraordinary inner strength and patriotic devotion, General Harold K. Johnson was a soldier's officer, loved by his men and admired by his peers for his leadership, courage, and moral convictions. Lewis Sorley's biography provides a fitting testament to this remarkable man, who rose from obscurity to become LBJ's Army Chief of Staff during the Vietnam War. A native of North Dakota, Johnson survived more than three grueling years as a POW under the Japanese during World War II before serving brilliantly as a field commander in the Korean War, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for "extraordinary heroism." These experiences led to a series of high-level positions culminating in his appointment as Army chief in 1964. Johnson fundamentally disagreed with the three men running our war in Vietnam: LBJ, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and General William Westmoreland. He was sharply critical of LBJ's piecemeal policy of gradual escalation and failure to mobilize the national will or call up the reserves. He was equally despondent over Westmoreland's now infamous search-and-destroy tactics and reliance on body counts to measure success in Vietnam.Read Less
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Very Good Condition in Very Good jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Text unmarked. Black & white photographs and illustrations. Boards and jacket lightly bumped and shelf worn on corners, edges and spine ends. Part of Modern War Studies series. Quantity Available: 1. ISBN: 0700608869. ISBN/EAN: 9780700608867. Inventory No: 147503.
Univ Press of Kansas (Lawrence) 1998, first edition, 364 pp, photos, POW of the Japanese, Korean service, Army Chief of Staff during Vietnam, very good with previous owner's stamp, underlining, notations to 4 pp, DJ,
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