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On the Psychology of Military Incompetence

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On the Psychology of Military Incompetence
By Norman F. Dixon
Basic Books, 1976 448 pp. $12.50 Purchase

A bold yet serious examination of military leadership by a British psychologist. "Bloody foolish" generals, he argues, reach the higher ranks of the military hierarchy through excessive obedience and fear of failure-traits which serve them badly in dealing with the leadership of combat forces.

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