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
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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.