President Eisenhower and Strategy Management: A Study in Defense Politics; The War Managers

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President Eisenhower and Strategy Management: A Study in Defense Politics

By Douglas Kinnard
University Press of Kentucky, 1977
169 pp. $13.75
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The War Managers

By Douglas Kinnard
University Press of New England, 1977
216 pp. $14.00
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These are two very different books by a retired Army general who earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1973. The first is a good - but not great - study of Eisenhower's strategic policymaking, the thesis being that, contrary to popular belief, Eisenhower was a strong leader and manager. The second work provides the best view to date of the opinions of 108 Army generals who fought the Vietnam War. The generals' responses to standard questions were extremely varied, indicating an absence of the so-called military mind. The only consensus was on the quality of the South Vietnamese army and the role of the media. Three disturbing conclusions emerge: there was a complete breakdown in communications between top civilian and military leaders; the generals criticized the war's tactics extensively; and there was no mechanism for eliciting or considering the generals' dissent while they were on active duty.

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