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Crisis in Command: Mismanagement in the Army
Crisis in Command: Mismanagement in the Army
By Richard A. Gabriel and Paul L. Savage
Hill and Wang, 1978, 242 pp

These authors, both former Army officers, argue that the U.S. Army is in deep moral crisis, brought about by the erosion of officer ethics and exemplified by the lack of unit cohesion under the stress of combat in Vietnam. They wrestle with the vital issue of whether the officer corps should continue to reflect civilian "managerial" values or return to a traditional military ethic. Although this hard-hitting indictment is well grounded in facts, the authors come very close to a single-factor explanation for a complicated problem, and they fundamentally misunderstand the nature of a military academy education.