General Maxwell Taylor: The Sword And The Pen

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General Maxwell Taylor: The Sword And The Pen

by John M. Taylor
Doubleday, 1989
457 pp. $22.50
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Taylor was never far from controversy-resigning as Eisenhower's army chief of staff over the administration's reliance on nuclear weapons and then putting his critique in The Uncertain Trumpet; catching Kennedy's eye for his clear-minded review of the Bay of Pigs debacle; soldiering on in support of the war in Vietnam while ambassador in Saigon. This is a thorough, affectionate biography written by his son, a retired intelligence officer.