The Fifth Star: High Command in an Era of Global War

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The Fifth Star: High Command in an Era of Global War

By George M. Hall
Praeger Publishers, 1994
227 pp. $39.95
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A well-intentioned attempt to compare the military leadership of America's senior commanders during World War II. Relying on a limited set of secondary sources, the author whips through ten capsule biographies in under 120 pages, then embarks on 50 pages of analysis, replete with diagrams labeled "Scale of Leadership Requirements" and such. One is tempted to make an invidious comparison with Eric Larrabee's wonderful Commander in Chief, which did much the same work but with far greater verve and insight.

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