General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing was a one-of-a-kind leader who saved Europe in a one-of-a-kind war. The book "Pershing ~ Commander of the Great War" explores the entirety of Pershing's, culminating in an understandable review of his leadership during the First World War. For a man who never intended to become a soldier, it is a great irony that he became the only U.S. General awarded the rank of General of the Armies during his lifetime - the only U.S. General to ever own the rank of 6 stars (though in humility he never wore 6, only 4 gold stars in an adaptation the traditional 4 silver stars of a full general).
I have always felt an understanding of World War II begins with a study of World War I. Mechanized warfare, chemical advances, aircraft and improved weaponry began in the Great War. Those who fought in the Second World War are known as "the Greatest Generation", and there is no doubt they nobly earned said title. I only wish those who served in the First World War were equally recognized for their bravery and valor. This book honors not only General Pershing, but all those who served under him.
From humble beginnings and small town aspirations to enormous tragedy and tremendous triumph, John J. Pershing was a man for the ages. While not a lengthy piece of work (224 pages) this book is an excellent narrative on the life of Pershing and is more than able to hold the reader's interest. John Perry has done a terrific job with this book, and I'm sure you won't be sorry if you take the time to read it.
On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I have to give this book a solid 5. It's a wonderful historical account and I didn't want to put it down once I began reading.
(Disclaimer ~ I received this book free of charge from BookSneeze for review purposes.)
Day 122 done :)
Jan L. Burt