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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate; First Edition edition (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161200069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612000695
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,633,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dhlr on 16 July 2014
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A fascinating insight into decision making having global consequences ,during and after WWII. The value of travelling and understanding by someone with an open mind, and an integrity to match, is a lesson for us all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pstevenson on 29 July 2013
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a fair assessment of a little known general,a great planner,organizer,and a fine servent to the u.s.a. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
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What exactly was going on here ......this is the story of a General educated by The Highest German Staff College just before the Second World War whose memoirs stack up to be the usual bumph and bulls*** bonanza. This constant implication that Americans are the superior race is entriely typical of all the memoirs I have read since the War. As always the subject is portrayed as being a tactical and strategical Genius This is a book in which the Ultra secret is not mentioned in any great detail - if at all?

This is just another typical American memoir which makes reams of specious and unwarranted ascertations most of which I myself judge to be false and totally self emamouring. As always in Historical Americana we see the constantly hubristic mantra .... an unremitting bulling up the role of America and its future as yet another made to be invisible Worldwide Empire it rises before our eyes demanding that everyone worships its heroes and submit to all the Stars and Stripes.

Every chapter was an invention of American superiority every sentence an untruth wrung out as always at the expense of their Allies. I reckon that in fifty years the Battle of .... Britain and al the other events including D Day would have been systematically re-manufactured to manifest itself as a contest between Nazi Germany and a made up .... apartheid free America with most of Europe and the ..... other World ignored disparaged and arbitrarily sidelined. Read it Europe and have a damn good laugh..
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By only me on 4 July 2014
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I suspect the general was like this book. Worthy but dull.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A Victorious Tribute to an American Hero 10 May 2012
By Pres.Com - Published on
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I am certain the spirit of General Wedemeyer would be astonished by the amazing tribute Dr. John McLaughin has provided him with this book. Through passion-fueled and painstaking research, Dr. McLaughlin left no stone unturned to get the "story right". This is the first book I did not rush through to finish. I found myself transported back in time while discovering such a critical figure in our history whom I never have heard about before. When I first heard that the book was about General Wedemeyer, I said, "who" and after I read his book I said "wow". Dr. McLaughlin, a true lawyer, doesn't just tell the reader General Wedemeyer was a genuine war hero...he proves it. He also shows how the General's background & experiences played a key role in the development of his character, mind-set & skills set...the elements of an effective strategist. My advice for the candidates in the upcoming elections is to read this book and then begin telling us your strategies rather than promoting your promises. I am sure General Wedemeyer's family is extremely grateful to have such a distinguished book published that will help keep his legacy alive. It is also important to note that the book's author, Dr. John McLaughlin founded & moderates NJ's only WW2 Book Club & Lecture Series. He is a WW2 veteran who is passionate about sharing WW2 stories, respecting those that served and finding the truth behind & interesting facts about important historical events. Dr. Mc Laughlin is also a true hero!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A notable achievement in many ways. 18 May 2012
By sawa - Published on
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This book is a must-have for all history buffs, teachers of history, and students of history. The updated and extensive research behind it most likely are the most comprehensive and current information available to date. The author has executed a mammoth amount of research using a truly amazing variety of reputable sources.

It is clear from the start and throughout every chapter that the author has a fervent passion for General Wedemeyer and all that he experienced in his life. This enthusiasm and zeal is exemplified with the utmost respect, esteem, and understanding of the man-as a human being and as a military figure. Often in the book, while discussing complex military details and events, Dr. Mclaughlin does not exclude or separate what made up the man from the military figure. It is this passion and understanding of Wedemeyer that drives this story.

Explaining the significance of Wedemeyer's experience at the German Kriegsakademie, combined with his innate exceptional visionary skills and tactical knowledge, are behind a good part of understanding what a huge figure he played during these years. But once reading this book and its scrupulous details, it is easy to regard General Wedemeyer as an unsung hero whose hands were very often tied-in frustration to him, and perhaps in poor outcome for the U.S. One feels empathy for him while reading some of the lesser known history.

There are many famous and familiar names mentioned in this book as it describes and relays the inner workings of the times. Inter-country communications and accountings of meetings and letters and discussions are so meticulously documented here that one feels they are able to envision and grasp the entire history of it in great detail. Interesting (unique-sometimes family owned) photographs with descriptive captions, along with copies of letters, and newspaper quotes of the time, provide insight into both the man and many of the situations in which he found himself.

One of the many notable achievements of this writing is that it did not only bring to light an unsung humble hero. I do not believe that was Dr. Mclaughlin's only purpose, nor do I think that he could have done that without including all of the minutia and detail that he both knew and discovered along the way. The references used, and referred to in this book, clearly paint a very comprehensive view of our country and its military personnel and those of the other countries involved.

In summary, I would recommend this new book as the paramount, supreme collection of resources along with it being a poignant and personal tale told of a man not to be forgotten.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Fabulous Book 26 April 2014
By Dr James P. Kane - Published on
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As a former Marine infantry officer - well after WW II - I was stunned by how little I actually knew about the planning skills and brilliant career of Gen. Wedemeyer in World War II. Dr. McLaughlin's compelling story enriched my understanding of this pivotal era. His book is exceedingly well researched, well reported, and beautifully written. I recommend it to anyone interested in a deeper understanding of America;s epic journey to victory in WW II.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Reviewed with much appreciation! 14 May 2012
By Pamela Dade Wedemeyer - Published on
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The author has done a superb job bring together the minds & actions of prominent figures of our military history. He has highlighted the many unrecognized achievements of A C Wedemeyer, the architect of the Victory Plan, who had become a thorn in Churchill's side and was pushed off to a far away region, out of the way. From the quick action of Wedemeyer's Berlin Lift orchestration, to his assessment report of China, which was 'tucked away' for two years, that may have prevented a Communist take over, and may have avoided the Korean & Vietnam Wars, had his report been heeded.
With much research and remarks from other high ranking officials that worked with/or against the General, Dr. John McLaughlin has exposed all sides to the disagreements and praises that occurred throughout the WW2 era.
I found it very informative in his comparing the different view points, of these men. It really brings it together in understanding the planning that molded our world today.
I salute the author on a brilliant piece of work. I am sure my Grandfather is smiling, the dream he had for Keith Eihler's uncompleted work, has finally found it's ways to Dr. McLaughlin, & he picked up the reins and took on this elaborate task. May the long over due recognition of this humble, true Patriot finally be recognized.
I feel great appreciation in all the hours Dr. McLaughlin has spent in bringing my Grandfather into a light, he himself, would have preferred not to stand in.
As a child he would sing to me, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." Dr. McLaughlin, has proven this song wrong, as Granddad continuing to live on in the pages of his book!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Truly an unsung and under-appreciated American 9 Dec. 2013
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This book is part of the welcome process of of overturning 70 years of false conventional wisdom with respect to the activities in China during and shortly after WW2. The book makes it clear that the result of Mao taking power in China and what flowed from that was foreseeable because Wedemeyer did exactly that, foresaw the results. If one had taken a longer term view of U.S. interests in China, it would have been that while it was desirable to tie down the large number of Japanese forces in China, it was the wrong place to undertake major offensive operations due to logistical difficulties and the future interests of the United states were the same as Chiang's - to eliminate the communists and prevent them from taking power.

This was the recommendation of Wedemeyer, which was naturally ignored by others who pursued the indefensibly naïve path of trying to organize a coalition with the communists.

As the author points out, too few people realize the obvious - that of had Chiang won, there would not have been a Korean War or a Vietnam War. That represents a savings of 90,000 American lives.

Wedemeyer clearly was an unsung hero, who in retrospect made the correct recommendations. It is almost too much to believe that not only was he at the center of decision making in China but also in the planning of the invasion of France. Wedemeyer, in his position in the war planning department strongly and articulately argued that the invasion of France should be carried out in 1943. He was outmaneuvered by Churchill and transferred to China as a result. If Wedemeyer's recommendation had been followed, the ill advised Italian campaign would have been avoided and the war would have ended without the Soviets occupying Eastern Europe.
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