General Fox Conner: Pershing's Chief of Operations and Eisenhower's Mentor (Leadership in Action) (Hardcover)

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General Fox Conner: Pershing's Chief of Operations and Eisenhower's Mentor (Leadership in Action) (Hardcover)


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Not many people today are familiar with Major General Fox Conner, John J. Pershing’s chief adviser in WWI.   Conner graduated 17th in his class at West Point and became a prominent military intellectual who influenced many of WWII’s greatest leaders.   Fewer people still know that Conner was born and raised in nearby Slate Springs, Calhoun County, Mississippi.    Early readers of this new biography are very enthusiastic about it.

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What a great book that covers a great soldier and general. -- Huntington B. "Hunt" Downer, Jr., Major General, USA, Retired

Winner of the 2016 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award.

Fox Conner presents the portrait of the quintessential man behind the scenes in U.S. military history. John J. Pershing considered Fox Conner to have been "a brilliant solider" and "one of the finest characters our Army has ever produced." During World War I, General Conner served as chief of operations for the American Expeditionary Force in Europe. Pershing told Conner: "I could have spared any other man in the A.E.F. better than you."

Dwight D. Eisenhower viewed Fox Conner, as "the outstanding soldier of my time." In the early 1920s, Conner transformed his prot g Eisenhower from a struggling young officer on the verge of a court martial into one of the American army's rising stars. Eisenhower acknowledged Fox Conner as "the one more or less invisible figure to whom I owe an incalculable debt." This book presents the first complete biography of this significant, but now forgotten, figure in American military history.

In addition to providing a unique insider's view into the operations of the American high command during World War I, Fox Conner also tells the story of an interesting life. Conner felt a calling to military service, although his father had been blinded during the Civil War. From humble beginnings in rural Mississippi, Conner became one of the army's intellectuals. During the 1920s, when most of the nation slumbered in isolationism, Conner predicted a second world war. As the nation began to awaken to new international dangers in the 1930s, President Roosevelt offered Fox Conner the position of army chief of staff, which he declined. Poor health prevented his participation in World War II, while others whom he influenced, including Eisenhower, Patton, and Marshall, went on to fame.
Product Details ISBN: 9781612003979
ISBN-10: 1612003974
Publisher: Casemate
Publication Date: October 13th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Leadership in Action