The Certain Trumpet: Maxwell Taylor & the American Experience in Vietnam

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Brassey's/Macmillan, 1991 - History - 252 pages
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This book concerns the American experience in Vietnam in the 1960s, focusing on one of its key figures: Maxwell Davenport Taylor. As a four-star general he served as Army chief of staff, then in John Kennedy's administration, and ultimately in the Pentagon as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Subsequently, as a civilian, he was in Saigon as ambassador to Vietnam; finally, he came back to the White House as a special consultant to President Lyndon Johnson.

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If General Taylor had never been born, Hollywood would have invented him. Handsome and brilliant, he was a professional soldier, war hero, political advisor, military theorist, ambassador, linguist ... Read full review


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Kinnard graduated from West Point in the D-Day Class of 1944 and served in combat in World War II, the Korean War, and twice in Vietnam--the latter time as a Brigadier General. He retired in 1970 to become a professor-scholar, and after receiving the Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 1973 became a member of the Political Science Faculty at the University of Vermont. While there, he took a two-year leave of absence to serve as the only civilian Chief of Military History, U.S. Army. Since becoming Emeritus Professor at Vermont he has been a Visiting Professor at a number of universities. He is also serving as a Commissioner on the American Battle Monumnets Commission, having been appointed by President Clinton.

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