Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times

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Brassey's, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 429 pages
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He has been called the greatest American general since U.S. Grant (by Sir Robert Thompson) and the world's champion tank commander (by Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.). Yet the general public knows relatively little about this man who, for more than four decades, in three wars and in peacetime, demonstrated the skill, courage, integrity, and compassion that made him a legend in his profession. In Thunderbolt, Lewis Sorley brings us the definitive biography of Gen. Creighton Abrams, the man who commanded U.S. forces in Vietnam during the withdrawal stage and for whom the Army's main battle tank is named. This new Brassey's Five-Star Paperback places the complex and sophisticated Abrams and his many achievements within the context of the Army he served and ultimately led, and of the national and international events in which he played a vital role. It is a stirring portrait of the quintessential soldier and of the transformation of the U.S. Army from the horse brigades of the 1930s to the high-tech military force that ultimately emerged victorious in the Gulf War.

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THUNDERBOLT: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A fine appreciation of the military professional who arguably ranks among America's very best generals. Drawing on interviews with contemporaries and family members as well as on archival sources ... Read full review

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User Review  - ChrisElyea - LibraryThing

This is a full biography of General Abrams. Abrams was a leader in the development of armoured doctrine before, during, and after World War II. He made a name for himself by leading from his tank as a ... Read full review



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Lewis Sorley is a third-generation graduate of the United States Military Academy who also holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. He served in Vietnam, and in the Pentagon in the offices of Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger and Army Chief of Staff General William C. Westmoreland. He also taught at West Point and the Army War College. He is the author of five highly-regarded works of military history.

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