Thursday, August 9, 2007

John M. Schofield and the Politics of Generalship

John M. Schofield and the Politics of Generalship by Donald B. Connelly

About the author "Donald B. Connelly is associate professor of joint and multinational operations at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. A retired U.S. Army military intelligence officer, he has also served as historian at U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida."

Excerpt from Book jacket: "In the first full biography of Lieutenant General John McAllister Schofield (1831-1906), Donald Connelly examines the career of one of the leading commanders in the western theater during the Civil War and the role of politics in the formulation of military policy during both war and peace in the latter half of the nineteenth century." "Connelly relates how Schofield, as a department commander, had to cope with contending political factions that sought to shape military and civil policies. Following the war, Schofield occupied every senior position in the army - including secretary of war and commanding general of the army - and became a leading champion of army reform and professionalism. He was the first senior officer to recognize that professionalism would come not from the separation of politics and the military but from the army's accommodation of politics and the often contentious American constitutional system."

Book review: Journal of American History

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