General Maxwell Taylor: The Sword and the Pen (Hardcover) by John M. Taylor


Maxwell Taylor, the U.S. general who wanted to “stick it out” in Vietnam at almost any price, emerges, inadvertently perhaps, in his son’s dry, plodding biography as a man who didn’t learn from experience. The military stalemate in Korea, over which the general presided, was to him “confirmation that the U.S. could confront Communist aggression virtually anywhere in the world and bring about at least an acceptable conclusion.” Years after he played a key role in the Cuban missile crisis, Taylor romanticized the event, denying that there was any chance it could have led to a world war. As U.S. ambassador to Vietnam under Johnson, he invoked Eisenhower’s “domino theory,” warning of the loss of all Southeast Asia. The author also credits his father with pioneering the military strategy of “flexible response.” The early chapters dealing with Taylor’s heroism in WW II will especially interest military buffs. Photos.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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