The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Heresy from a Man of Action

Retired General Maxwell D. Taylor is an intellectual soldier who examines global trouble spots from the heights. His view of the struggle below goes far beyond armies. He sees U.S. national security concerns in terms of critical raw materials and the potential collisions of exploding populations as well as in numbers of tanks and planes. The author of The Uncertain Trumpet, which questioned the doctrine of massive nuclear retaliation, sounds a compelling note in a plan for national strength that comes not only from scholarship but from a life of action.

As a U.S. Army captain, Taylor hiked the dusty...

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