But the story of Roosevelt and Marshall, as rendered by both Perry and Weintraub, is an object lesson in how even the most iron-willed president must always have strong, independent-minded commanders and, no less important, be willing to listen intently to them. View all New York Times newsletters.
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Had Marshall kept quiet to please the boss, the United States Army would not have been so well prepared when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Truman realized that firing the popular MacArthur at the nadir of a stalemated, unpopular conflict would unleash the hounds of political hell. George McClellan, who went on after his sacking to become the presidential candidate for the opposition.
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When he entered the White House in , he was probably better schooled to know both the importance and the limits of military advice than any other president of his century. His fortitude opened him to charges from Senator John F. But his decision probably meant the country was able to avoid the ruinous inflation that afflicted its economy in later years. In case that does not persuade you of how important it is to have presidents with the wisdom and experience to know when, and when not, to take military advice, it is worth remembering that Ike was the leader in who scoffed at warnings that the free world would be in peril unless we immediately went to fight in Vietnam.
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Grant and Sherman proved as felicitous a combination as Lee and Jackson, battering their way through the Confederacy from the west along the Mississippi, then working in tandem to carve it up into smaller pieces in an effort to crush the rebellion once and for all. In the end, such superior teamwork--tapping individual temperaments to best advantage--carried the day, with the joining of Lincoln's political savvy and Grant's battlefield tenacity proving an unbeatable blend of talent and expertise.
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