Tom Ricks on Firing Generals

Tom Ricks has a new book out on American military leadership, entitled, The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today.

NPR has done an interview with Ricks on his book, and particularly on the issue of when and how generals have been removed from command. Ricks argues that civilians leaders should be more willing to remove generals who fail to perform.

I have not yet been able to read this new book, but look forward to reviewing it. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in the history of military organizations, command, and leadership may want to check out this book.

Update: Tom Ricks has commented on the Petraeus scandal and resignation in an interview on NPR.  This interview seems to present an interesting counterpoint to his recent work on firing generals.

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