+612 9045 4394
Beetle : The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith - D. K. R. Crosswell


The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith

Hardcover Published: 21st October 2010
ISBN: 9780813126494
Number Of Pages: 1070

Other Formats

Share This Book:


or 4 easy payments of $22.63 with Learn more
Ships in 5 to 9 business days

Other Available Editions (Hide)

  • Paperback View Product Published: 12th January 2012

A valued adviser and trusted insider in the highest echelon of U.S. military and political leaders, General Walter Bedell Smith began his public service career of more than forty years at age sixteen, when he joined the Indiana National Guard. His bulldog tenacity earned him an opportunity to work with General George C. Marshall in 1941, playing an essential role in forming the offices of the Combined and Joint Chiefs of Staff; and after his appointment as chief of staff to Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1942, Smith took a central part in planning and orchestrating the major Allied operations of World War II in Europe. Among his many duties, Smith negotiated and signed the surrenders of the Italian and German armed forces on May 7, 1945.

Smith's postwar career included service as the U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and undersecretary of state. Despite his contributions to twentieth-century American military and diplomatic history, the life and work of Smith have largely gone unappreciated. In Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith, D. K. R. Crosswell offers the first full-length biography of the general, including insights into his close relationships with Marshall and Eisenhower.

Meticulously researched and long overdue, Beetle sheds new light on Eisenhower as supreme commander and the campaigns in North Africa, Italy, and Europe . Beetle is the fascinating history of a soldier, diplomat, and intelligence chief who played a central role in many decisions that altered mid-twentieth-century American history.

Industry Reviews

""There have been countless biographies of the generals of World War II, and many are excellent. This biography of Walter Bedell Smith, Eisenhower's chief of staff, is one of the best."--Antony Beevor, Wall Street Journal" --

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Epilogue as Prologue-Soldier, Diplomat, Spymaster
Soldier Turned Diplomatp. 9
Expecting the Worstp. 31
Dulles's Number Twop. 47
The Geneva Conferencep. 71
"Ike's Prat Boy"p. 95
Officership in the Army of the "Long Generation," 1917-1939
Born to Be a Soldierp. 109
The Summons to Warp. 121
"They Don't Make 'Em Any Better than Smith"p. 143
"Expunge the Bunk, Complications and Ponderosities"p. 163
The Other Class Stars Fell Onp. 175
"No One Ever Graduates"p. 191
The Towering Figure-George C. Marshall
The Chief's Apprenticep. 205
Forging the Moldp. 229
"Exceptionally Qualified for Service as Chief of Staff"p. 257
The Mediterranean Campaign
"Smith Will Save Ike"p. 287
"We Are on the Threshold of a Magnificent Success"p. 313
"Thank God You Are in London"p. 333
"We Shall Continue to Flounder"p. 355
"Allies Are Very Difficult People to Fight With"p. 387
The Many Travails of an Allied Chief of Staffp. 413
The Road to Messinap. 441
The Italian Jobp. 469
"A Feeling of Restrained Optimism"p. 497
"We Conduct Our Wars in a Most Curious Way"p. 525
France 1944
The Supreme Commandp. 551
"Enough to Drive You Mad"p. 583
"It's a Go"p. 607
Normandy Deadlockp. 627
What Has the Supreme Command Amounted To?p. 667
End the War in '44p. 695
"The Logistical Bottleneck Now Dictates Strategy"p. 735
Après le Délugep. 771
The Victory Campaign
One Desperate Blowp. 801
Déjà Vu All over Againp. 829
The German Is a Whipped Enemyp. 865
Mission Fulfilledp. 889
Marshall's Reorganized War Department General Staffp. 927
AFHQ Command and Staff Structurep. 928
SHAEF Command and Staff Structurep. 929
Notesp. 931
Sources and Further Readingp. 1045
Indexp. 1053
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780813126494
ISBN-10: 0813126495
Series: American Warriors
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1070
Published: 21st October 2010
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 16.97  x 6.45
Weight (kg): 1.66