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Book Launch Event for "The Generals" by Thomas E. Ricks

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Published on Nov 9, 2012

The Center for a New American Security hosted the book launch for The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today by Thomas E. Ricks, CNAS Senior Fellow, on Thursday, November 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ricks discussed his study of the history of American military leaders and the growing divide between military performance and accountability. Susan Glasser, Editor in Chief of Foreign Policy, interviewed Ricks, followed by Q&A with the audience.

In The Generals , Mr. Ricks sets out to explain why history has been kind to the American generals of World War II and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed. He traces the history of military leadership culture, beginning with the Second World War and taking the reader through the evolution of a culture that neither punished mediocrity nor rewarded risk-taking. The result is a story about the transmission of values, strategic thinking and the difference between an organization that learns and one that fails.

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