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Swords and Plowshares

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In this autobiographical history of the life, political career, and in-depth war account of General Maxwell D. Taylor, Swords and Plowshares is a comprehensive, firsthand account of the US Military and political career of Taylor, told while he was the head of the 101st Airborne Division.

For any paratrooper wanting to deepen their understanding of the relationship between the military on the frontline and governing bodies, Swords and Plowshares is a must-read. 

Author General Taylor, having commanded the Arnhem drop in Holland on D-Day, 1944, parachuting into France, and fighting in defense of Basting in the Bulge, takes you from the first page onward right into battle with his troops. As he immerses the reader in this first-person story of his own battles in the war, he also sheds light on the inner workings of the government on each historically accurate occasion.  

Throughout Swords and Plowshares, youll read through General Taylors personal accounts, views, and fact-by-fact tales ofvarious historical figures—from a side that isnt often covered in the history books. He covers tell-alls about political figures like Dwight Eisenhower, the Kennedys and General Westmoreland.

A book fit for paratroopers and military everywhere, Taylor offers other side-of-the-story opinions on his contrasting thoughts about modern warfare, winning wars, and how to maintain peace between countries. This book doesn’t just tell you story, but it brings you to speculate, offers curious questions, and makes you consider more than what you see on the surface.

Highlighting a life of action, dedication, and military strategy, Swords and Plowshares is the birds-eye perspective of the Cold War, Korean War, and Vietnam. These inner-workings from his autobiographical standpoint offer a new POV, showing how involved the government, presidential administrations, and the political stand front can make an impacting, lasting difference in the way war is run. 

Who is the author? Named one of the great American military geniuses of recent history, General Maxwell D. Taylor fought in Sicily, Italy, and France during World War II. He also commanded in Holland, Berlin, and Korea, was the superintendent of West Point and was the Army Chief of Staff during Eisenhowers time in office. He was also chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Kennedy and the key advisor under President Johnson.

 

 


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