War by Land, Sea, and Air
Dwight Eisenhower and the Concept of Unified Command
May 31, 2011
400 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
In this book a retired U.S. Army colonel and military historian takes a fresh look at Dwight D. Eisenhower’s lasting military legacy, in light of his evolving approach to the concept of unified command. Examining Eisenhower’s career from his West Point years to the passage of the 1958 Defense Reorganization Act, David Jablonsky explores Eisenhower’s efforts to implement a unified command in the U.S. military—a concept that eventually led to the current organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and that, almost three decades after Eisenhower’s presidency, played a major role in defense reorganization under the Goldwater-Nichols Act. In the new century, Eisenhower’s approach continues to animate reform discussion at the highest level of government in terms of the interagency process.
“. . .a strong book for serious readers.”--Library Journal
“Well-written and well-researched . . . a relatively short history that not only serves as an effective military biography but also as a primer on efforts at military unification in the aftermath of the war . . . Rewarding.”—Lieutenant Joel I. Holwitt, U.S. Navy, Proceedings