Stilwell the Patriot

Vinegar Joe, the Brits, and Chiang Kai-Shek
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Aug 16, 2016
Product Number: EB00743156
Released: Nov 19, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781510703698
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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American forces in the China-India-Burma theater during World War II. Joe Stilwell, known as "Vinegar Joe" for his caustic personality, was stationed in Burma during World War II and famously differed in strategy from other commanders in his division. In retrospect analyses, it's said that if he had gotten his way, the United States might have defeated the Communists in 1945 and changed the course of history. This meticulously reached biography of Vinegar Joe presents an intimate account of his career, working as Chinese military leader Chiang Kai-shek's chief of staff, the commander of the Chinese divisions in Burma, and the deputy supreme commander of the South East Asia Command. It explores Stilwell's determination to drive a road through the jungle in order to reopen the old Burma Road, and his passion to ensure that the colossal American contribution to the Burma Campaign was not misappropriated by Chiang, his boss. In recounting Vinegar Joe's unusual escapades, historian David Rooney provides an intimate understanding of why Stilwell came to distrust and despise Chiang, and why he was fiercely critical of his fellow commanders. Simultaneously sympathetic and critical, the biography is one of a controversial American patriot. And in addition to Rooney's compelling and enlightening text, Stilwell the Patriot features fifteen black-and-white photographs and six maps. The images include photographs of Stilwell and Chiang, American tanks in Burma, and maps of where nearby battles took place.

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