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[Reading] ➶ Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith Author D.K.R. Crosswell – Dcrjservices.co.uk chapter 1 Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith, meaning Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith, genre Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith, book cover Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith, flies Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith, Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith f2fca3000763c A Valued Adviser And Trusted Insider In The Highest Echelon Of US Military And Political Leaders, General Walter Bedell Smith Began His Public Service Career Of 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 , 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 , 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 , Smith S Postwar Career Included Service As The US 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 BeetleThe 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 EisenhowerMeticulously Researched And Long Overdue, Beetle Sheds New Light On Eisenhower As Supreme Commander And The Campaigns In North Africa, Italy, And EuropeBeetle 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


10 thoughts on “Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith

  1. says:

    This is a tome a door stop but I do recommend it It tells the story of World War II through the eyes of the American generals who were in charge Walter Bedell Smith was the ultimate insider and except for his name probably being the inspiration of the cartoon Beetle Smith, you never hear him mentioned historically They talk about Ike, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery but never Smith He was Eisenhower s right hand and left hand man, the go to guy to talk with Roosevelt and Churchill He did l This is a tome a door stop but I do recommend it It tells the story of World War II through the eyes of the American generals who were in charge Walter Bedell Smith was the ultimate insider and except for his name probably being the inspiration of the cartoon Beetle Smith, you never hear him mentioned historically They talk about Ike, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery but never Smith He was Eisenhower s right hand and left hand man, the go to guy to talk with Roosevelt and Churchill He did lots of the dirtly work for Eisenhower and had the ulcers to prove it What was particularly fascinating is how World War II was being run by a huge bureacracy It s amazing that anything ever was accomplished with some many layers of decisions that needed to be made The description of Ike is not particulary flattering He is the first president I can remember If this book has been written before he ran for President, well he wouldn t have been elected It gives a totally different view of General Omar Bradley from how he is portrayed in the movie PATTON Again, not flattering It portrays the British as initially fighting for their existence and then once that was assured, fighting to keep their position as a major world power against the up and coming United States It was a futile battle


  2. says:

    Let me first say I am biased by the fact that Dr Crosswell, the author of this book, was one of my professors and a man I greatly admire That being said, this is an immensely comprehensive and interesting historical work Yes, it is very acronym heavy, but it is a work that simply needs to be It is a historical text, intended for those with scholarly interest in history It may not be for the regular Joe who enjoys history then again it may be for some , but it is an incredible work by an in Let me first say I am biased by the fact that Dr Crosswell, the author of this book, was one of my professors and a man I greatly admire That being said, this is an immensely comprehensive and interesting historical work Yes, it is very acronym heavy, but it is a work that simply needs to be It is a historical text, intended for those with scholarly interest in history It may not be for the regular Joe who enjoys history then again it may be for some , but it is an incredible work by an incredible historian Dr Crosswell has an amazing understanding for, and a seemingly endless knowledge of, history not only WWII, but history in general , and this book is a clear example of that


  3. says:

    Good grief, this was huge I lost interest sometime in 1942, and skipped ahead to the part I wanted to read the 1944 NW Europe campaign There is where the author did good work in analyzing the workings or not of SHAEF and General Smith Unfortunately, it seemed like there were two books here at least , and the one that was the biography of Smith was way overshadowed.I had difficulty whenever the book tried to cover the snarled lines of supply that bedeviled the Allies in 1944 The author ma Good grief, this was huge I lost interest sometime in 1942, and skipped ahead to the part I wanted to read the 1944 NW Europe campaign There is where the author did good work in analyzing the workings or not of SHAEF and General Smith Unfortunately, it seemed like there were two books here at least , and the one that was the biography of Smith was way overshadowed.I had difficulty whenever the book tried to cover the snarled lines of supply that bedeviled the Allies in 1944 The author may have been as confused as I was, because I could not make heads or tails of what the problem was, what the suggested solution was, or what the results were I did gather that Eisenhower didn t want to make a hard decision, and so left a lot of things lie.The Eisenhower that emerges here, by the way, is a very different one than I have sometimes read, but agrees with other detractors As I said above, he tried to avoid hard decisions, and preferred to hide behind woolly memos that weren t really orders


  4. says:

    If I had tried reading this bookthan five years ago, I would have found it boring Beetle provided some great insight into how the European theater of WWII was managed The story provided yet another data point of amazement that anything ever gets accomplished The author did not paint a very favorable picture of Dwight D Eisenhower, but it did echo observations shared in Korda s Ike Neither author thought much of Montgomery The face of the military I ve beenfamiliar with in th If I had tried reading this bookthan five years ago, I would have found it boring Beetle provided some great insight into how the European theater of WWII was managed The story provided yet another data point of amazement that anything ever gets accomplished The author did not paint a very favorable picture of Dwight D Eisenhower, but it did echo observations shared in Korda s Ike Neither author thought much of Montgomery The face of the military I ve beenfamiliar with in the past is the visage of troops on the line This book tells the story of all the support, or lack of in some cases, the headquarters provides A lot of time is spent on Bedell s attempt to unify various support commands under SHAEF s span of control It didn t work The book is incredibly dense, but I found it enlightening While the book is the life of , it spends the bulk of its pages on Bedell s experiences in World War II.Overall, as a relatively new manager and leader, I enjoyed reading it and learned a lot


  5. says:

    Crosswell has done a masterful job recounting the war from the perspective of Eisenhower s Chief of Staff The book is extremely well researched and written in a very readable format The author recognizes historical controversies and presents a well balanced accounting of each This isthan just a biography of Walter Bedell Smith, it is a wonderful account of the war from the perspective of the Allied headquarters Crosswell also adds solid historical analysis that puts events and decision Crosswell has done a masterful job recounting the war from the perspective of Eisenhower s Chief of Staff The book is extremely well researched and written in a very readable format The author recognizes historical controversies and presents a well balanced accounting of each This isthan just a biography of Walter Bedell Smith, it is a wonderful account of the war from the perspective of the Allied headquarters Crosswell also adds solid historical analysis that puts events and decisions in perspective He does a commendable job of limiting national or emotional bias in this book, which is something usually missing from niographies.I highly recommend this book to the serious student of the Second World War


  6. says:

    For me, this book was a second rate biography of Eisenhower, and.a third rate biography of Smith I did not come away with much feeling of who Smith was, and what he truly thought and felt about all he did What I did get was a very tedious description of Allied headquarters, and further confirmation that the Germans lost the war, and the Americans just happened to be in Europe around that time Other than his bleeding gut, what did Smith feel The book never answers that question for meBecau For me, this book was a second rate biography of Eisenhower, and.a third rate biography of Smith I did not come away with much feeling of who Smith was, and what he truly thought and felt about all he did What I did get was a very tedious description of Allied headquarters, and further confirmation that the Germans lost the war, and the Americans just happened to be in Europe around that time Other than his bleeding gut, what did Smith feel The book never answers that question for meBecause of the amount of facts and details provided, one has to really WANT to read this book


  7. says:

    Biography of Eisenhower s chief of staff during WWII About 20% of the book was about Beetle The other 80% was about decisions made at Allied Headquarters during the war There were many new facts presented about those decisions Some of the discussion was related to organization of the supply situation and was filled with acronyms which seemed to require previous knowledge.


  8. says:

    Very dense and went to great pains to boost General Smith at Eisenhower s expense, but a good read for those wanting an inside baseball view of command and politics in the post war world.