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[Reading] ➶ Beetle  Author D.K.R. Crosswell – Dcrjservices.co.uk chapter 1 Beetle , meaning Beetle , genre Beetle , book cover Beetle , flies Beetle , Beetle f2fca3000763c A Valued Adviser And Trusted Insider In The Highest Echelon Of U.S 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 1941, 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 1942, 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 7, 1945.Smith S Postwar Career Included Service As The U.S 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 Eisenhower.Meticulously 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

  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 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...


  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 tex...


  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 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 dec...


  4. says:

    If I had tried reading this book than 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 been familiar 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...


  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 is than 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 de...


  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 ...


  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 discuss...


  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.