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Title Stilwell the patriot : Vinegar Joe, the Brits, and Chiang Kai-Shek / David Rooney ; foreword by John S. Major.
Author Rooney, D. D. (Douglas David), author.
Publication New York : Skyhorse Publishing, 2016.
Edition First Skyhorse Publishing edition.
Description 262 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Call # 940.5425 R
Note Originally published: London: Greenhill Books, 2005.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Forerword to the paperback edition / Joh S. Major -- Preface -- Early days -- 2. The China station -- 3. Pearl Harbor and after -- 4. The retreat from Burma -- 5. Taking stock -- 6. Regrouping -- 7. 1943: more frustration -- 8. The Cairo Conference -- 9. Back to Burma -- 10. March-April 1944: crisis -- 11. The drive to Myitkyina -- 12. The battle for Myitkyina -- 13. Wider issues -- 14. Showdown in Chungking -- 15. Finale -- 16. Retrospect.
Summary "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."--Back cover.
Subject Stilwell, Joseph Warren, 1883-1946.
United States. Army -- Officers -- Biography.
Stilwell, Joseph Warren, 1883-1946. (OCoLC)fst00081724
United States. Army. (OCoLC)fst00533532
World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
Generals -- United States -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Burma.
World War, 1939-1945 -- China.
Armed Forces -- Officers. (OCoLC)fst00814617
Generals. (OCoLC)fst00939841
Military campaigns. (OCoLC)fst01710190
Burma. (OCoLC)fst01207835
China. (OCoLC)fst01206073
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
1939-1945
Genre Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Addl. Author Major, John S., writer of introduction.
ISBN 9781510703605 (paperback)
1510703608 (paperback)

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