Saturday, October 15, 2011

Book Review - Pershing

I am not a student of war history, but I fully enjoyed learning more about historical conflicts of 1850 to 1945 by reading Pershing, by John Perry.

John J. Pershing was an amazing soldier, who became the youngest brigadier general in history. He attended West Point and soon after moved out west to help with the Native American conflict. Unlike most military men, he was able to bring peace to the area by befriending the natives and using very wise non-violent conflict resolution. He also was a commander over the Buffalo Soldiers. He served in the Philippines, as well as being involved in the Cuba conflict in the late 1800's. He fought in France during World War II.

He was a "typical" military man when it came to his personal life. That is until he met his wife, Helen Francis Warren, daughter of a Senator Warren. As I read this book, I was thankful to John Perry for including so much of his personal life. For this is what dictates who a man really is. He and "Frankie" had 4 children. After a tragedy that took the lives of his love and his daughters, he became liberal in his private life. Many women were involved in his life. Rendezvous, if you will.

This book has been written as a great biography of a "great" man, yet, with little morals and nothing spiritually to speak of, unless you see baptism into a church as religious. His life definitely did not depict someone of great faith. Yet, you can see God's sovereignty in using him to further America and its military.

As a part of the Booksneeze bloggers network, I received a complementary copy of this book.

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