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New York: Warner Books, 1992. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. 24 cm. x, , 610 pages. Illustrations. Maps. Note on sources. Notes. Index. Inscribed by the author (Haig). TLS from Haig transmitting the inscribed book laid in. DJ has slight wear. Minor edge soiling. Alexander Haig served six U.S. Presidents. He presents a portrait of events, from being a young Army officer under MacArthur and combat in Korea, to his rise inside the White House, to his stormy career as Nixon's last Chief of Staff and his years at NATO. Alexander M. Haig, Jr. has participated in an astounding range of historical events. Among them: the Korean War, Vietnam, the Secret War against Castro's Cuba, Watergate, Nixon's establishment of diplomatic relations with China, the events surrounding the tragic death of John F. Kennedy, and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Now Alexander Haig, the man who served six U.S. presidents, presents a fiery, fascinating portrait of these events in the order that they occurred in his life, from his post as a young Army staff officer under MacArthur and combat in Korea to his rise inside the White House, to his stormy career as Richard Nixon's last Chief of Staff and his years as a Supreme Commander of NATO. This is a memoir, a study of diplomacy, a story of history in the making, and a book of rare frankness about the way the United States government really works, Inner Circles shows world leaders as they are behind closed doors. This helps Americans understand how honorable men and women come together, clash, form alliances, and shape the policies that change our lives.
Washington DC: Air Force History and Museums Program, 1998. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. xiv, 665,  pages. Illustrations. Maps. Charts. Tables. Contributors. Index. Cover has some curving, wear and soiling. Minor damp staining at bottom edge for a few pages at the front. This volume is the third in a series of historical case studies of important air power missions and it addresses the most controversial (and arguably most significant) air power mission of all--strategic bombardment. From "Boom" Trenchard and "Billy" Mitchell to John Warden and Charles Horner, the vision of air power prophets and airmen is tested against the reality of bureaucratic inertia, aircraft capability, technological advances, and bombing accuracy. In each era a practitioner of the art appears, such as Harris, Spaatz, LeMay, or Horner, who in some measure modifies prevailing doctrine and stretches the paradigm of his time and circumstances to achieve extraordinary results.
New York: Macmillan, c1986. First Printing. Hardcover. 24 cm, 396 pages. Bibliography. Index. Stamp and pencil notes inside front board & flyleaf. Some pages highlighted/marginal note. A wide-ranging but low-key critique of the presumptively poor returns being realized on America's vast investment in defense from the Pentagon correspondent of The New York Times. Halloran has surprisingly kind words for several aspects of national defense. In particular, he's high on the caliber of the armed forces' all-volunteer personnel. The author also views the SDI (aka Star Wars) as a feasible program, albeit for the longer term. On the minus side, Halloran cites familiar targets, including unproductive interservice rivalries, the failure of US allies to share equitably in bearing mutual defense burdens, lawmakers who focus on parochial interests in voting on military expenditures, and an egregiously inefficient arms industry. He presents a lengthy and logical list of possible reforms that could not only contain the escalating cost of defense but give the taxpaying public appreciably greater security. In his view, the Pentagon should be allowed to let long-run contracts, with the defense industry regulated like a public utility by an independent commission. In the meantime. Halloran offers thoughtful, carefully documented commentary. He unobtrusively translates nukespeak lingo into layman's language. Striking examples range from ""collateral damage"" (civilian deaths) through ""decapitation"" (the killing of an enemy's leaders). Overall, a telling audit of America's overextended defenses in the Post-Vietnam era.
New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1963. 191, wraps, index, annotated bibliography, substantial yellow highlighting Written under the auspices of the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. This book is a thought provoking and realistic appraisal of how nations can best obtain their objectives without running unnecessary risks of all out war.