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“Team America: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, Eisenhower, and the World They Forged” by Robert L. O’Connell (Harper)Insightful and informative, military historian Robert L. O’Connell’s latest book carries a title that might evoke in today’s readers a group of superheroes bent on saving the free world — in this case four Army generals transforming the United States into a global peacekeeper.O’Connell prefers to cast them as a military “murderers’ row,” a 1920s baseball analogy for formidable talent that his subjects would undoubtedly have appreciated.

But these four men — George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall and Dwight D.

Eisenhower — had powers far beyond mere bat-wielding mortals in Yankee pinstripes.There was Patton’s battlefield audaciousness, MacArthur’s ego and luck, Marshall’s organizational genius, and Eisenhower’s persuasive personality — even back then everybody liked Ike. They also shared the ability to think strategically, not to mention the traits of diligence, intelligence and ambition, all while the world teetered under the threat of totalitarianism.America at the turn of the 20th century sets the quartet’s origin stories. Eisenhower was a Kansas boy of modest means who saw the U.S.

Military Academy as “free college.” Patton was a rich kid who started at the Virginia Military Institute, then landed a coveted spot at West Point. Marshall graduated from VMI, then personally lobbied President William McKinley for a commission. The biggest challenge faced MacArthur: living up to the reputation of his father, a Civil War hero.

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“Team America: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, Eisenhower, and the World They Forged” by Robert L. O’Connell (Harper)Insightful and informative, military historian Robert L. O’Connell’s latest book carries a title that might evoke in today’s readers a group of superheroes bent on saving the free world — in this case four Army generals transforming the United States into a global peacekeeper.O’Connell prefers to cast them as a military “murderers’ row,” a 1920s baseball analogy for formidable talent that his subjects would undoubtedly have appreciated.
Coleen Rooney took the stand in her High Court trial against Rebekah Vardy admitting she “accepts” that leaks could have come from other sources.Mrs Rooney gave evidence on day five of the High Court libel case brought by Mrs Vardy, who denies leaking private information about her to the Sun.Despite the omission, Coleen, 36, claimed she still believes Rebekah Vardy was The Secret WAG - or heavily behind the controversial leaks that landed the pair in court.Vardy’s lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson, also heard Coleen accept that nothing from her private Instagram account had appeared in the column and it had been kind to her.But she said she believed that was a `distraction' to put people off guessing who was behind it.She said she believed a story about her going back into TV was a leak from her account - though now she accepted it may have come from another source.“I don't even know whether I will go back into TV,'' she said.Rooney said the next published leak of a fake story was about her flooded basement.“The story was fake,'' she said.“There was nothing to it.''Afterwards, Rooney posted on her private Instagram: “Don't play games with a girl who can play better.''Tomlinson asked why.Coleen said: “I felt like I'd found out who it was.“It was a quote that I found and put it up. It is just something that I did.''Tomlinson asked if she had considered telling Vardy before publicly exposing her.Coleen added: “No.

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