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Hi, I am back. I had a great August — not so much a vacation, as a retreat to begin serious work on my next book, looking at American generalship from World War II to the present. Right now I am deep into the Army’s operations in 1944. On the one hand, the more I ...

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Hi, I am back. I had a great August -- not so much a vacation, as a retreat to begin serious work on my next book, looking at American generalship from World War II to the present. Right now I am deep into the Army's operations in 1944. On the one hand, the more I learn, the less I think of Omar Bradley's concept of leadership. Yet I suspect he was indeed the right guy for the job, or at least the best available.

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Hi, I am back. I had a great August — not so much a vacation, as a retreat to begin serious work on my next book, looking at American generalship from World War II to the present. Right now I am deep into the Army’s operations in 1944. On the one hand, the more I learn, the less I think of Omar Bradley’s concept of leadership. Yet I suspect he was indeed the right guy for the job, or at least the best available.

Flickr user FaceMePLS

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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