Item description for Marching On: A General's Tales of War and Diplomacy by Gordon Sumner Jr....
This book provides vignettes of the author's experiences that will be of great interest to anyone interested in America's involvement in world affairs beginning with World War II to the present. As seen through the eyes of a participant, General Sumner tells his "war stories" in a most politically incorrect style. While this is not an autobiography in the conventional sense, the book does trace a rather unusual military career through three wars and an ambassadorship, with excursions into other exciting events of the period. General Sumner's career spans not only three wars as a participant, but also nearly a decade of diplomatic and political-military service.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Publisher Red Anvil Press
ISBN 1932762205 ISBN13 9781932762204
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Speaking Out on War and Diplomacy Mar 21, 2005
In his book "Marching On: A General's Tales of War and Diplomacy" (Red Anvil Press, www.elderberrypress.com), Lieutenant General Gordon Sumner, Jr. (US Army, retired) writes an illuminating memoir of his experiences on the battlefield and as a special envoy for President Ronald Reagan. It provides personal insights of a rising officer on the evolution of the US Army from World War II through the Cold War--including his roles in the Korean, Vietnam, and Yom Kippur wars, as well as in the armed conflicts in Central America.
General Sumner's book also sheds light on the political minefields military officers sometimes encounter upon entering the culture of diplomacy.
Gen. Sumner writes that when he was a three-star general heading for perhaps four or even five stars, he asked to be retired from active duty (which was granted) during the administration of President Jimmy Carter, in great part because of Gen. Sumner's disagreement in principle with President Carter over the way the Panama Canal treaties were written.
According to Gen. Sumner, on page 89 of "Marching On," the US military's then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. George Brown informed him in the presence of another high-ranking officer that "if I would testify [before Congress] in favor of the treaties, I would be promoted to four-star rank and posted to NATO....I informed General Brown that I was opposed to the treaties as written and would so testify. He could take the promotion and `shove it,' in more elegant language."
This stand was a reason that led Gen. Sumner out the door during the Carter administration, but it evidently helped open the door for him to be named ambassador-at-large for Latin America by President Reagan. While some of Gen. Sumner's bureaucratic rivals may have shaken their heads at Gen. Sumner's rise, other people could find refreshing what they may see as Gen. Sumner's outspoken, unafraid willingness to rock the boat when apparently necessary.
Whether refusing to testify in favor of something he doesn't believe in--even though such politically-related testimony before Congress could get him promoted--or escaping from Chinese soldiers who briefly captured him as a young man wounded in savage combat during the Korean War, Gen. Sumner shows in his book "Marching On" that he is not going to take any guff.
While General Sumner rose to three stars during a long career of very distinguished service in the US Army, he can be awarded five stars for speaking his mind.
An American Hero Dec 3, 2004
"Marching On" by Gordon Sumner is more than just a book of war recollections. It is the ultimate American story of a man from humble beginnings who through strength of character and determination climbs to the very top of American politics and diplomacy. Sumner speaks with refreshing frankness of the people he met in his long and interesting career. His stories are entertainingly informative and in some cases shocking. He takes you "behind the curtain" to view events that still affect our world today. It's a great read!
Well worth buying Nov 15, 2004
As a veteran, I enjoyed reading about General Sumner's experiences during his military and diplomatic careers. However, you do not need a military background to enjoy the amusing chapters as well as the more solemn ones. The book presents vignettes of never before recounted historical events that occurred during three wars and the peace. I particularly liked the chapter describing General Sumner's disgust with Jimmie Carter's Reception.
The book is an easy read with pictures to supplement the stories. It well worth buying!
Marching On Oct 8, 2004
History buffs and casual readers alike will enjoy this accounting of General Sumner's experiences during his remarkable career. Humorous incidents recounted bring the realities of military life to light, while the General's participation in events of great importance to the country and the world are explained in a fashion seldom heard or seen in the current historical context. One will better understand the workings of the military and the decision-making process so crucial to the country's survival after reading this book.
A soldier's view of history and politics Sep 30, 2004
From Korea, when he is encircled and captured by the Chicoms to the halls of the Pentagon, from the Panama invasion to Israeli spying, to Carter's cold reception at the White House, Sumner tells it like it is. This slim volume is a sucker punch to the gut of conventional wisdom. Read it if you dare.