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West Point's Class of 1915 is the academy's most important in history. The cadets of the United States Military Academy, West Point, are intimately twined with the country's history. The graduating class of 1915, the class the stars fell on, was particularly noteworthy. Of the 164 graduates that year, 59 (36%) attained the rank of general, the most of any class in. Although Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley, both five-star generals, are the most recognizable, other class members contributed significantly to the Allied victory in World War I, World War II and played key roles either in the post-war U.S. military establishment or in business and industry after World War II, especially in the Korean War and the formation of NATO. For more than half a century, these men exerted tremendous influence on the shaping of modern America, which remains substantial to this day. Individually, the stories of these military and political leaders are noteworthy. Collectively, they are astonishing. West Point, 1915 explores the achievements of this remarkable group.
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MICHAEL E. HASKEW is the editor of WWII History Magazine. He has written over a dozen books on the military history of WWII.

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"The US Military Academy at West Point, New York, has long been regarded as a 'star factory, ' and no class exemplified that designation more than the Class of 1915. Most of the members of that classa a men such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, James Van Fleet, and many morea a cut their teeth as fledgling officers during the 'Great War, ' but it was the next world conflict that propelled so many of them to greatness. Mike Haskew's thoughtful, well-written book has captured who these men were and why they were able to achieve so much. Here is a book that will rescue the educational and personal values instilled by such a fine institution from the dim recesses of time and push these leadersa a and the school that forged thema a into bright light and sharp focus. Today, as the world faces a crisis of leadership and an uncertain destination, we Americans need West Pointa a and the types of leaders it producesa a more than at any other time in many decades." - Flint Whitlock, editor, WWII Quarterly "A superb examination of how West Point turned out the military leaders who led America to victory in World War II." - Alex Kershaw, New York Times best-selling author of The Longest Winter ..". exceptional volume... West Point 1915 is a volume that has much to recommend it. Apart from the aforementioned organization, there is the fluidity and conciseness of Haskew's writing, and the exhaustive research displayed within its pages, all of which make this a highly readable volume. This is a volume that humanizes the class and praises a group who, as a whole, contributed so much to their country. - ArmchairGeneral.com "West Point 1915 is a stirring, intensely human view of the military leaders of America's Greatest Generation. Clear your calendar because this book is a captivating page turner. I could not put it down. It will be critically acclaimed and is a must read for anyone interested in the historical sinew of the United States. Tracing the lives of West Point's Class of 1915 through the seminal events of the twentieth century, Michael Haskew superbly captures the stunning contributions of the Class the Stars Fell On.' Skillfully focusing on Eisenhower and Bradley, Haskew, nonetheless, brings to life each of the class's 59 (of 164) who achieved the rank of general officer. With the passing of unofficial class scribe Colonel Edmund Det' Ellis in 1995, the collective and interwoven lives of this profound group of patriots went silenta until now. West Point 1915 is expertly researched and documented, revealing surprising little-known facts otherwise lost to literary history. Impressively tracing its way through the institution and culture of America's military during our nation's most trying times, West Point 1915 will be celebrated by all who love America and who honor those who have dedicated their lives to preserving our democracy." - Gen. Burwell B. Bell (US Army, ret.), former commander of the US Army, Europe; NATO Land Component Command; and the US/South Korean Combined Defense Command " "How did one class fight WWI, win WWII, and guide America from nation to superpower? West Point 1915 illuminates the long-lost answer. Brilliantly researched, this is an intimate glimpse at everyday heroes who led on an epic scale." - Adam Makos, New York Times best-selling author of A Higher Call "West Point 1915 is an exceptionally well-executed book. Part biography and part military history, it will certainly appeal to a diverse set of readers. But among its most valuable and perhaps most unexpected contributions is its highlighting of the parallels between the past and today." - WarOnTheRocks.com "West Point 1915 presents a most interesting look at a uniquely talented group of officers. The book should especially appeal to Academy graduates." - The Journal of America's Military Past "Insights into how great leaders of World War II became great: that's what Michael Haskew gives us, together with facts we haven't encountered before. Eisenhower and Bradley were seriously underrated during their lifetimes while some of their classmates enjoyed moments in the limelight. Haskew reminds us how important Eisenhower, Bradley, and this cohort of the Long Gray Line were. This is essential reading on leadership, the Army, and key generals to whom we owe much." - Robert F. Dorr, author of Mission to Tokyo "The men entering West Point in 1911 had no idea what the next 60 years would hold for them or the country, but as with the class of 1846, war would bring some of them a place in history and many of them a successful military career. Of the 164 cadets who graduated from West Point in 1915, 59 became generals, more than any other class before or since. Through the course of two world wars, Korea, and the Cold War, Haskew follows the careers of some of the graduates, most in quick sketches. But, as the title indicates, this book is devoted to Dwight D. Eisenhower, and to a lesser degree, to Omar Bradley." - MHQ, Military History Quarterly "The story of the Class of 1915 is relayed to the reader in smooth prose which really relates what these officers thought and experienced. History often overlooks the fact that these menwere human beings who had worries and fears about the future; sometimes their ascent to general rank was less than smooth. A major strength of this book is that it shows them as otherwise normal people who rose through determination and skill. The officers covered in these pages can be related to. The reader can see how such people, of mainly common origin, rise to command armies and determine the fate of nations." - WWII History Magazine "If, as the Duke of Wellington said, the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton, then the Battle of D-Day was won on the reviewing plains of West Point, where Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and the rest of the remarkable Class of 1915 learned the leadership skills necessary to lead massive numbers of Allied soldiers to victory. Mike Haskew's crisply written, well-organized account of the class the stars fell on' reminds us again that true leaders are both born and made, and that ordinary men may rise to extraordinary heights, given the proper background, training and experience. West Point 1915 pays fitting tribute to all these factors, while never losing sight of the essential humanity of the men who wore the stars." - Roy Morris Jr., editor, Civil War Quarterly " ""West Point 1915" is an exceptionally well-executed book. Part biography and part military history, it will certainly appeal to a diverse set of readers. But among its most valuable and perhaps most unexpected contributions is its highlighting of the parallels between the past and today." - "WarOnTheRocks.com" "West Point 1915 presents a most interesting look at a uniquely talented group of officers. The book should especially appeal to Academy graduates." "- The Journal of America's Military Past" "If, as the Duke of Wellington said, the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton, then the Battle of D-Day was won on the reviewing plains of West Point, where Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and the rest of the remarkable Class of 1915 learned the leadership skills necessary to lead massive numbers of Allied soldiers to victory. Mike Haskew's crisply written, well-organized account of the class the stars fell on' reminds us again that true leaders are both born and made, and that ordinary men may rise to extraordinary heights, given the proper background, training and experience. "West Point 1915" pays fitting tribute to all these factors, while never losing sight of the essential humanity of the men who wore the stars." - Roy Morris Jr., editor, "Civil War Quarterly"" "The US Military Academy at West Point, New York, has long been regarded as a star factory, ' and no class exemplified that designation more than the Class of 1915. Most of the members of that classa a men such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, James Van Fleet, and many morea a cut their teeth as fledgling officers during the Great War, ' but it was the next world conflict that propelled so many of them to greatness. Mike Haskew's thoughtful, well-written book has captured who these men were and why they were able to achieve so much. Here is a book that will rescue the educational and personal values instilled by such a fine institution from the dim recesses of time and push these leadersa a and the school that forged thema a into bright light and sharp focus. Today, as the world faces a crisis of leadership and an uncertain destination, we Americans need West Pointa a and the types of leaders it producesa a more than at any other time in many decades." - Flint Whitlock, editor, "WWII Quarterly"" "The men entering West Point in 1911 had no idea what the next 60 years would hold for them or the country, but as with the class of 1846, war would bring some of them a place in history and many of them a successful military career. Of the 164 cadets who graduated from West Point in 1915, 59 became generals, more than any other class before or since. Through the course of two world wars, Korea, and the Cold War, Haskew follows the careers of some of the graduates, most in quick sketches. But, as the title indicates, this book is devoted to Dwight D. Eisenhower, and to a lesser degree, to Omar Bradley." - "MHQ, Military History Quarterly" ""West Point 1915" is a stirring, intensely human view of the military leaders of America's Greatest Generation. Clear your calendar because this book is a captivating page turner. I could not put it down. It will be critically acclaimed and is a must read for anyone interested in the historical sinew of the United States. Tracing the lives of West Point's Class of 1915 through the seminal events of the twentieth century, Michael Haskew superbly captures the stunning contributions of the Class the Stars Fell On.' Skillfully focusing on Eisenhower and Bradley, Haskew, nonetheless, brings to life each of the class's 59 (of 164) who achieved the rank of general officer. With the passing of unofficial class scribe Colonel Edmund Det' Ellis in 1995, the collective and interwoven lives of this profound group of patriots went silenta until now. "West Point 1915" is expertly researched and documented, revealing surprising little-known facts otherwise lost to literary history. Impressively tracing its way through the institution and culture of America's military during our nation's most trying times, "West Point 1915" will be celebrated by all who love America and who honor those who have dedicated their lives to preserving our democracy." - Gen. Burwell B. Bell (US Army, ret.), former commander of the US Army, Europe; NATO Land Component Command; and the US/South Korean Combined Defense Command" ..". exceptional volume... West Point 1915 is a volume that has much to recommend it. Apart from the aforementioned organization, there is the fluidity and conciseness of Haskew's writing, and the exhaustive research displayed within its pages, all of which make this a highly readable volume. This is a volume that humanizes the class and praises a group who, as a whole, contributed so much to their country. - "ArmchairGeneral.com" "How did one class fight WWI, win WWII, and guide America from nation to superpower? "West Point 1915" illuminates the long-lost answer. Brilliantly researched, this is an intimate glimpse at everyday heroes who led on an epic scale." - Adam Makos, "New York Times" best-selling author of "A Higher Call" "The story of the Class of 1915 is relayed to the reader in smooth prose which really relates what these officers thought and experienced. History often overlooks the fact that these menwere human beings who had worries and fears about the future; sometimes their ascent to general rank was less than smooth. A major strength of this book is that it shows them as otherwise normal people who rose through determination and skill. The officers covered in these pages can be related to. The reader can see how such people, of mainly common origin, rise to command armies and determine the fate of nations." - "WWII History Magazine" "A superb examination of how West Point turned out the military leaders who led America to victory in World War II." - Alex Kershaw, "New York Times" best-selling author of "The Longest Winter" "Insights into how great leaders of World War II became great: that's what Michael Haskew gives us, together with facts we haven't encountered before. Eisenhower and Bradley were seriously underrated during their lifetimes while some of their classmates enjoyed moments in the limelight. Haskew reminds us how important Eisenhower, Bradley, and this cohort of the Long Gray Line were. This is essential reading on leadership, the Army, and key generals to whom we owe much." - Robert F. Dorr, author of "Mission to Tokyo"

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