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Veteran military journalist and author Thomas Ricks has been one of the most accomplished and trusted sources in the reporting on U.S. military activities for many years. He joined KPCC's Russ Stanton in the Crawford Family Forum to talk about his latest book, The Generals, in which he investigates the leaders of the glory days from WWII to the Korean War and on through American military history to the present. Ricks gives us a portrait of the generals who have risen to the occasion and those who have crumbled in defeat. The true heart of The Generals is about more than just the men; it is about the ideals of the American military system and the difference between success and failure of leadership in the face of war. Ricks has written two previous books which have examined American military exploits in Iraq, The Gamble and Fiasco. He has twice been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, once as part of a Wall Street Journal reporting team for a series on the U.S. military under the demands of the 21st century, and again with a team of reporters from the Washington Post for a series about the birth of the U.S. counteroffensive against terrorism. As a reporter Ricks has covered U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. We welcome Thomas Ricks to the Crawford Family Forum as he sheds light on what makes up the man with the stars on his shoulder.
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