In the Shadows of Victory II

America's Forgotten Military Leaders, The Spanish-American War to World War II

Thomas Phillips

"History plays tricks sometimes.”

Dwight Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt, George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, all household names forever associated with victory on the battlefield. However, during the course of America's existence, history has enshrined an exceptional few military leaders in the public's collective consciousness while sometimes overlo
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September 2017
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ISBN : 9781612005461
Pages : 288
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The history of the United States is peppered with extraordinary military leaders. Fate has enshrined an exceptional few in the public’s collective consciousness while sometimes ignoring others often equally as deserving, relegating them to footnotes at best. Though the nation owes them considerable debts, there are many examples of men whose singular leadership is now little remembered or forgotten completely.

This volume covers leaders “in the shadows” during the four major conflicts the United States engaged in from the end of the 19th century to the middle years of the 20th: the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, World War I, and World War II. It tells the stories of more than 20 individuals and chronicles their activities through conflagrations spanning five decades. To enable readers to put these exploits into proper context, each chapter traces the roots of the conflict covered and discusses the paths that led to America’s involvement.

Throughout the book, examples are also noted of leaders whose major renown is associated with a specific war—John J. Pershing, America’s towering military figure during World War I, for example—who also rendered exemplary though largely forgotten service during a different conflict (in Pershing’s case, the Philippine Insurrection). Of special interest to many audiences may be the commentaries regarding the World War I services of officers such as Eisenhower, Marshall, Patton, and Bradley—an aspect of their long military careers overshadowed by their World War II renown and too often minimized in consequence.

The book also features brief biographies of officers whose contributions, while less consequential on the world stage than those of colleagues chronicled elsewhere in these pages, are nonetheless deserving of far more recognition than has thus far been accorded them.

About The Author

During 36 years in the military, Tom Phillips led an isolated unit through a terrorist episode, ran a think tank for the Commander-in-Chief Strategic Air Command, served as the Director of the Air Force Personnel Readiness Center during Operation Desert Storm, and led some of the first American troops into Sarajevo. Following his military service, Phillips worked as a university administrator before beginning a full-time writing career. Tom is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.



1 The Spanish-American War
2 The Philippine Insurrection
3 World War I
4 World War II

Closing Thoughts
Selected Bibliography


“In the Shadows of Victory II tells the story of 20 worthy yet oft-overlooked individuals… welcome contribution to public and college library military history shelves. Also highly recommended is the first volume of the series, "In the Shadows of Victory: America's Forgotten Military Leaders, 1776-1876"”

- Midwest Book Review, November 2017

“…this is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in military leadership.”

- The NYMAS Review, Winter 2018

“This is a wonderful book which is very clear about what it wants to do and succeeds in doing it superbly.”

- Army Rumour Service

"...Phillips’s well-written narrative opens the door for readers to learn more about the officers highlighted in this study. For specialists, he offers a reference tool to build new, more in-depth studies of the commanders and the conflicts in which they participated."

- Journal of Military History

“This is a wonderful book which is very clear about what it wants to do and succeeds in doing it superbly.”

- Army Rumour Service

“Phillips’s biographic sketches are well done… certainly interesting reading and food for thought and comparison.”

- The Journal of America’s Military Past

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