Book Review: Command Missions: A Personal Story by Lucian K. Truscott Jr.

Command Missions: A Personal Story by Lucian K. Truscott Jr. is a book that I would like to rate higher than I have, but technical issues in the Kindle edition that I read prevent it. Truscott is an admirable figure and there is much to learn from him in this book. I found his account of his career and postings during World War II to be a terrific account of the war from a staff and command perspective. His account is even-handed, even in regards to others with whom he obviously had issues with. He wrote about successes, mistakes, and failures, taking responsibility when it was his fault and often crediting others with successes. Reading this book, you learn not only about his experiences but about what went into planning and commanding an amphibious assault or a campaign and you learn lessons in leadership and command. The big problem is that the Kindle edition is so beset with technical errors in the conversion from print to digital that it is distracting, you constantly have to reread passages to determine what Truscott meant, not what the digital conversion put on the page.

I highly recommend this book, but don’t bother with the Kindle edition, find it in print. If I had read the print edition it would easily be a five star review, but the conversion issues reduce the Kindle edition review to a three – they’re that bad.

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