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West Point ’41
The Class That Went to War and Shaped America
Anne Kazel-Wilcox, PJ Wilcox; Lt. Gen. Edward L. Rowny, (Ret.), contrib.; Brigadier General (ret.) U.S. Army Michael J. Meese, fwd.

ForeEdge from University Press of New England
2014 • 372 pp. 36 illus., 2 maps 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
World War II / Korean War / Military Biography

$29.95 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-469-8

$12.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-572-5

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“An enjoyable and fresh contribution to documenting the experiences of America’s ‘Greatest Generation.’” —Publishers Weekly

The inspiring true story of the West Point class of ’41, which graduated into combat leadership in World War II and went on to shape policy in Korea, during the Cold War, and in Vietnam

Bataan. North Africa. Sicily. Omaha Beach. The Ardennes. West Point 41: The Class That Went to War and Shaped America is an uplifting story of ordinary young men in extraordinary times, in extraordinary places, who graduated directly into the teeth of battle and displayed unwavering leadership, honor, duty, and determination. From Sandy Nininger, awarded the first Medal of Honor of World War II for his actions leading Philippine Scouts in the early days of the war, to Charlie Fletcher, Ed Rowny, Paul Skowronek, Herb Stern, and dozens of others who quickly found themselves leading companies, battalions, and regiments, these young officers struggled with the fog and terror of war and early command. In a postwar era of unprecedented military latitude, they helped shape defense strategy, led development of America’s rocket programs, and created the theory and practice of helicopter airmobile combat that came to dominate in Vietnam. In Europe, Asia, and with the Soviets, 41ers practiced diplomacy and tradecraft as architects of American Cold War policy. All the while, they clung tightly to tenets of duty and moral courage inculcated at West Point: often tested, but holding firm to the bonds that make up the “Long Gray Line.”

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“A fascinating read about brave men who were not only soldiers but often diplomats and scientists who played a large role in forming the last half of the twentieth century.”—Larry King

West Point ’41 is an absorbing book about an emerging generation of leaders faced with extraordinary challenges in times of war and peace. Never has a book about one group of officers been so illuminating and far-reaching in scope.”—Fred Kempe, author of Berlin 1961

“The memories, adventures, and introspections of the West Point Class of 1941 are unique to the literature of conflict and a valuable insight to the workings of the military system.”—Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, U.S. Army (Ret.)


“Names, faces, weapons, technology, and tactics may vary, but character crosses generational gaps and provides an everlasting feature that should be studied. This book is a roadmap with pictures of what character really is.”—John A. Fernandez, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army (Ret.), USMA 2001, and spokesperson for wounded veterans

“This magnificent book superbly tells why this class should be so admired. Like my father, these officers were filled with inspiration and innovation . . . . A remarkable story of courage and belief in ‘Duty, Honor, Country.’”—Barbara Gavin Fauntleroy, author of The General and His Daughter: The Wartime Letters of General James M. Gavin to His Daughter Barbara

ANNE KAZEL-WILCOX is an author and global travel journalist with a background in public relations. PJ WILCOX is an author and broad gauge observer of history, military dynamics, and international subterfuge. They live in New York. LT. GEN. EDWARD ROWNY, West Point class of 1941, served in the U.S. Army with increasing responsibility and distinction until 1979, and was a presidential advisor until 1990.

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