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Lucius D. Clay : an American life / Jean Edward Smith.

By: Smith, Jean Edward.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : H. Holt, 1992, c1990Edition: 1st Owl Book ed.Description: xii, 835 p. [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0805017879 :; 9780805017878; 080500999X; 9780805009996.Subject(s): Clay, Lucius D. (Lucius DuBignon), 1897-1978 | Generals -- United States -- Biography | United States. Army -- Biography | World War, 1939-1945 -- United States | Germany -- History -- 1945-1955LOC classification: E745.C47 | S65 1990DD257.C58 | S55 1992
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 781-807) and index.

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Smith (political science, Univ. of Toronto), editor of the Clay Papers, presents Clay as a distinguished member of that body of ``accomplished, dedicated, and incorruptible'' national leaders developed by the armed forces in the interwar period. Combining extensive personal interviews and comprehensive archival research, Smith shows how political contacts made in the Corps of Engineers facilitated Clay's appointment in 1942 to head the War Department's procurement effort. His success there paved the way for his post-1945 role in Germany's reconstruction. After retiring from the army, Clay made new careers as a corporate executive, investment banker, and advisor to both Republican and Democratic administrations. Decisive to the point of autocracy and correspondingly willing to accept responsibility, Clay emerges from this definitive biography as an archetype of the strengths and weaknesses fostered by the code of ``duty, honor, country.'' Recommended for most collections.-- Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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