The life and work of General Andrew J. Goodpaster : best practices in national security affairs

Nelson, C. Richard, author

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  • Creator C. Richard Nelson
  • Format Books
  • Publication Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
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  • Physical Details
    • xvi, 323 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781442272286, 1442272287
  • OCLC ocn950445850


  • "This biography shows the importance of experienced soldier-scholars with high integrity on national security teams and provides the first systematic mining of the documents Goodpaster wrote on national security. Organized chronologically, it demonstrates how Goodpaster was able to adapt best practices to a constantly changing political, military, economic and technological environment. It also explains why he was so frequently selected as an insider in national security decision making. His life and work reveal how best to approach complex national security problems and the kind of collaborative leadership needed to get the job done. Still today, his method confirms General Scowcroft's view that Goodpaster is "too important to ignore."--Provided by publisher.


  • "Published in partnership with the Association of the U.S. Army, the Atlantic Council of the United States and the Eisenhower Legacy Council."
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Introduction: why Goodpaster matters -- Earning a reputation -- Midwestern roots (1915-1935) -- Molding a soldier (1935-1939) -- Preparing for war (1939-1943) -- Close combat (1943-1944) -- Strategic planning (1944-1947) -- First generation soldier-scholars (1947-1950) -- Conducting national security affairs -- Establishing NATO (1951-1954) -- Eisenhower White House (1954-1961) -- Commanding an infantry division (1961-1962) -- The Joint Staff (1962-1967) -- National War College (1967-1968) -- Vietnam (1968-1969) -- SACEUR NATO (1969-1974) -- Collaborative leadership -- Woodrow Wilson Center (1974-1977) -- Superintendent, West Point (1977-1981) -- Bringing ideas to power (1974-2005) -- Connecting the past and future (1974-2005) -- The Goodpaster legacies: "What would Andy do?"
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