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“The Class the Stars Fell On” named this because 59 of its 164 (36%) graduates attained the rank of brigadier general or higher, the most of any class in the history of West Point. The class that held this title prior to the 1915 class was the class of 1886 which had 32% of its graduate obtain a general’s rank; most notable were Pershing, Menoher and Patrick. Of the class of 1915 two obtained the rank of five-star generals, two became (four star) generals and seven (three star) Lieutenant generals, twenty-four (two star) major generals and twenty-four (one star) brigadier generals and one became the president of the United States. This class did have the advantage of two world wars and the Korean War which allowed fast advancement.
Haskew provides some information about George C. Marshall and Douglas MacArthur and how they effected these graduates. Haskew only covers a few of the most famous members of this class of 1915 such as Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, James Van Fleet, Stafford Irwin, Hubert Harmon, Roscoe Woodruff, and Joseph McNarney to name a few. The author also provided more information about Luis R. Esteves who was the first member of the class to obtain the rank of brigadier general. Esteves was also the first Puerto Rican to graduate from West Point. Haskew also provides an overview history of West Point.
The book is well written and researched. The book is moderately short at seven and a half hours long so the information provided is abbreviated. For those interested in military history, the book does provide a good overview of some key people and provides a launching point for those seeking more in-depth information about key generals.
I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. Tom Zingarelli does a good job narrating the book. Zingarelli is an actor, voice-over artist and award-winning audiobook narrator. Zingarelli is famous as the voice of Maurice the Mouse.
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