There’s a War to Be Won

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Unlike some works of history, which merely provide dry listings of facts, THERE’S A WAR TO BE WON engages in vibrant narrative. The reader is immediately drawn into an intimate understanding of the stories behind the troop movements and the battles. Perret does not simply present where and when an event occurred. Rather, he relates the thought-processes of commanders and men in the field, showing the history behind the course of events.

Perret’s work covers a broad spectrum, from the ending of World War I to the ending of World War II. Of special interest is his coverage of the interwar military outlook. He traces changes in military tactics and ideas, showing the evolution of military schools and the reformation of divisions from a square formation to a triangular. In fact, one theory presented is that the new military training procedures and division formations were the building blocks for the eventual defeat of Germany and Japan. Perret proves his case by showing how the officers produced from training centers such as Fort Benning and Leavenworth were the finest that the American Army had to offer. Instead of being trained to deal with specific events, the new breed of officer was taught to deal with the unexpected, improving reaction potential and mobility of force.

Perret’s attention to detail and commitment to a clearly argued thesis make this book shine above other historical analyses of the same period. While based on extensive research in recently released U.S. Army war records, THERE’S A WAR TO BE WON is a work of synthesis which leads the reader to greater understanding.