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  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Military
  • Language:English
  • Series title:General Earle Wheeler
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:598
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667809021

General & Mrs. Earle Wheeler

Their Rise to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Amid America's Descent into Vietnam

by Colonel Mark A. Viney View author's profile page

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Overview

Based on exclusive, contemporaneous correspondence, official records, interviews, and memoirs, "General & Mrs. Earle Wheeler" takes readers inside the White House, the Pentagon, and the household of the most senior officer of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Since the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was established in 1949, only 20 officers have attained this pinnacle of the U.S. military profession. Each of their stories is remarkable, yet the biography of the most distinguished member of this small, elite fraternity has only now been written.

General Earle G. Wheeler, U.S. Army, became the senior military advisor to President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and unusually continued in this role under President Richard Nixon. In disgust with their administrations' disastrous Vietnam War policies, Wheeler shredded his memoirs. He died three years later. In consequence, the biography of one of the most important figures of the Vietnam Era has remained inaccessible -- until now.

The companion volume to this book, "Determined to Persist: General Earle Wheeler, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Military's Foiled Pursuit of Victory in Vietnam", relates how Wheeler contributed to national security policymaking and shaped civilian-military relations during an extraordinary six-year period marked by America's growing involvement in the Vietnam War, its zenith, and the beginning of U.S. disengagement.

"General & Mrs. Earle Wheeler" complements that volume by tracing Wheeler's exceptional, 46-year military career against the backdrop of growing American involvement in Southeast Asia. It uniquely highlights the often unheralded yet vital roles played by military spouses and reveals the challenges of military family life.

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Based on exclusive, contemporaneous correspondence, official records, interviews, and memoirs, "General & Mrs. Earle Wheeler" takes readers inside the White House, the Pentagon, and the household of the most senior officer of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Since the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was established in 1949, only 20 officers have attained this pinnacle of the U.S. military profession. Each of their stories is remarkable, yet the biography of the most distinguished member of this small, elite fraternity has only now been written.

General Earle G. Wheeler, U.S. Army, became the senior military advisor to President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and unusually continued in this role under President Richard Nixon. In disgust with their administrations' disastrous Vietnam War policies, Wheeler shredded his memoirs. He died three years later. In consequence, the biography of one of the most important figures of the Vietnam Era has remained inaccessible -- until now.

The companion volume to this book, "Determined to Persist: General Earle Wheeler, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Military's Foiled Pursuit of Victory in Vietnam", relates how Wheeler contributed to national security policymaking and shaped civilian-military relations during an extraordinary six-year period marked by America's growing involvement in the Vietnam War, its zenith, and the beginning of U.S. disengagement.

"General & Mrs. Earle Wheeler" complements that volume by tracing Wheeler's exceptional, 46-year military career against the backdrop of growing American involvement in Southeast Asia. It uniquely highlights the often unheralded yet vital roles played by military spouses and reveals the challenges of military family life.

About the author

Colonel Mark A. Viney retired from the U.S. Army in 2021 after serving 35 years in uniform.  He is the founder of Viney Development Solutions, LLC, providing nonfiction books and public speaking on historical, national security, and leadership development topics, plus executive and talent development coaching, leadership development instruction, and historical tours.

A former Director of the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in History from the United States Military Academy and a dual Master of Arts in Human Resources Development and Public Administration from Webster University.  He served five years on the U.S. Army War College staff and completed its Defense Strategy Course.

Mark has lectured on Vietnam War strategy at the U.S. Army War College, Texas Tech Vietnam Center & Archive, Army Heritage Center Foundation, and elsewhere.  His white paper, Insights from the Vietnam Withdrawal for the Afghanistan Drawdown, influenced senior Allied leaders in Kabul and informed a private discussion between the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Commander, International Security & Assistance Force. 

Mark offers unique perspective and the latest research on Vietnam War strategy in his groundbreaking, two-volume series: General & Mrs. Earle Wheeler: Their Rise to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Amid America’s Descent Into Vietnam, and Determined to Persist: General Earle Wheeler, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Military’s Foiled Pursuit of Victory in Vietnam

Mark’s first book is United States Cavalry Peacekeepers in Bosnia: An Inside Account of Operation Joint Endeavor, 1996.  He received an Admiral George C. Dyer Award from Officer Review magazine for his World War I article, Journey to the Front.

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