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Perret, Geoffrey

Overview
Works: 37 works in 168 publications in 5 languages and 15,105 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Military history  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biographical films  Personal narratives  Personal narratives‡vBritish  Personal narratives‡vCanadian  Personal narratives‡vAmerican 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E836, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Geoffrey Perret
Old soldiers never die : the life of Douglas MacArthur by Geoffrey Perret( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 1,868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first cradle-to-grave biography of MacArthur in nearly 20 years, Perret reveals new information and offers fresh insights into this landmark figure of American history. From his obsessive interest in becoming the most highly decorated soldier in American history to his disastrous flirtation with presidential politics, MacArthur is revealed, warts and all
Eisenhower by Geoffrey Perret( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 1,753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An original, authoritative and provocative portrait of Eisenhower, as both soldier and president
Days of sadness, years of triumph; the American people, 1939-1945 by Geoffrey Perret( Book )

13 editions published between 1972 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A "re-creation of the social, political, and economic texture of those times." "Includes birth of civil rights movement, first massive infusion of federal aid in social welfare system, total restructuring of our educational system, liberation of women into the labor force and a basic redistribution of income."
Ulysses S. Grant : soldier & president by Geoffrey Perret( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on extensive research, including material either not seen or not used by other writers, this biography explains for the first time how Grant's military genius ultimately triumphed as he created a new approach to battle. As president, Grant was widely misunderstood and underrated. That was mainly because he was, as Perret shows, the first modern president - the first man to preside over a rich, industrialized America that had put slavery behind it and was struggling to provide racial justice for all. Grant's story - from a frontier boyhood to West Point; from heroic feats in the Mexican War to grinding poverty in St. Louis; from his return to the army to eventual election to the presidency; from his two-year journey around the world to his final battle to finish his Personal Memoirs - is one of the most adventurous and moving in American history
America in the twenties : a history by Geoffrey Perret( Book )

3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 1,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The twenties are both the most derided decade in American history, and the most glamorous. In a sense, the twenties were the first decade of the twentieth century, with the Great War serving as the death agony of the nineteenth. That is why the period can seem so familiar to us. More surprising is to find large areas of American life still in the grip of the Victorian/Puritan/frontier past. It was the struggle between these two worlds that gave tension and shape to this hectic era. All across American life there was a deep break in continuity, with the sense of release that liberation brings, along with all the anxiety occasioned by the unknown. Here is a work of real and enduring history about a period of doubt and crisis at once familiar and distant. It is not just an anecdotal account of the twenties--although it reads with the pace and excitement of the best fiction--but a major story which views the decade as a crucial watershed in American experience. Perrett brings to life the crosscurrents of change and innovation that marked America's transition from innocence to maturity: the rise of the unions and radicalism, the changing role of women, the recognition of Black America. He depicts the revolution in standards and taste that followed the creation of the movie, broadcasting and publishing industries; the rise of jazz, modern fiction and an unselfconscious sexuality; and the dawning of a new, nomadic American life. He also traces the decline in faith, the collapse of old ideals, the loss of community and all the mixed blessings of liberation and mechanical progress that characterized the era. In them he recognizes the side-by-side existence of the old and the new and points to the conflicts, tensions and sense of excitement that this duality created. And he provides enlightening descriptions of the beginnings of many institutions, systems and ideas we now take for granted, from psychoanalysis, mass production and Time magazine to consumer credit, sex education and hard-sell advertising. This is the definitive portrait of an epoch that is endlessly fascinating and complex in its own right--and even more intriguing for its striking similarities and contrasts to the present age.--Adapted from book jacket
A country made by war : from the Revolution to Vietnam : the story of America's rise to power by Geoffrey Perret( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Revolution to Vietnam-the story of America's rise to power
Jack : a life like no other by Geoffrey Perret( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 1,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Previous biographies of John F. Kennedy have been based almost entirely on newspaper files and personal recollections. Geoffrey Perret's Jack is both the first comprehensive one-volume biography of JFK and the first account of his life based on the extensive and important documentary record that has finally become available, including Kennedy's personal diaries, hundreds of hours of taped conversations from the White House, recently declassified government documents, extensive family correspondence, and crucial interviews sealed for nearly forty years. The result is a gripping, accurate, and ultimately moving portrait of America's most charismatic president." "Perret describes how JFK got the two most important decisions of his administration right: his handling of the Cuban missile crisis and his stance on civil rights. As to Vietnam, Kennedy did not believe it was worth fighting for, and in the last months of his presidency he began formulating a secret plan for neutralization and withdrawal - if he won the 1964 election. But that, of course, was not to be: Convinced he would die young, Kennedy foresaw that a violent death would claim him. Throughout his brief time in the White House he was haunted by a vision of a man standing at a window, looking down at him, holding a rifle."--Jacket
Lincoln's war : the untold story of America's greatest president as commander in chief by Geoffrey Perret( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of Abraham Lincoln's specific contributions to the Civil War discusses his creation of the role of the nation's commander in chief and his relationships with his military leaders, spies, and weapons pioneers
Winged victory : the Army Air Forces in World War II by Geoffrey Perret( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and Chinese and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of such military strategists and daring fliers as Arnold, Spaatz, Doolittle, LeMay, Chennault, Bong, Gabreski, Cochran, and Vincent
There's a war to be won : the United States Army in World War II by Geoffrey Perret( Book )

14 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronicle of the U.S. Army's overnight mobilization and role in World War II discusses the military planners of the 1930s, the commanders, the campaigns, and more
Commander in chief : how Truman, Johnson, and Bush turned a presidential power into a threat to America's future by Geoffrey Perret( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a story of ever-expanding presidential powers in an age of unwinnable wars. Harry Truman and Korea, Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam, George W. Bush and Iraq: three presidents, three ever broader interpretations of the commander-in-chief clause of the Constitution, three unwinnable wars, and three presidential secrets. Presidential biographer and military historian Perret places these men and events in the larger context of the post-World War II world to establish their collective legacy: a presidency so powerful it undermines the checks and balances built into the Constitution, thereby creating a permanent threat to the Constitution itself. Since World War II wars have become tests of stamina rather than strength, and more likely than not they sow the seeds of future wars--yet recent American presidents have chosen to place their country in the forefront of fighting them.--From publisher description
Old soldiers never die : the life of Douglas MacArthur by Geoffrey Perret( )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the life of Douglas MacArthur
Jack by Geoffrey Perret( Recording )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First complete biography in almost twenty years, which draws on new and important information about the most charismatic president of our time
Jack by Geoffrey Perret( Recording )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First complete biography in almost twenty years, which draws on new and important information about the most charismatic president of our time
Eisenhower by Geoffrey Perret( Recording )

2 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a biography of the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower
Documentary archives: multicultural America( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using more than 350 pictures and over 400 primary source documents, traces the history of many racial and ethnic groups and their contributions to American culture from prehistoric times to the present
Ulysses S. Grant : [soldier & president] by Geoffrey Perret( Recording )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geoffrey Perret's biography offers new insights into Grant the commander and the president that would have astonished both his friends and his enemies. Based on extensive, previously unseen research, Perret explains for the first time how Grant's military genius ultimately triumphed as he created a new approach to battle. He shows how Grant was widely misunderstood and underrated as president because he was the first modern leader, presiding over a rich, industrialized America that had put slavery behind it and was struggling to provide racial justice for all
No man's land: The Great War( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The optimism that fueled the early years of the 20th century vanished as America was drawn into "The war to end all wars." This program presents, through archival footage and first person accounts, the grim story of World War I--including the sinking of the Lusitania and the Bulshevik revolution, which led to Russia's withdrawal from the conflict--and the fruitless struggles of President Wilson, Who sought first to keep America out of the war and then, at its end, to forge a lasting and meaningful peace
Dwight D. Eisenhower : commander-in-chief( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scholars and historians discuss the life and career of Dwight d. Eisenhower. Addressed are his childhood, military career, the early Cold War years, his involvement in the Korean War, and his relationship with his wife
Life portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scholars and historians discuss the life and career of Dwight d. Eisenhower. Addressed are his childhood, military career, the early Cold War years, his involvement in the Korean War, and his relationship with his wife
 
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Alternative Names
Perrett, Geoffrey

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English (135)

French (2)

Italian (2)

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EisenhowerDays of sadness, years of triumph; the American people, 1939-1945Ulysses S. Grant : soldier & presidentJack : a life like no otherLincoln's war : the untold story of America's greatest president as commander in chiefWinged victory : the Army Air Forces in World War IIThere's a war to be won : the United States Army in World War IICommander in chief : how Truman, Johnson, and Bush turned a presidential power into a threat to America's future