Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster was one of the leading soldier-scholars of his time. He was one of the key figures during the Cold War - one who stood among the dominant American military and political personalities of those times. Later, he restored the integrity of West Point during a major ethical crisis. Few military men of his generation have been both “warriors” and “thinkers,” yet Gen. Goodpaster qualifies to be among that select company. He was a dedicated cold warrior throughout his active duty military career of nearly forty years. Nevertheless, he was also a sophisticated observer and commentator on the foreign policy and national security scene for nearly a quarter-century thereafter. None of his contemporaries established so clearly the efficacy of effective policy planning and execution as did General Goodpaster, having served General Dwight Eisenhower in establishing the international military component of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and then serving President Eisenhower as his Staff Secretary. From his relatively humble origins, he achieved the highest international military command assignment possible – as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR). Upon his final retirement and for over a quarter-century thereafter, he was actively involved both the formal and informal world of Washington policy-making, making his mark repeatedly as a respected participant.
BOOK NEWS: An Unsung Soldier: The Life og Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster by Naval Institute Press
From the Foreword:
“General Goodpaster’s leadership style was understated and quietly focused—he led by persuasion, by rational discourse, and by unfailing courtesy and consideration for others. These traits made him both an essential White House assistant and confidant to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and a successful Supreme Allied Commander in NATO. Professor Jordan has written an eminently readable, account of the career and accomplishments of General Goodpaster, for which I, for one, am very grateful.” —Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), National Security Advisor to President Gerald Ford and President George H. W. Bush
“General Andrew J. ‘Andy’ Goodpaster, USA, was a person who defied the cliché ‘soldier statesman’ by actually being one, as well as being a consummate organizer, diplomat, humanist, and friend to so many. He is ably served by his biographer. Professor Jordan has long been both a scholar of international organizations and a leading practitioner of international administration, including the diplomatic and military aspects of NATO. He also has published excellent biographical studies of the political and military leadership of NATO and the United Nations.” —Robert E. Hunter, former U.S. ambassador to NATO
“There was no doubting Goodpaster’s professional standing as a man with a distinguished record of military service during the Second World War and the Cold War. Moreover, he had what many of his contemporaries lacked at that time: serious intellectual credentials in the form of a PhD from Princeton. . . . General Goodpaster set a career example for many of us in the security analysis business, both military and otherwise.” —Robert O’Neill, former director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University
“Robert Jordan burnishes his reputation as a distinguished NATO scholar with his biography of Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster. He has situated him as a leader among the many able Supreme Allied Commanders in NATO’s history. Goodpaster’s role in establishing NATO’s military dimension encompassed a wider range of activities than those of his colleagues, including Gen. Lauris Norstad, a subject of the author’s earlier study.” —Lawrence S. Kaplan, Emeritus Director of the Lemnitzer Center for NATO Studies, Kent State University
SNEAK PEEK: An Unsung Soldier: The Life of Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster by Naval Institute Press