The Longevity of Generals
I was troubled by a comment made by Victor Davis Hanson in his otherwise great review of Warren Kozak’s book LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay (“American Ajax,” August 24). Hanson writes that LeMay was “the longest-serving general in our history.” Has he forgotten Old Fuss and Feathers, Gen. Winfield Scott?
Alex F. Wysocki
Victor Davis Hanson Replies: I think the problem involves the exact (four stars) and generic (one to four stars) use of “general,” as well as the difference between modern and 19th-century military usage and parlance. LeMay received his fourth star in