Magazine September 21, 2009, Issue

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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
Wilmington, Del.

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

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