Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith 

By D.K.R. Crosswell

Joining the Indiana National Guard at the age of 16, General Walter Bedell Smith began a forty-plus year military career defined by impressive public service, rising to become one of the nation's most valued advisors and trusted insider among U.S. military and political leaders. Outlined in Beetle are the General's many notable accomplishments, to include his work alongside Gen. George C. Marshall on the formation fo the roles of Combined and Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his tenure as President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Chief of Staff. Crosswell's detailed account of Smith's career offers readers the first comprehensive biography of General Walter Bedell Smith, including details of his close relationship with both Eisenhower and Marshall.

Book available from The University Press of Kentucky --- discount available to AUSA members.