Robert Lovett was absolutely instrumental in forging the geostrategic order that prevailed after the Second World War. From his positions as Undersecretary of State to George Marshall and as Defense Secretary, he used his extensive knowledge of hands-on military strategy, with an emphasis on air power, to advance the interests of the United States. His career shows like few others the importance of entering leadership positions with a wealth of direct, practical experience behind you — not mere theory.
On March 19, 1918, Robert Abercrombie Lovett, a 22-year-old United States Navy lieutenant, was about to embark on a series of night bombing runs against the heavily defended German submarine pens on the North Sea coast of occupied Belgium. Those Royal …
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Marc Wortman’s most recent book is 1941: Fighting the Shadow War: A Divided America in a World at War (Atlantic Monthly Books, 2016).