Legacy Lecture

Team America: Patton, Macarthur, Marshall, Eisenhower, and the World They Forged

October 20, 20225:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Pogue Auditorium
George C. Marshall Foundation building
340 VMI Parade, Lexington, Virginia, 24450

Join us October 20 for a lecture by Robert O’Connell on his new book “Team America: Patton, Macarthur, Marshall, Eisenhower, and the World They Forged.”

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

By the first half of the twentieth century, technology had transformed warfare into a series of intense bloodbaths in which the line between soldiers and civilians was obliterated, resulting in the deaths of one hundred million people. During this period, four men exhibited unparalleled military leadership that led the United States victoriously through two World Wars: Douglas MacArthur, George Patton, George Marshall, and Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower; or, as bestselling author Robert O’Connell calls them, Team America.

O’Connell captures these men’s unique charisma as he chronicles the path each forged—from their upbringings to their educational experiences to their storied military careers—experiences that shaped them into majestic leaders who would play major roles in saving the free world and preserving the security of the United States in times of unparalleled danger. O’Connell shows how the lives of these men—all born within the span of a decade—twisted around each other like a giant braid in time. Throughout their careers, they would use each other brilliantly in a series of symbiotic relationships that would hold increasingly greater consequences.

Robert L. O’Connell, holds a Ph.D. In history from the University of Virginia.  He worked for 30 years as an analyst in the US Intelligence Community, followed by twelve years teaching at the Naval Postgraduate School.  He is the author of nine published books, including two National Bestsellers, The Ghosts of Cannae and Fierce Patriot.  He lives with his wife Benjie in Charlottesville.