The two-volume Chief of Staff examines the history, development, and role of the military duty position of the chief of staff. Many books have studied history's great commanders and the art of command. None have focused exclusively on the chief of staff the key staff officer responsible for translating the ideas of the commander into practical plans that common soldiers can execute successfully on the battlefield.
In some cases, it is almost impossible to think of certain great commanders without also thinking of their chief of staff. Napoleon's chief of staff Berthier and Eisenhower's chief of staff Bedell Smith are two examples that are profiled in this work. Zabecki and his collaborators examine the history, development, and role of the chief of staff primarily through profiles of the most important practitioners of the art. These books are published in co-operation with the Association of the United States Army.
David T. Zabecki Major General U.S. Army (Ret.) enlisted in the Army during 1966 and served in Vietnam as an infantry rifleman. After receiving his commission he went on to command at six different levels. He also served as an Operations Officer, an Intelligence Officer, and a Chief of Staff. In 2003 he was selected to be the Senior Security Adviser on the U.S. Coordinating and Monitoring Mission in Israel, charged with advancing the Roadmap to Peace in the Middle East. General Zabecki holds a PhD in Military Science from Britain's Royal Military College of Science. He is author of several books on military history, including the Naval Institute Press' Chief of Staff: The Principal Staff Officers behind History's Great Commanders.