I have just finished The Yom Kippur War, an riveting book. In the past year I have also read books about American generals in the Pacific and Europe during WWII. I am left with two primary but conflicting impressions. 1. I am appalled at the number of senior leaders who are incompetent vanity driven prima donnas. Yes, some are competent vanity driven prima donnas. Senior commanders hands are often tied by the reputations of these generals. The best senior commanders kept tight hold on them only releasing them when their drive and competency would benefit the war effort. 2. I am grateful for the majority of commanding generals who were brilliant but recognized the good of operating withing the overall plan. In my military experience with incompetent leaders I often thought they would not last past the opening shots of a war. I am not so positive in my outlook anymore.