[May 24, 2014] Today the two books that I am highlighting, both are on senior military leadership and character development. What is different in these books are that they focus on almost exclusively on what made our greatest American military flag officers who they are. Neither is a new book, but nonetheless, they are both worth reading … the principles of leadership does not change.
19 Stars: A Study in Military Character and Leadership by Edgar F. Puryear Jr. (2003)
Author Puryear ‘s work looks at the lives and careers of Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall, and George S. Patton through their own eyes as well as the recollections of hundreds of others who worked with and knew them. Elements common to their success and examined, including obvious attributes such as their thorough preparation and capacity for work as well as the more subtle qualities of character and, of course, luck. This is a great work for up-and-coming leaders to better understand the fundamentals of leadership, preparation, and the need for luck.
The Professional of Arms by John Winthrop Hackett (1983)
This book traces the lineage of armies, from the ancient world to today in a concise and insightful manner. Hackett focuses on the relationship between military forces and the countries they represent on the battlefield. Based on his vast military experience and career, the author offers some interesting opinions about training future leaders in the armed forces.
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