This is an
excellent book on a number of counts. It is excellent history, with
the biographies and background on four significant U. S. Army leaders
in the Second World War. That history will supplement other readings
about that War and the period and enrich your understanding of both.
This is also
an excellent book about leadership. You'll find material that will
help you understand leadership in a variety of setting.
But this book
is also unique. It covers some topics that simply are not covered
in other military biographies, historical texts, or books on leadership.
Puryear introduces the factors of luck and circumstance into his
studies in both the individual biographies and comparisons.
of environmental factors makes this book especially powerful as
a guide to career management. The author does a great job of describing
how earlier connections and mentors aided the subjects in their
later life. He describes the kinds of learning experiences they
had from assignments that, perhaps at first, did not seem especially
desirable. He discusses the role of friendship in leadership.
This is an
excellent book to read for the history or the career guidance.
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24 August 2002
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