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Publisher's Summary

What essential leadership lessons do we learn by distilling the actions and ideas of great military commanders such as George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Colin Powell? That is the fundamental question underlying The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell. The book illustrates that great leaders become great through conscious effort - a commitment not only to develop vital skills but also to surmount personal shortcomings.

Harry S. Laver, Jeffrey J. Matthews, and the other contributing authors identify nine core characteristics of highly effective leadership, such as integrity, determination, vision, and charisma, and nine significant figures in American military history whose careers embody those qualities. The Art of Command examines each figure's strengths and weaknesses and how those attributes affected their leadership abilities, offering a unique perspective of military leadership in American history. Laver and Matthews have assembled a list of contributors from military, academic, and professional circles, which allows the book to encompass diverse approaches to the study of leadership.

©2008 The University Press of Kentucky (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"These essays form a pattern of leadership descriptions that represent the best of the art of command." ( Journal of America's Military Past)
"Art of Command excels. The reader can follow each leader from inauspicious beginnings to greatness in the course of a short story that chronicles the development of a particular quality in that leader. ( Marine Corps University Journal)

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Outstanding Leaders and Leadership Summaries

What made the experience of listening to The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell the most enjoyable?

Each leader's story was told in concise easy to listen to segments; perfect for listening to in the car. You look forward to hearing about the next leaders. The author spoke of some of the more famous leaders but also spoke of a few that you don't hear about that often but have a lot to offer. There was plenty of information to keep you interested without feeling as if you were being lectured.

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All the leaders' stories were good and the time taken to present the lesson was just right to keep your interest and not be overwhelming.

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The author covered some leaders that you always hear mentioned, but he also spoke about some leaders, such as Admiral Rickover and Gen. Hap Arnold, who don't get as much attention as a Patton or MacArthur. It was informative. I learned something and at the same time, was entertained.

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Great essays on leadership

The authors did a great job of selecting both leadership characteristics and individuals who modeled them. Great book with a lot of interesting history.

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Great leadership book

As a professor of leadership topics, I appreciated the well-researched and varied themes in this book. It offers an insider perspective of military insights as a civilian who teaches at a military school and private and public institutions.

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A good collection of leadership profiles

These essays on the great American leaders gives fine insight to what made them great and it is surprising that what made them great is not what you would expect.

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A must for any leader

Great book for a leader’s book study. Each chapter and leader brings a beneficial view and lesson on leadership.

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The narrator sounds like a robot. could not listen more than 10 min in total

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great read for Sr Leaders

This was a great read for all leaders not only those seeking command. SELs should read as well.

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Motivational MUST read for junior officers

An awesome book designed to illustrate the finer points of leadership by using the life of some of the most iconic military leaders in recent history.

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Great listen

Going to listen to it again... soon. A good self study lesson in leadership principles.

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A must listen for leaders

This was a fantastic compilation of Scholarly essays that shed a fantastic look into the human triumphs and failures of our greatest military leaders.

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  • 05-23-13

Attention! Left face .... March

Some of the examples are good some poor.
It's more a study of leadership styles and is very rose tinted but it certainly has some good stuff in it.

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  • 06-10-21

Dull delivery style.

I'm sure the author is of the highest calibre but his delivery is mind numbing. The writing style is wordy, leaving the reader to wade through and find the message. if I put it down for a few days, I have no idea what the topic if the chapter is when I pick it up.