A straightforward and forthcoming guide to leadership that stands apart from others in its field.



A retired Army major general distills lessons about leadership that he learned over the course of his decorated career.

Debut author Whelden has no shortage of experience as a boss. During a career that spanned half a century, he rose to the rank of major general in the Army, and was a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Marine Corps. In this brief reflection—well under 200 pages in length—he lucidly analyzes the principles that led to his success; he summarizes this analysis at the end of the book, under the heading “Whelden Philosophy of Command.” Over the course of the book, he covers a broad and familiar spectrum of topics, highlighting the nature and importance of personal character and effective communication, the delegation of responsibility, and the fundamental principles of risk management, among other concepts. In the well-populated genre of leadership books, it’s exceedingly difficult to explore new territory. However, the author does so by freely drawing upon his own truly remarkable experiences during the transformation of the military following the Vietnam War to the conclusion of the Cold War, and beyond. His professional background is uncommonly diverse; for example, he commanded an Army base in Germany, where he was responsible for thousands of civilian employees, including German nationals. Along with an insider’s peek into the U.S. military, Whelden provides intriguing running commentary on historical events, including the 9/11 attacks, during which he was serving as the deputy commander of the U.S. Army Pacific. His extraordinary career, and the high stakes of his military life, lend the book an authority that one often doesn’t find in leadership literature: “military leadership is different. It is about ensuring a nation’s survival, preventing its decline, or, worst case, its demise. It is about life and death.” The author’s unflinching pragmatism is also a distinguishing virtue of this work, as his goal is to guide readers, not mollify them: “Reach for the stars, but be mindful of the fact that not everyone can be #1.” Overall, Whelden’s life story is as inspiring as his counsel is instructive.

A straightforward and forthcoming guide to leadership that stands apart from others in its field.

Pub Date: March 20, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-73384-113-9

Page Count: 186

Publisher: New Insights Press

Review Posted Online: July 2, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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