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The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell, second edition

edited by Harry S. Laver and Jeffrey J. Matthews foreword by H.R. McMaster

Availablepaperback$30.00s 978-0-8131-7415-0
Availablecloth$80.00x 978-0-8131-7472-3
AUSA Books - American Warriors Series
364 pages  Pubdate: 12/08/2017  6 x 9  11 b&w photos

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? The Art of Command demonstrates that great leaders become great through a commitment not only to develop vital skills but also to surmount personal shortcomings.

In the second edition of this classic resource, Harry S. Laver, Jeffrey J. Matthews, and the other contributing authors identify eleven core characteristics of highly effective leaders, such as integrity, determination, vision, and charisma, and eleven significant figures in American military history who embody those qualities. Featuring new chapters on transitional leadership, innovative leadership, and authentic leadership, this insightful book offers valuable perspectives on the art of military command in American history.

Harry S. Laver, professor of military history at the US Army Command and General Staff College, is the author or editor of numerous books, including A General Who Will Fight: The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant.

Jeffrey J. Matthews
is George F. Jewett Distinguished Professor in the School of Business & Leadership at the University of Puget Sound. He is the author of Alanson B. Houghton: Ambassador of the New Era and Blacksheep Leadership: A Story About a Leadership Challenge and the Nature of Transformational Leadership.

Truly insightful. . . . An indispensable guide on leadership at both the tactical and operational levels. -- On Point

The editors have garnered essays on a carefully selected group of distinguished military leaders that hone in on a specific characteristic of the individual’s command style. . . . Together these essays form a pattern of leadership descriptions that represent the best of the art of command. -- Journal of America’s Military Past

Interesting, insightful, inspirational. Should be a must-read for aspiring leaders. -- Admiral Hank Chiles, USN (ret.), former professor of leadership, US Naval Academy