"...stirring, often hilarious, frequently embarrassing biographies of men who may have been last but were first in battle later." -- Brad Miner, American Compass Book Club
From the Back Cover
James Robbins' Last in Their Class provides a fascinating look at Generals George Armstrong Custer, George Pickett, and other West Point under achievers who outside the academy found both successful and notorious careers. While Robbins laments the modern demise of the meritocratic system of stigmatizing students for low achievement, he also explores why and how the same audacity, individualism, and even occasional insubordination that earned a cadet low marks at school often later proved indispensable for officers in the real world on the battlefield. A much needed and timely investigation about the nature of military leadership.
Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution, author A War Like No Other.