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A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country First Edition Edition
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Most of the stories he tells will be familiar to the avid Clark supporter community, but we've never heard them in his own words before, and in some cases in as much detail. The personal touch and the insights he provides bring the stories alive in his straightforward--dare I say simple?--language. It's an easy read, but the message is deep, but not complex.
If there was any disappointment in my reading of the book is that he downplays his own achievements, accomplishments, and uniqueness as a public servant, soldier, scholar, and leader. While his brilliance shines through the prose, he goes out of his way to avoid making him the star of the narrative. For example, his account of the Mt. Igman tragedy in Bosnia leaves out the danger and personal risk he undertook in making his rescue attempt. And there are almost too-casual mentions of his being number one in his class at West Point and his selection as a Rhodes Scholar. He omits altogether the praise that has been lavished on him in his formal Army evaluations and in other, less formal ways.
His mission in writing the book was to teach.Read more ›
I TOTALLY DISAGREE with the snarky last sentence of the Publisher Weekly review (at the top). In fact, I am giving copies of this book to my younger friends and family members who truly want to do something with their lives, but don't exactly know what that might be or how to go about it. This isn't to say that the book is a recipe for how to become a 4 Star General or something as spectacular, but rather how to experiement with one's strengths (and weaknesses) and the focus on the goals that emerge from such a journey. Perhaps without being fully aware of it, Clark gives hints for all of us about how to be the best we can be, and reveals more about himself than I was expecting. The road isn't always easy. There will be setbacks. But one just keeps at it, and success can be the outcome.
I loved this inspiring book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book; fantastic read; awesome person. I wish he could have run for Pres. in the early '90'sPublished 18 months ago by Roy H. Riegel
I enjoyed reading this distillation of the life experiences of a great American leader. His descriptions of the development of his own leadership philosophy and the prosecution of... Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Anthony Davila
Was disappointed with the book. Clark is very proud of himself for revamping the Army. A little too vain for me.Published on December 26, 2013 by Tommy T
I would never buy a book from the guy who commanded general Michael Jackson to attack Russian troops in Kosovo. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by Igor
Wesley Clark is transparent and lacking political camouflage even though he wore physical camouflage while in the Army. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Charles Gilbert Wright
In my survey of contemporary generals, Wesley Clark stands out as the greatest thinker by far. He's the fourth general I've listened to in an audiobook and all of them were... Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by Afia