From Publishers Weekly
Grant's rise from store clerk to army chief to U.S. president delights historians. His attributes gracious acceptance of responsibilities, curiosity and perseverance while so many of his soldiers were killed certainly enlighten. However, Barnes, a corporate communications manager at Pfizer, doesn't apply Grant's accomplishments directly to modern business, undermining its usefulness as a management book.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
In this curious hybrid work, Barnes (communications manager, Pfizer, Inc.) strives to relate the qualities of former U.S. President and Union general Ulysses S Grant to the "battles" faced by today's harried business executives. Some of the principles highlighted from Grant's life include knowing what is wanted and how to get it, thinking first and then acting, picking a winning team and remembering who is boss, and dealing decisively with difficult people and awkward situations. The preponderance of the evidence rightly comes from Grant's war years, although there is an effort to link learning from what is historically regarded as Grant's "failed" presidency. While historians would likely agree that Grant possessed superb military skills and emotional stamina, they also generally agree that Grant's battlefield success did not transfer to success after his war years. Thankfully, Barnes delves deeply into the factual evidence from the war and presidential years, but the effort to correlate Grant's leadership principles with the reality of running a business today is, well, a stretch. Look instead to William S. McFeely's classic Grant: A Biography or Grant's own lucid remembrances (Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant) for more relevant substance on the life of Grant. Recommended for public libraries only on demand. Dale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.