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Sacred Ground: Leadership Lessons From Gettysburg & The Little Bighorn Hardcover – February 26, 2010
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That said I did find the book interesting although I felt that much of the accounts of business leadership were at a macro scale (read CEO level) and much less at the 'grunt level' where leadership issues are more immediate and can be telling. (e.g. if I was a company commander at Gettysburg what kind of leadership/decisions would/should I show with a suicidal order (e.g. Confederate late 2nd day charge at south end of cemetery Ridge into massed Federal artillery) or Little Bighorn facing superior numbers and firepower with a drunk commander (Reno)).
The issues above led me to my 4-star rating. However any book that deals with leadership and brings forward examples of positive leadership whatever the level is a worthwhile read.
The author also does his readers an uncommon service in his detailed but available discussions about interpreting historical evidence. In some cases, he notes with honesty, there is no way to know with any certainty what happened and why. This is sensed especially in the reconstruction of Custer's movements after dispatching his final message.
The clear and evocative connections between American cultural values and military and business leadership is a delight. Mr. Appelquist expertly picks telling business successes and disasters to illustrate his advice on leadership. Advice such as "Take Care of Your People" appears in direct contradiction to some of the justifications of selfishness and aggressiveness that permeate other such books on the relationship between the military and business worlds. The advice, moreover, is firmly grounded in concrete details, not abstractions that leave the reader wondering how the author got from point A to point B.
While this book won the 2010 National Indie Excellence Award in the category of Military History, I suggest the content makes it applicable to a wide range of concerns including business leadership and ethics.
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The author does a wonderful job of illuminating critical leadership skills, lessons, successes and failures through the lens of the battles of Gettysburg and Little Bighorn. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by John L. Youngblood