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The Warrior Ethos Paperback – March 11, 2011
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Steven Pressfield is the author of The Profession, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, The War of Art and Do the Work among others. He is a former Marine. In 2003, he was made an honorary citizen by the city of Sparta in Greece.
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It is not formatted well for kindle. Extra spaces after apostrophes, paragraph breaks not formatted....something weird. Try to change the font? The font selections are in Asian characters....can't change the font. When the book was downloading, the image had the Japanese notations. You can change the font size, but not the style, and the style is odd. This was a sloppy and careless "make it digital" attempt.
So, this book should NOT be purchased via kindle. I like the content, but the display is so annoying that it is distracting. For free, I'd take it. But not for the full price I paid.
I just pushed the buy button to purchase 4 more copies of the book
Two to friends with long term military careers who are struggling with the internal corporate politics. Hopefully it will help them understand the differences between their culture and that of the increasingly morally vacuous cultures in too many organizations.
One to an extremely effective high school teacher to help him in discussions with students about their career options including the military.
One to have as a spare to loan
The book is short, not due to an absence of thought, but rather from the quality of the writing.
Camille Paglia recently did an interview with the WSJ (Dec, 2013) in which she noted the absence of military service among Wall Street, big business and political leadership as a potentially deadly threat to our nation.
After teaching for a number of years in a leading university's MBA program and decades in business I am convinced that most of our business schools would be far better off sending their faculty off to spend 6 months with the Marines learning about effective, principled and goal oriented leadership. The Marine Gunny with a high school education knows is a far more capable leader and far more capable trainer of leaders than our corporate leadership. The cornerstone of that effectiveness is the Warrior Ethos. No doubt some of Pressfield's disciplined writing skills came from his Marine Corps experience.
A great read....... highly recommended.
For better or worse, I've passed the warrior stage of life but it cant hurt to revisit its lessossns and be cognizant of what it teaches as later stages of life.
I was in the military for almost 14 years and I wish I had known about Mr. Pressfield and his books much sooner. This knowledge is something that needs to be given to every woman and man as they come of age.
Our country needs more authors and thoughtful individuals like Mr. Pressfield.
Read it, read it now, and then read it once per month to continue your philosophical training in the Warrior Ethos.
His use of ancient quotes and anecdotes really is inspiring and interesting. But, frankly, this book lacks the OOMPH that The War of Art carries with it.
Should you read it? Not before reading The War of Art and Turning Pro. Both by Pressfield.
Thank you for saying with skill what most of us could only feel, however deeply in our souls. Semper Fidelis!