Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Novels for Leaders

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"The novel romanticized the life of elite soldiers, out on their own, along the edge of civilization, surviving on their wits, integrity, and courage. It all resonated with Petraeus, as it did with many airborne officers. For decades after, he would cite it as his favorite novel - one of his favorite books, period - and he would frequently retrieve it from his bookshelf, not just for pleasure but to consult its meticulous descriptions of small-unit tactics and morale-building rituals."

- From The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War by Fred Kaplan

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