Nathaniel Philbrick’s, George Washington, Benedict Arnold, And the Fate of the American Revolution, (973.382) presents an exhaustive account of Benedict Arnold as the Hannibal the American Revolution based upon his trek and portages up the Kennebec river and on to Quebec. This objective and revealing biography is very important in providing a bibliographic essay for the reader’s further excursions into this fascinating time in American history. This book is not for the faint of heart however, once involved, it is hard to put down. I highly recommend reading this book.
Monday, July 11, 2016
David McCullough has done it again, The Write Brothers, (B Wright Orville) is an extraordinary biography of a two brothers who changed the world with an unmistakable passion for flight propelled with intelligence and an empirical passion for flying. The story is fascinating and the characters interesting.
Robert M. Gates, A Passion for Leadership, (B Gates RobertS) brilliantly presents an anecdotal approach to how Gates led as; Defense Secretary, CIA Director, President of Texas A&M and President of the College of William & Mary, with measurable positive affects. In this biography, he elucidates on his passionate commitment to the necessary cultural changes required to each organization’s structure in order to strategically meet that organization’s specific goals. Mr. Gates provides a how-to approach for the determination of those prerequisite cyclical and structural changes needed to affect positive organizational outcomes. He then carefully defines the role of the newly appointed leader as listener, collaborator, observer, and director with personal examples, while stressing the importance of keeping his eye on the ball at all times. Gates further reinforces the importance of being passionate and strong yet; smart and when dealing with those internal and external forces which can undo a leader when not properly addressed.