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West Point has bred more CEOs than any business school, and the leadership skills taught there are truly matters of life and death. Bolder than Sun Tzu, savvier than Gracian -- THE book on learning to lead.   A look at the leadership secrets of the U.S. Military Academy explains the school's system and shows the four-step process -- including self-command, direct leadership, indirect leadership, and executive leadership -- that makes leaders.

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For the first time, one of West Point's own explains the system that has graduated more CEOs, political leaders, and diplomats that any business school, including Harvard. Bolder than Sun Tzu, more practical than Gracian's Worldly Wisdom, this is the manual on how great leaders are made.
An awesome book on leadership and working with people.   As a Marine Sergeant in the reserves, I'm always looking for ways to improve my ability to lead and manage people.    This book, through the traditions of the U.S. Military Acadamy, takes you through the many levels of leadership and responsiblity from the subordinate to the CEO/General.   The principles in this book isn't just for military-types, like myself, but for the civilian, who in their daily jobs must deal with all sorts of people from different walks of life and make them work together to accomplish the goals of the company to succeed in business.   As for fellow Marines I recommend this book. It's short and sweet.   The chapters are divided into levels dealing with different levels of leadership, some of which are not dealt with in the MCI 7000/8000 courses.   Don't let the fact that its an "Army" book fool you.    Leadership principles still apply no matter where you're coming from. SEMPER FI
Military leadership techniques can apply to all organization
The West Point Way of Leadership by Col. Larry R. Donnithorne (USA, Ret.) Outstanding book!   The military academies believe that leadership is a learned skill.    The teaching of this skill is a serious business because the decisions of military leaders will literally affect the lives of others.   This author provides valuable insights into the lessons West Point attempts to instill in their leadership trainees that is transferrable to all organizations.   West Point has graduated more known leaders than Harvard Business School.   West Point graduates include leaders of industry as CEOs of Coca-Cola, General Dynamics, Sperry Corporation, and Du Pont Chemical. Other West Point graduates became Presidents of colleges/universities, Columbia University, Walden University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, and College of Ablemarle, to name a few.    Still other trainees who have made a difference include: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Douglas MacArthur, Omar Bradley, George Patton, Maxwell Taylor, and Norman Schwarzkopf.   All leaders, whether military or corporate, share common goals: build a committed work force, makes use of each subordinate's talents, excel in times of stress, crisis and danger, and foster competition and cooperation to raise a group's energy level.
Outstanding: valuable lessons for organizational leaders    "The West Point Way of Leadership" contains valuable lessons for organizational leaders in business and civic activities as well as the military.   Readers of Stephen R. Covey's "Principle-Centered Leadership" will recognize the importance of "leaders of character," the development of which is the U.S. Military Academy's primary mission. -William A. Levinson

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The West Point Candidate Book
by William Smallwood
Paperback   (1990)

Excellent Book -- worth buying if you want to get in!    Although I cannot make a statement about the how to survive at West Point (medically disqualified) I can say that the preparation and application process suggestions are the best.   This book is a definite original... I would seriously consider reading this book...or at least the parts that you need.    The preparation is especially important, especially the academic part since the responsibilities given to a student can apply at any college/university as well.

The Corps of Cadets:  A Year at West Point
by Robert Stewart, Edward Meyer
Hardcover  (1996)

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The author-photographer of The Brigade in Review: A Year at the U.S. Naval Academy (1993) jumps ship to produce an equally splendid album on the U.S. Military Academy.   The book follows West Point through a full year, beginning with the reception of new cadets in the summer and ending with the departure of the graduating class as newly commissioned second lieutenants.   Concise text and superb photos cover the cadets' classes, military training, sports, discipline, ceremonies, honor system, traditions, uniforms (all 14 of them), and everything else that goes into producing men and women who, as often as not, actually live by the West Point watchwords, "Duty, Honor, Country."    Whatever one thinks of West Point, this book will make that opinion better informed and give it a visual feast. Roland Green
Copyright© 1996, American Library Association. All rights reserved
A DRAMATIC PHOTOGRAPHIC STORY ABOUT WEST POINT.   This book is a true-to-life and fascinating photographic display and description of life at the United States Military Academy for the Corps of Cadets.   Readers will follow every dimension of cadet life, beginning with a new cadet's first day at West Point on R-Day or Reception Day in late June, through four years of the West Point cadet experience, and concluding with graduation and commissioning four years later.   As the book's author, I was very honored to learn that senior U.S. Army leaders, Academy officials, and many cadets have said the book is the most visually impressive and accurate publication produced in more than 10 years about all aspects of present-day life at West Point.   I hope that anyone interested in or associated with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, from youngsters who aspire to attend the Academy to graduates who have many fond memories of their times there, will enjoy this book and much as I did producing it.   I look forward to communicating with people who would like information about how I produced the book, and I welcome them to contact me.   Thank you.

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