Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis’s storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas—and short-sighted thinking—now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars.
Mattis divides his book into three parts: Direct Leadership, Executive Leadership, and Strategic Leadership. In the first part, Mattis recalls his early experiences leading Marines into battle, when he knew his troops as well as his own brothers. In the second part, he explores what it means to command thousands of troops and how to adapt your leadership style to ensure your intent is understood by your most junior troops so that they can own their mission. In the third part, Mattis describes the challenges and techniques of leadership at the strategic level, where military leaders reconcile war’s grim realities with political leaders’ human aspirations, where complexity reigns and the consequences of imprudence are severe, even catastrophic.
Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all.
|Publisher:||Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Jim Mattis is a Pacific Northwest native who served more than four decades as a Marine infantry officer. Following two years as the Secretary of Defense, he returned to the Northwest and is now the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Bing West has written ten books about combat. He served as a Marine grunt in Vietnam and later as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. He has been on hundreds of patrols in Iraq and Afghanistan, including many operations with General Mattis. He is a member of the Military History Working Group at the Hoover Institution. He lives with his wife, Betsy, in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Newport, Rhode Island.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great book. Teaches so many lessons on leadership and how to be a good leader (especially in the military). Mattis does a great Job of using past wars all the way back to ancient times by showing us how it is so important to learn from past leaders and wars in order to be a better leader and person in todays society and military. Awesome book. Get the book.
i found this more interesting to read than some of the recent books by high ranking officers/officials,from an organizational and leadership perspective. So very discouraging to have years of information brought back to memory, and see the other side. Worthwhile reading!
This is a great read, while subtitled “Learning to Lead” it is offered up in vivid autobiographical form and pauses to underscore a lesson for leaders at three levels; direct, executive and strategic levels. You will be surprised that in many of the key Middle East flashpoints of the last 40 years James Mattis as a junior office, Battalion Commander, Division Commander and multi-national Central Command Commander was in the key command positions. While not expressing partisan positions for either Republican or Democrat Administrations he delivers reliable commentary on the commendable and lamentable consequences of elected political and superior ranking officers on his own way to the top. For anyone looking for a sober review of the US military’s performance over the last 40 years I can’t think of a better primer and stimulator of serious reflection.
leadership done right is plain hard work. Simply stated, identifying the achievable end, and then getting out of the way. He does that here while ensuring that his subordinates have all the resources necessary to carry out the mission. He is indeed The Splendid Warrior.