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First Command: Paths to Leadership

First Command: Paths to Leadership

by Dwight Jon Zimmerman

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Zimmerman examines how famous commanders became the great leaders they were. Although most books might focus on a biography, Zimmerman chooses instead to focus on a particular incident in the life of each commander that most contributed to molding that person into a great leader. The chronological chapters begin with the French and Indian War and proceed to the Vietnam War, with Desert Storm mentioned briefly. The layout consists of an introduction of military conflicts, followed by a brief sidebar biography of the highlighted leaders. It then gives lengthier discussions of a specific event at the start of each commander's military career that strongly influenced his or her tendencies as a leader. The list ranges from George Washington to George C. Marshall and from Colin Powell to Wilma Vaught. At the end of each chapter, Zimmerman lists several books for further reading on that particular time period. A time line and useful Web sites add to the further resources. By briefly touching on the lives of these military leaders, Zimmerman leaves the reader wanting to discover much more about these heroes. Its uniqueness makes this book great for classroom use. The short snippets give it both a fast pace and the availability for a read-aloud. Offer this book to teachers, history buffs, reluctant readers, and those interested in the military. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Vanadamere Press, 144p.; Glossary. Index. Photos. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11to 18.
—Jennifer Rummel
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-A collective biography of military leaders with a unique perspective. Instead of the usual recitation of the most famous accomplishments of the individuals examined, the focus here is on early commands and the demonstration of innate leadership. Twenty-three soldiers and marines who eventually became generals represent a variety of periods in American history. The selections present a good sampling of racial and gender diversity and famous and less well-known leaders. Each entry is approximately five to six pages in length and describes its subject's early experience; while many figures exemplify heroic traits, others illustrate the value of discretion. Sidebars provide more detailed biographical data, definitions of military terms, and other facts. The arrangement is chronological, and each section includes a good summary of the military actions and conflicts of the period. Black-and-white and red-toned photos accompany the profiles, and other illustrations depict the settings of men's and women's active careers. A successful look at the early careers of our country's military leaders.-Jeffrey A. French, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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