With Schwarzkopf: Life Lessons of The Bear

With Schwarzkopf: Life Lessons of The Bear

by Gus Lee


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With Schwarzkopf is Gus Lee's remembrance of his mentor and friend H. Norman Schwarzkopf, and his firsthand account of how Schwarzkopf shaped his life. In 1966, Lee, a junior-year cadet at West Point, was bright, athletic, and popular. He was also on the verge of getting kicked out. Nearing the bottom of his class due to his penchant for playing poker and reading recreationally instead of studying engineering, he was assigned a new professor: then-Major Norman Schwarzkopf. Schwarzkopf's deeply principled nature and fierce personality took hold of the wayward cadet, and the two began meeting regularly and discussing what it meant to be a scholar, a soldier, and a man.

Lee's vibrant, witty narrative brings his more than forty-year relationship with Schwarzkopf to life. Readers get an inside look at West Point culture; they see Schwarzkopf's bristling anger with his rebellious pupil as well as his tenacity, intellect, and moments of surprising emotional warmth; and they watch as Lee starts to absorb his teachings. As he left West Point and took on more professional and personal roles, Lee approached every crisis or difficult decision by channeling his mentor. Over the years, Schwarzkopf's instilled values, wise counsel, and warm conversations shaped Lee and brought the two together in an unlikely friendship. In With Schwarzkopf, Lee passes along the lessons he learned so future generations can hear Schwarzkopf's important teachings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588345295
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

GUS LEE is an ethicist, character-based leadership authority, and author of several best-selling books, including China Boy and Courage: The Backbone of Leadership. He was the chair of character development at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was mentored as a cadet by H. Norman Schwarzkopf.

Table of Contents

Preface v

1 It's Always about Leadership 1

2 Work as If It Matters 5

3 Excuses Are Cowardly 13

4 Make Me Look Good 24

5 First, Fix Yourself 31

6 Beware the Past 36

7 Serve Your People 43

8 Love the Ones You Lead 49

9 Do the Right Thing-Regardless of Risk to Self 54

10 Love Them No Matter How Hard 59

11 Learn to Discern 69

12 Know Your Fears 73

13 Assess Need 79

14 Solve Problems at Root Cause 84

15 Inspire Change 91

16 What You Ignore You Endorse 97

17 Learn from History 103

18 Be an Honorable Man in All Things 107

19 Cross the River of Fear 112

10 Respect All Persons 119

21 You Need Reliable Friends 125

22 See Your Limitations 130

23 Pay the Price 134

24 Learn Your Lesson 140

25 Act like a Man 148

26 Base Decisions on Good Character 162

27 No Right Way to Do the Wrong Thing 170

28 Stand Tall in the Storm 177

29 Do the Hardest Right 183

30 Recover from Loss 191

31 Learn from History 198

32 Remember to Sing 213

33 Discern the Harder Right 217

34 Never Quit Serving 231

35 Keep to the High Narrow Ridge 241

36 Courage: The Backbone of Leadership 247

37 Practice, Practice, Practice 259

38 Farewell, TOAD 267

39 Taps 273

40 Echoes 281

Appendix 284

Acknowledgments 293

Notes 295

Bibliography 299

Index 302

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