Using examples of both historical and more recent West Point graduates, Pat Williams takes us through the 12 core values of West Point and how they define a good leader. Each of these characteristics are carved into one of twelve stone benches on the West Point campus. Compassion, courage, integrity, dignity, perseverance, determination, dedication, responsibility, discipline, service, loyalty and trust.
I really enjoyed learning about West Point's rich history and about just a few of its famous alumni, from the compassion of Ulysses S. Grant, to the courage of the Astronauts of Apollo II, as well as a family with a long legacy of West Point graduates. Some of my favorite chapters were about lesser known heroes, who though not as commonly praised, were no less deserving, one of my favorite biographies was that of the Father of West Point, Sylvanus Thayer, as well as that of Omar Bradley.
Engaging and inspiring, this was a very quick read that piqued my interest into looking deeper into the stories of some of the people mentioned within its pages. I learned so much, and would definitely recommend this book as a pleasant and entertaining read for all ages, as I believe that it's never too early to learn good character.
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