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Challenge of Command

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  72 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Essential strategies for military command.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by TarcherPerigee (first published 1995)
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Dec 28, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prof-development
A difficult book to categorize because it spends a good chunk of the book referring the reader to other books to read for a more in depth study of a particular topic. In a way that was the focus of the book though so I think that it succeeded in that regard. The writer stresses that junior officers should develop good reading habits and that is perhaps the primary focus of the entire book. I think that he does a good job of listing off a great deal of the classics and a decent job of using histo ...more
Apr 10, 2010 Alicia rated it liked it
Recommends it for: officers, soldiers
Recommended reading lists on past military commanders (Caesar, Alexander, Rommel, etc.), company command, tactics, strategy, duty, morals, warrior spirit, and mentoring were the highlight for me. All of the chapters had at least two examples illustrating the main points of the chapter.
Nov 07, 2008 Anne rated it really liked it
An excellent overview of must-read books for young officers and cadets. Not only does it recommend an assortment of books, so that there are choices in the many categories it has, but it explains those choices and why they are important.
Nov 30, 2013 Hans rated it liked it
Shelves: military
Grabbed this book by chance and glad I did, though it is a bit dated it is exactly the type of book I was looking for, a book about what Military books one should read. Giving it a rating almost seems arbitrary since it is a book that rates other books. I did extract a longer reading list from it and I'm excited to get started on them as well.

I also like how the author breaks down the books by the many facets of Military Command: Vision, Command Challenges, Company Commander, Tactician, Warrior,
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Sep 02, 2015 Joshua Bowen rated it really liked it
Graduate level read prior to command. A truly professional book about command that dissects aspect of a commander (strategy, ethics, etc.). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend to all junior officers before command. Do not recommend reading too early; requires a developed professional maturity to appreciate and internalize.
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