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Hackworth's best-selling book remains valuable on several levels: his take on leadership in battle, his imaginative approaches to problem solving, and the art of motivation. In public criticism of the Army during the Vietnam War’s last years Hackworth told the old tale of “The emperor’s clothes” and paid a truth-teller’s price. Disgracefully hounded by the brass and their ...more
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“About Face” is an important indictment of the way America's post-WWII wars were run. Hackworth, winner of a Korean battlefield commission and a chest full of medals, spares no one, including himself, in this autobiography. Called by many, “One of the Army’s most impressive combat leaders,” Hackworth was blunt, profane, irreverent, pugnacious, and unsparing in his account of senior leadership’s glaring failures. A terrific read, even after all these years.