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Superb book and leadership case-study

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message 1: by John (last edited May 04, 2015 07:03PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

John Antal Ralph Peters has written a superb historical novel that is both an exciting story and a case study on leadership.
Peters dramatically puts you in the boots of the soldiers and leaders of the critical battles of the American Civil War in 1864: Confederate General Jubal Early’s bold attempt to seize Washington D.C.; the bloody fight for the Shenandoah Valley; and the decisive Union Victory at Cedar Creek. If you have never heard of these tumultuous battles, this is the best way I know to receive an education.
"Valley of the Shadow" brings both the private soldier and the key leaders to life. At the same time, this book is a shining example of how literature can become an instrument to help anyone become a better leader. The leadership of General “Lew” Wallace, in particular, resonated with me. Wallace displayed courage, determination and foresight under intense pressure, understanding what was necessary and disobeying orders to save Washington D.C. from Confederate capture. As the government in Washington panicked, “Lew” stood firm. The fact that after the Civil War, Wallace went on to write one of the best-selling novels of all time, "Ben Hur, A Tale of Christ," is testimony to his genius. That genius was evident on July 9, 1864, at the Battle of Monocracy, where Wallace literally saved the U.S. Capitol and the cause by fighting a fierce delay against 20,000 Confederates to his mere 5,800 hastily organized green recruits and file clerks. Ralph Peters brings this account to life as no other author could.


John Warren love the book thought it was the best of the three so far cant wait for the next one


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