Call Sign Chaos

Call Sign Chaos

Learning to Lead

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis--the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time--and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.

Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis's storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas--and short-sighted thinking--now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars.

Mattis divides his book into three parts: Direct Leadership, Executive Leadership, and Strategic Leadership. In the first part, Mattis recalls his early experiences leading Marines into battle, when he knew his troops as well as his own brothers. In the second part, he explores what it means to command thousands of troops and how to adapt your leadership style to ensure your intent is understood by your most junior troops so that they can own their mission. In the third part, Mattis describes the challenges and techniques of leadership at the strategic level, where military leaders reconcile war's grim realities with political leaders' human aspirations, where complexity reigns and the consequences of imprudence are severe, even catastrophic.

Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780812996838
0812996836
Branch Call Number: 355.6097 MATTIS J
Characteristics: xiv, 300 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: West, Francis J - Author

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Daanii
Sep 13, 2019

I don't like books like this written as an autobiography with the help of a professional author (I would call him a ghostwriter but he's credited as a co-author). I would rather just have one voice speaking instead of the inauthentic mixing of two voices.

But this book is worth reading in spite of that problem. Unlike people like James Comey, James Mattis realizes he is not perfect and he shares his ideas rather than preaches them. He's not really humble, but he is down-to-earth, and his career shows how his talents have helped our country. In his service he has given more than he has received.

Donald Trump liked to call James Mattis "Mad Dog" and some others portray him as intellectual and bookish. But neither of those things really capture the man. This book does. It's worth reading.

[It's a shame that another reviewer has dashed off a silly review giving the book 1/2 star because of the reviewer's political views. Ignore that review.]

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white_wolf_874
Sep 09, 2019

I bet he wishes he didn't wreck his entire career by working with the orange con man. Glad your gone Mattis.

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hilbrmh
Sep 09, 2019

Would the library consider providing copies of the audiobook for users of the library? Thank you.

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