This Page is reserved for the works of our published Classmates. There have been some suggestions that the subject page should include reviews of all the literary works authored by members of this Great Class. I would be happy to include reviews of any such works if only I had the material in hand. I do not plan to write those reviews myself and so I am inviting all such distinguished authors to send me a short summary of their work along with, hopefully, a JPG photo of the cover. Please e-mail reviews direct to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will then do my own magic and transmogrify your submissions into the form and substance required for the Web Site. It matters not how long nor how erudite your work might be. All are invited. Many Classmates would find them interesting, perhaps so much that they might rush out and buy their own copy.
10. "Portraits in Brass" by our own Dick Toner (Jim Gallager)
11. "Organizations in the Movies" by our own Steve Sloane (G. Miki Hayden)
Sloane's stated intention with this book is to look at the "...tension between what it means to be a human doer and what it means to be a human being" by considering how people behave as participants in organizational life. He posits that our roles in the organization can be a source of our unhappiness, and that film and its examples of how others confront, or in some way deal with their organizational, role can prepare the rest of us to cope in similar or dissimilar fashion.
Looking at films such as "Twelve O'Clock High" (about daylight bombing in Europe during WW II), "Electric Horseman" (in which a famed cowboy sells his image to corporate America), "Groundhog Day" (the saga of how a "cog in the wheel" of a local news team finds his humanity), "2001: A Space Odyssey" (in which the machine rejects its human project partner) --and others--Sloane reviews the types of solutions protagonists and antagonists have found regarding their position in the grander scheme of things.
Part of the pleasure in reading the book is being reminded of some favorite films (I told you we love movies) and part is in seeing those films in a brand new light. The dramatic story of a military psychopath in "A Few Good Men," under Sloane's tutelage becomes the plight of a zealot confronted by an organization that has its own, more moderate and culturally accommodating views. In "Getting Lost in America," what we see as a comedic flight from corporate life is viewed by Sloane as a journey allowing the protagonists to see more clearly what they really need and want--what they had before. Thus, the author gives us a peek into another context.
Once we see Sloane's point in the films he chooses to expose to our view, we are more open to regarding many other moves in the same way and to better our own situations through a reinvigorated understanding of the social organism as a whole.
12. “Gold Stripes on a Jackass: The Quest for Moral Efficiency" by our own Steve Sloane (Carter McNeese)
The book is a recounting of Steve's 26-year career in the Navy and especially some of the several key times when he felt confronted with the choice between being an officer or a gold-striped jackass. These times involved having the guts to speak truth to and even question authority as well as having the wisdom and judgment to treat human beings as human beings, not merely as useable resources. Steve's prose is clear and effortless to read; his tone is genial, affable, and conversational; and his thoughts, conclusions, and insights about leadership and responsibility are profoundly instructive. Any one from a newly commissioned officer to a shop foreman to the CEO of a multi-national corporation can profit by heeding what Steve has written in this book.
Reading it, I confess, took me longer than I had expected not only because I became so thoroughly engrossed in Steve's experiences themselves, but also because it brought back so vividly some similar experiences of my own, both as an officer and as a civilian, that I caught myself staring off into space for moments at a time as I remembered them. I've been lucky enough to encounter very, very few jackasses in my life, but the conclusion I came to a good while ago is that ONLY jackasses really NEED a gold stripe because without it they're nothing. Real officers don't need a stripe at all because their leadership and authority shine from within.
13. "Cohen's Law" by our own Steve Sloane (Ted Kramer)
16. "One Magnificent Bastard: BGEN William Wiese, USMC (ret.)" by Fritz Warren, Bill Hamel, and Bob Rositzke (Bob Rositzke)
Excerpts from book endorsements provided by distinguished Marines:
“If in America, our experiment in freedom and democracy is to survive, every generation will need combat leaders of Bill Weise’s stature.”… General Jim Mattis, USMC (Retired) -11th Commander of U. S. Central Command in Afghanistan and NATO Supreme Commander Transformation
“…his devotion to Corps and Country, and to those with whom he served epitomizes the deepest meaning of “Marine”. America is blessed by the likes of a few good men like Bill Weise” …General Carl Mundy, USMC (Retired) – 30th Commandant of the Marine Corps
“For those who are introduced to “Wild Bill” in these pages, you will come away with an appreciation for how the Corps develops great leaders –and how great leaders enrich our Corps!”…General Peter Pace, USMC (Retired) -16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
“...You will marvel at his superb leadership skills, his brilliant tactical maneuvers under the stress of heavy combat, his exceptional courage and heroism under fire, the intense high standards he maintained in all of his commands….” General Al Gray, USMC (Retired) -29th Commandant of the Marine Corps
“… Bill was known as a warrior, a Navy Cross winner who thrived on challenge. He was known to lead by example. His view of the Corps was forged and tempered in close combat….”… General Joseph J. Went, USMC (Retired) –Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
“… Dai Do stands out as one of the fiercest and most complex engagements of the Vietnam War. The leadership of General William Weise will be remembered as one of the center pieces of that historic battle….” James Webb, Marine and former US Senator, Virginia
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