Well known as a writer from his “Forward Edge” column in ARMY Magazine, and from his previous book, FOLLOW ME, General “Red” Newman here conveys the knowledge and wisdom of a lifetime, based on his notes of a lifetime in the Army, in peace and at war, and on his devotion to the service and the men who make it a human entity.
In all his writing, General Newman demonstrates, as one reader phrased it, “a unique ability to give insight into soldiering at its most important levels...” In doing so, he highlights the ages and stages of military life starting with his own career and distilling from it precepts, cautions, and a pattern for a successful commander to follow.
In these sixty-six chapters, the most important, the most difficult, and what on the face if it might seem the most trivial, matters are discussed — the challenge of command and leadership to picking up butts from the latrine floor; decision-making, the command personality (and the signs of the insecure commander); the real meaning of the Purple Heart; what high rank really means (not an ego-trip). Lessons to be learned are neatly illustrated and capped with succinct points to remember. General Newman’s values are solid, his vision clear. No man in or out of uniform should neglect to hear him or hesitate to follow his lead. His advice is practical, doable, whether involving the use of three-by-five index cards or bayonets; what to do in a nuclear attack or how to entertain a VIP.
Written in a informal style as if the author were talking to the reader, Newman’s prose is clear, intimate, and to the point. In WHAT ARE GENERALS MADE OF?, this general has given the best of himself and as he tells us what this general is made of, he gives credit to a host of others.
Author: Maj Gen Aurbrey "Red" Newman
ISBN: 81 7062 102 X