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CALL SIGN CHAOS
CALL SIGN CHAOS: Learning to Lead 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. We are publishing today, Tuesday, September 3, 2019 with a first printing of 200,000 copies and the book currently sits at the #1 position on Amazon.com.
“Combining simplicity and thoughtfulness, Jim Mattis has produced a classic account of a lifetime of service. Call Sign Chaos is a lesson in leadership and an evocation of humanity in the cause of peace.”—Henry Kissinger
“In this magnificent memoir, Jim Mattis details many important events in his career, but he also does much more: He explains how he is informed by his experiences in a way that teaches you how to learn from your own. Read, enjoy, and learn.”
“A portrait of Mattis’s life-defining love for the Marine Corps….His prose sings.” -- David Brooks, The New York Times
To understand Jim Mattis, we recommend that you watch the CBS Sunday Morning piece that aired this past weekend (September 1, 2019): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w83Hs2hbHg0
And to jump right into the book, here’s a link to the excerpt that ran last week in the Wall Street Journal to propel readers to pre-order the book (also attaching the excerpt): https://www.wsj.com/articles/jim-mattis-says-u-s-needs-allies-to-succeed-11567015969?shareToken=stb34dd03afb214cf9b73b78aab55ea028
CALL SIGN CHAOS is the account of Jim Mattis' 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 lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy--one relevant to us all.
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