It Doesn't Take a Hero: The Autobiography of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

It Doesn t Take a Hero The Autobiography of General H Norman Schwarzkopf He set his star by a simple motto duty honor country Only rarely does history grant a single individual the ability personal charisma moral force and intelligence to command the respect admirati

He set his star by a simple motto duty, honor, country Only rarely does history grant a single individual the ability, personal charisma, moral force, and intelligence to command the respect, admiration, and affection of an entire nation But such a man is General H Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the Allied Forces in the Gulf War Now, in this refreshingly candiHe set his star by a simple motto duty, honor, country Only rarely does history grant a single individual the ability, personal charisma, moral force, and intelligence to command the respect, admiration, and affection of an entire nation But such a man is General H Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the Allied Forces in the Gulf War Now, in this refreshingly candid and typically outspoken autobiography, General Schwarzkopf reviews his remarkable life and career the events, the adventures, and the emotions that molded the character and shaped the beliefs of this uniquely distinguished American leader.

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  1. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Schwarzkopf grew up in the United States and later in Iran He was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1956 After a number of initial training programs, Schwarzkopf interrupted a stint as an academy teacher, and served in the Vietnam War first as an adviser to the South Vietnamese Army and later as a battalion commander Schwarzkopf was highly decorated in Vietnam, being awarded three Silver Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, and the Legion of Merit Rising through the ranks after the conflict, he later commanded the U.S 24th Infantry Division and was one of the commanders of the Invasion of Grenada in 1983.Assuming command of United States Central Command in 1988, Schwarzkopf was called on to respond to the Invasion of Kuwait in 1990 by the forces of Iraq under Saddam Hussein Initially tasked with defending Saudi Arabia from Iraqi aggression, Schwarzkopf s command eventually grew to an international force of over 750,000 troops After diplomatic relations broke down, he planned and led Operation Desert Storm an extended air campaign followed by a highly successful 100 hour ground offensive which destroyed the Iraqi Army and liberated Kuwait in early 1991 Highly regarded for these exploits, Schwarzkopf became a national hero and was presented with many military honors for what historians termed one of the most successful campaigns in U.S military history.Schwarzkopf retired shortly after the end of the war and undertook a number of philanthropic ventures, only occasionally stepping into the political spotlight before his death from complications of pneumonia in late 2012 Leaving a legacy as a hard driving military commander with a strong temper, Schwarzkopf was nonetheless considered an exceptional leader by biographers and was noted for his abilities as a military diplomat and in dealing with the press.

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  1. Outstanding bookOutstanding bookI served with General Schwarzkopf in the 24th Infantry division and during Desert Shield Desert Storm This book left me with a better understanding of how we fought the war A must read for all particular the military members I retired in 1992 after 27 years as a Command Sergeants Major It was a pleasure to have served under General Schwarzkopf.



  2. Bio of Stormin Norman Schwarzkopf I enjoyed this book immensely and came away with great respect for the man Whether you agree with his politics is almost irrelevant here as he has had such an interesting military career that you want to keep reading about him I am convinced that had a decision been made to invade all of Iraq and capture Baghdade only forces that would have participated in those military actions would have been British and American Even the French would have withdrawn from the c [...]


  3. I really enjoyed learning the history of one of the recent commanders in theater Especially as it pertains to the Middle East General Schwarzkopf was very simple in detailing his experience and progression through the army He did not have, or appear to have, political alliances or military agendas he just had the desire to serve his country and serve his soldiers He was a soldier s soldier I marveled at the account of desert shield and the back and forth with Washington I executing that plan and [...]


  4. It was, strangely enough, after attending General Schwartkopf s funeral at West Point that I read his autobiography For me, seeing the streets of Highland Mills and the post itself lined with mourners, and to be seated in the Cadet Chapel behind an entire row of Kuwaiti generals, was in itself an awesome experience The love and respect shown to a man who lived the code of Honor Duty, Country, has reinforced my belief that the best men and women in our country daily come to her support.


  5. If you want to read of a person with great leadership qualities, this is one definitely worth picking up General H Norman Schwarzkopf, a West Point graduate who experienced the lows of the Vietnam War and participated in the US military s transformation in the 1980s, just in time for the end of the Cold War, exemplified the qualities of integrity, sagacity, courage, and in your face assertiveness that would serve the world well.Kuwait may have been extravagant and arrogant in its splurging of oi [...]


  6. This is the second time I have read this book Since the first time there have been many upheavals globally, including financial and corporate mismanagement on a far reaching scale When you see how General S managed a coalition comprising many cultures, his diplomacy and civility with world leaders and his concerns for the working man under his command it makes you think about the integrity and leadership instilled in the military and how it could be best utilized across our government and corpor [...]



  7. I thoroughly enjoyed reading of Schwarzkopf s long and varied military career Though a very long book, it never got boring He actually visited Iran as a child while his father was working there, and was so fascinated with the country and the culture that he vowed to return some day He barely made it into West Point it was difficult to secure the necessary recommendations due to his father s position , but thrived while he was there, and went to USC for a post graduate course, his first time at a [...]


  8. While I ve always been interested in military history, I ve never had the time to read much about it When I saw this book being offered at a discount cost for the Kindle, I decided to download and read it It s a long book 640 pages so it takes an investment in time I remembered General Schwarzkopf very well from Desert Storm and was always very impressed by him This autobiography details everything from being a West Point son to his own distinguished career I truly feel I learned a lot by readin [...]


  9. One of the most important books I ve read Gen Schartzkopf writes about the motivating factors behind good decision making, and the different stakeholders influenced by choices His leadership and foresight were amazing, and his example incredible While the entire book was great, the step by step strategy through Desert Storm fascinated me most.


  10. Five stars for a four starThis was a good read I learned a lot, and this information passed by at a great clip, which me interested It never bogged down I thought he was a great general Thanks for everything General Schwarzkopf.



  11. Very interesting book by a very interesting man He lead a very varied life before joining up, and just getting into West Point was a real struggle.He battled many difficulties in his service career to reach the top.



  12. I first read this book in 1995 I have read it once since It Doesn t Take a Hero by H Norman Schwarzkopf takes its title from a quote Schwarzkopf gave during an interview with Barbara Walters in 1991 It Doesn t Take a Hero to order men into battle It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle First, I must admit I am a Schwarzkopf fan He commanded the 1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division as a colonel while I was serving as a 1LT in the 9th Division His third child son was born about t [...]




  13. The most interesting aspect of this work is that it is a primary source written in 1992 about Iraq There is not a single mention of Al Qaeda or any other Islamic terrorist group in the entire book the closest mention is the 1983 attack in Beirut, brought up only because Schwarzkopf was concerned about Iraq committing a similar attack on US forces in Saudi Arabia The world has changed quite a bit since then and the events of this book played no small role in creating that change Our role in the M [...]


  14. Easy to read and provides the amazing journey of Schwarzkopf from his time in Iran with his dad through his time leading Desert Shield Storm.


  15. This is a great book about a man who set high goals and ideals for himself and his men But he also took care of his people This is illustrated during the Vietnam War when some troops walked into a minefield and exploded a few He went in and got them out One of the troopers was badly wounded and General H Norman Schwarzkopf put the wounded limb in a sling and got him out of the minefield He took the West Point motto Duty, Honor, Country and made it his own as his Dad had also done All great leade [...]


  16. This book is for military enthusiasts and leadersI was in high school when the Gulf War erupted The book gave me a better insights what really happened I think it s not just about the military and leadership perspective, but also the general as a person.


  17. I truly loved this book It s written in the first person, and exceptionally candid especially for someone of that rank Schwarzkopf clearly not only understood military tactics and strategy extremely well, but also how important it is to really look after your troops.It amazes me how reluctant many leaders are to recognize the fact that if you take care of your people, overwhelmingly your people will go above and beyond to serve you in return Schwarzkopf clearly did not have a hard time learning [...]


  18. Really interesting book which shows true love and passion for his troops a star example of a great man and general


  19. This had everything for the military historian It started with Iran during WWII, described West Point in the early 50 s, and the change in Army culture from the mid 50 s until 1991 In this vast sweep, General Schwarzkopf described most everything from garrison leadership following the Korean War, to the formation of TRADOC, to the post Soviet era when the US was adapting to being the world s last superpower All of this, plus first person accounting from two tours in the Vietnamese jungles, the e [...]


  20. I read this book when I was a young Private stationed in 2ND MP, 2ND ID as a medic I drew inspiration and character greatly from It Doesn t Take a Hero It is nearly 2 decades later In fact, I just retired from the Army I just want to say Thank YOU General Stormin Norman Schwarzkopf In so many circumstances, instances, and challenges, your words and spirit were always with me Most recently, talking candidly with my Command Sergeant Major, I asked him if he felt like he was Gen Colin Powell or Gen [...]


  21. I gave this book 5 stars,not because it is a classic, but because I found General Schwarzkopf s life and military career particularly interesting, candid and not sugar coated, and compelling He vividly illustrates some powerful life lessons that are valuable to any young person in lending perspective on one s life work One is the value of the network and the small world syndrome Another is the value of locating and retaining good mentors Yet another is the possibility for overcoming among childr [...]


  22. I liked this a lot I know that a lot of people felt that the Gulf War had broke the curse of the Vietnam Syndrome and for that reason embraced Norman Schwarzkopf as a hero Not his evaluation of himself though The title comes from an interview he gave to Barbara Walters It Doesn t Take a Hero to order men into battle It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle I found it fascinating to hear his account of his career in the military His experience in Vietnam and the lessons he drew [...]


  23. The whole book was really potraying Schwartzkopf as a hero The book does speak to effective leadership styles He speaks to the leadership styles of various commanding styles of his commanding officers as he came up the ranks The best quote of the book came when as a four star general he lead Desert Storm I was absolutely dependent on the individual skills, temperaments, and justment of my generals I could establish a framework and convey my intentions and the spirit in which I wanted the campaig [...]


  24. He set his star by a simple motto duty, honor, country Only rarely does history grant a single individual the ability, personal charisma, moral force, and intelligence to command the respect, admiration, and affection of an entire nation But such a man is General H Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the Allied Forces in the Gulf War Now, in this refreshingly candid and typically outspoken autobiography, General Schwarzkopf reviews his remarkable life and career the events, the adventures, and the [...]


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