Michael's Dispatches

West Point Leadership- Profiles of Courage


16 July 2013



Yesterday a tremendous book arrived via courier.  I normally do not review books but this one includes some of my writing and photographs and so this was mandatory.  I spent hours flipping through the pages.  The quality is amazing.

My initial impression is that the authors have created an important historical compilation of incredible careers and accomplishments.  Profiles of Courage can be used as a biographical and historical reference yet also contains gripping stories from many wars.

Profiles of Courage is not the sort of book that I will read in one push, but will keep on my desk to take piece by piece.  I personally know some of the folks whose careers are described, and so naturally went to their biographies and enjoyed every word and picture, some of which I made.  It is a great honor to have work included in these historical pages.  This is high quality work.

My second impression is that if the Naval and Air Force academies do not have similar historical accounts, they should get on it.


  • Nearly three years in the making, this is one of the most unique books ever published about West Point with a sole and extensive focus on its graduates. It is a 'must-have' book for cadet, graduate, or fan of West Point.
  • 20 esteemed authors, each with military experience.
  • Over 2,000 unique photos. Most of these have never been seen by the public.
  • 180 Inspirational Biographies of West Point graduates with unique stories and how they impacted the world.
  • Over 500 pages in a 10" X 10" coffee table book.
  • Conceived and created by West Point graduates; designed and constructed by a professional media company.

Buy this book:


(This is not a sales pitch, just a great book.  I will not earn a dime.)





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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Daniel Ward · 7 years ago
    Here's hoping that, as we go into the future, the "Long Gray Line" stays long in both numbers and quality.
  • This commment is unpublished.
    Michael Moore · 7 years ago
    I will certainly order the book. The USNA Class of 2002 has a similar book, although it differs in that it deals exclusively with around 2 members of the the Class of 2002. It is "In the Shadow of Greatness" by Joshua Welle, John Ennis, Katherinbe Karen, and Graham Plaster (US Naval Institute Press)
    Navy''s motto is "Non Sibi Sed Patriae" (Not for self but for country), Several bios were written posthumously
    by widows and parents. I found each story inspirational. I was struck by the fact that all of these kids,(I'm 72) male and female, were motivated from the earliest years to a life of service as being the life that has the most meaning, even at mortal risk. Yet, the same congressmen who may have nominated them back home, was terrified of speaking their voice in Congress for fear of being "primaried" back home!
  • This commment is unpublished.
    Rick Clay · 7 years ago

    Every one loves your book "IRAQ inside the inferno" I also sent out a copy of your older book "Iraq Providing Hope" to a good friend that was President Lyndon Baines Johnson Johnson's CIA analyst. He loved the book. Keep up the good work buddy.
  • This commment is unpublished.
    Non Compos Mentis · 7 years ago
    Sorry to nitpick, but somebody has to say it: "... one of the most unique books...." Something is either unique or it's not. It can't be "most unique".

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