American Generalship

Character Is Everything: The Art of Command

by Edgar Puryear

“What does it take to make a great general or a great leader in any field? . . . An excellent contribution to the study of leadership among those who make life-and-death decisions in the most challenging situations—one that could well serve as required reading in both military and business schools.”—Kirkus Reviews

Throughout his life, Edgar F. “Beau” Puryear has studied America’s top military leaders. In his research for this book, he has sought to discover what allowed them to rise above their contemporaries; what prepared them for the terrible responsibilities they bore as the commanders of our armed forces during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, and on to today; how they are different from you and me. Ultimately, first and foremost, Dr. Puryear discovered that character is the single most important and the most distinctive element shared by these individuals: that character is everything!

“Beau Puryear again reaches into his gold mine of research and comes forward with the essence of great generalship. . . . Well-done and a worthy read.”—General Colin L. Powell

“We can always learn more about the importance of character to successful leadership. With this book, we do just that.”—General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

  • Random House Publishing Group; April 2010
  • ISBN: 9780307574381
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: American Generalship
  • Author: Edgar Puryear
  • Imprint: Presidio Press

In The Press

“What does it take to make a great general or a great leader in any field? . . . An excellent contribution to the study of leadership among those who make life-and-death decisions in the most challenging situations—one that could well serve as required reading in both military and business schools.”Kirkus Reviews

“Beau Puryear again reaches into his gold mine of research and comes forward with the essence of great generalship. . . . Well-done and a worthy read.”—General Colin L. Powell

“We can always learn more about the importance of character to successful leadership. With this book, we do just that.”—General H. Norman Schwarzkopf


About The Author

Edgar F. Puryear, Jr., is a graduate of the University of Maryland and earned an MA from the University of Denver, an MA and PhD from Princeton University, and an LLB from the University of Virginia. A professor emeritus at Georgetown University, he is the author of Stars in Flight and American Generalship.