Washington and Eisenhower: Political Generals
Petraeus | Hertog Lecture on Leadership
While military service is not a requirement of office for the President of the United States, 12 U.S. presidents have served as general in the armed forces. Two such presidents, George Washington and Dwight D. Eisenhower, stand out for both their critical role in wartime leadership and wisdom in their vision for the future of the country following their time in office. What leadership qualities did Washington and Eisenhower share, and what lessons can we take from their warnings, in an era of factionalism and contentious political interests?
Rick Atkinson is the award-winning author of the Liberation Trilogy, which examines U.S. involvement in World War II. His newest book is The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775–1777, the inaugural volume of the Revolution Trilogy. General David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.) (moderator) commanded coalition forces during the Surges in both Iraq and Afghanistan and served as director of the CIA. He is now a partner in the global investment firm KKR and chairman of the KKR Global Institute.
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The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson
The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The Liberation Trilogy, 3) by Rick Atkinson
The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (The Liberation Trilogy, 2) by Rick Atkinson
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 (The Liberation Trilogy, 1) by Rick Atkinson
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