“Once an Eagle is simply the best work of fiction on leadership in print.” —General Martin E. Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Required reading for West Point and Marine Corps cadets, Once An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above self-interest. Massengale, however, brilliantly advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington's corridors of power. Beginning in the French countryside during the Great War, the conflict between these adversaries solidifies in the isolated garrison life marking peacetime, intensifies in the deadly Pacific jungles of World War II, and reaches its treacherous conclusion in the last major battleground of the Cold War—Vietnam. Now reissued with a new foreword by acclaimed historian Carlo D'Este, here is an unforgettable story of a man who embodies the best in our nation—and in us all.
Once an Eagle
This should be required reading for anyone who has never gone to war, and for those about to.
I recommend this book to anybody who is interested in joining the military and/or someone who is looking to become a great human being.
Long but the best book that I have read so far.
A must read
I read this book as a teenager, as a newly commissioned officer and now as a retired veteran. Each time, my experiences have colored how the book affects me. Each time, it was a powerful experience. This is a must read for all persons who seek a leadership role. What it states about character and setting an example is timeless.