“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.
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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.
Best book ever
I've worn out 3 paper back copies, so I'm pumped this is finally digital. I love how it shows not only the combat and loss during conflict, but also the politics and more mundane aspects of a military life. Damon is my hero.
Still great, still relevant
This is one of the best novels of all time and should be required reading for all leaders; not just those in the military.
I've read this book 8 times over the last 20 years and enjoy it every single time.