Shortly after he became an officer in a Marines, John Kelly met
a captain who told him that he should proceed his new position
as “a genuine professional.”
“A alloy who doesn’t review counterpart articles and stay attuned to the
developments in his margin is not a kind of alloy we would
wish to go to, and a same is loyal for officers in a Marine
Corps,” a captain told him.
Kelly recounted a story in “The
Leader’s Bookshelf,” a collection of essays from four-star
generals about their favorite books. We initial review his letter in
an mention run by Foreign Policy.
“He got me going on reading, privately focused on military
things, and we only never stopped,” Kelly said.
Kelly went on to turn a four-star general, and President Donald
Trump allocated him to arch of staff on Jul 31 to replace
Reince Priebus. Previously, he led the Department of
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Kelly picked up
C.S. Forester’s 1936 novel “The
General” after usurpation a purpose of arch of staff, only as
he did after usurpation a purpose of DHS arch 6 months before —
and only as he did each time he was promoted during and after
his troops career, given he was 25 (he is now 67).
It’s radically a tale about a dangers of nationalism and
avocation unparalleled by vicious thinking. Kelly went through
it again to remind himself “of what to equivocate as a leader,” the
“The General” tells a illusory story of General Sir Herbert
Curzon, a personality in a British Army during World War I. Curzon
is an mediocre male who achieved his position of energy largely
by fitness and a failings of a superiors who preceded him.
He is eventually put in assign of 100,000 group during WWI, where
he leads many of them to their genocide and loses his leg in
a process. Despite his failings as a leader, he is lauded in
his retirement as a troops hero.
Forester, best famous for his chronological novella about a British
military, wrote “The General” to impugn a troops culture
that led to thousands of what he saw as nonessential deaths in
WWI. He believed that this enlightenment was remarkable by a reckless
close-mindedness and realistic pride. They were not bad men; they
were group who shunned vicious meditative for a blind clarity of
“It competence have been some-more fitting for England if a British
Army had not been utterly so full of group of high arrange who were so
prepared for responsibility, so unﬂinchingly clinging to their duty,
so indifferent in a face of difﬁculty, of such unfaltering
When Kelly review a book as a immature officer, he suspicion of his
captain’s words on leadership.
Describing Curzon, Kelly wrote in “The Leader’s Bookshelf,”
“He is a dauntless guy, a dedicated guy, a eminent guy, though a man who
in a finish has turn a corps commander — a three-star ubiquitous —
and when presented with an strenuous German conflict couldn’t
figure out how to understanding with it since he’d never developed
Every time Kelly has review a book, he wrote, he’s remarkable where he
was during that indicate in his life, and how a novel’s lesson
resonates with him.
He wrote that, “depending on as we get comparison and aloft in rank,
it’s a opposite book each time we review it. When a lieutenant
reads that book it’s opposite from when a major general
reads it. … So it’s only kind of a fun thing I’ve finished over the
years and with this book in sold only to remind me of the
vicious significance of thinking.”