- Concrete Examples
- Insider's Take
James Mattis, a Marine’s Marine whose call sign was “Chaos,” is a revered military figure and a scholar of modern warfare. He recounts 30 years of Middle East wars, when US resolve flickered, harming crucial alliances. As President Donald Trump’s secretary of defense, he felt those around him should have shared his values, but claims they did not. His memoir, written with historian Bing West, offers leadership advice, but scant insight into Mattis’s Defense Department tenure or his own nature. Like the old soldier he is, Mattis shares his practical knowledge while –disappointingly – keeping his own counsel about much else.
About the Authors
Retired Marine Corps general James Mattis served in the Obama and Trump administrations. Bing West is a combat veteran and historian at the Hoover Institute.