Summary of TOPGUN on Wall Street

Why the United States Military Should Run Corporate America

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TOPGUN on Wall Street book summary
Jeffery Lay has seen it all, from submarines to a real war zone: Wall Street.


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Jeffery Lay, a retired United States Navy commander, was one of the Navy’s most qualified fighter pilots. A graduate of the fabled TOPGUN Navy Fighter Weapons School, Lay has constantly overcome life’s most difficult challenges. He was the first Navy pilot ever to beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma and resume his dangerous, demanding life as a “strike fighter.” Lay offers a front-seat look at how pilots manage their harrowing tasks – such as unnerving night landings on moving aircraft carriers in stormy seas. Lay became a wealth adviser after he hung up his wings. He came to believe that accountable, responsible military officers could run Wall Street and corporate America more honestly, honorably, efficiently and effectively than those now in charge. Despite Lay’s authoritarian voice, his naïveté dampens his credibility, as when he asserts the long-debunked belief – disproven by the 9/11 Commission – of an alliance between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, long an enemy of Iraq. With that caveat, getAbstract suggests Lay’s remarkable story as an exciting account of an ace fighter pilot’s life, as a useful dose of investment advice and as one man’s unique, stern look at what ails corporate America.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Lt. Cmdr. Jeffery Lay first became a Naval aviator,
  • What creeds and philosophies military leaders follow, and
  • How following those credos could improve Wall Street and corporate America.


US Military Leaders: Better than Their Corporate Counterparts
Officers in the US military, particularly the US Navy, manage things quite differently than civilian leaders. Guided by the basic principles of duty, honor, accountability, excellence, fastidious planning, training and preparation...
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About the Authors

Lt. Cmdr. Jeffery Lay (Ret.), a 24-year US military veteran, mentors investment professionals on risk management, capital preservation and asset allocation. Patrick Robinson is the author of seven bestselling suspense thrillers.

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