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Author: Gus Lee Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9781511316491
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With Schwarzkopf is Gus Lee's remembrance of his mentor and friend H. Norman Schwarzkopf, and his firsthand account of how Schwarzkopf shaped his life. In 1966, Lee, a junior-year cadet at West Point, was bright, athletic, and popular. He was also on the verge of getting kicked out. Nearing the bottom of his class due to his penchant for playing poker and reading recreationally instead of studying engineering, he was assigned a new professor: then-Major Norman Schwarzkopf. Schwarzkopf's deeply principled nature and fierce personality took hold of the wayward cadet, and the two began meeting regularly and discussing what it meant to be a scholar, a soldier, and a man.

Lee's vibrant, witty narrative brings his more than forty-year relationship with Schwarzkopf to life. Listeners get an inside look at West Point culture; they see Schwarzkopf's bristling anger with his rebellious pupil as well as his tenacity, intellect, and moments of surprising emotional warmth; and they watch as Lee starts to absorb his teachings. As he left West Point and took on more professional and personal roles, Lee approached every crisis or difficult decision by channeling his mentor. Over the years, Schwarzkopf's instilled values, wise counsel, and warm conversations shaped Lee and brought the two together in an unlikely friendship. In With Schwarzkopf, Lee passes along the lessons he learned so future generations can hear Schwarzkopf's important teachings.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gus Lee captures the essence of true mentorship in this book. Regardless of the professional discipline, Lee illustrates that caring leaders who nurture those under their charge will set the conditions for long-term success in any organization.”

    Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen

  • “Gus Lee has written something special by bringing into focus the moral character, example, and strength of one of America’s greatest generals since WWII. General Schwarzkopf’s courage, love of his soldiers, energy, and infectious spirit will be forever remembered as an example of selfless and effective military service, and Gus Lee has captured that well in this touching book.”

    Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, ret.

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About the Author

Gus Lee is an ethicist, a character-based leadership authority, and the author of several bestselling books, including China Boy and Courage: The Backbone of Leadership. He was the chair of character development at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was mentored as a cadet by H. Norman Schwarzkopf.

About the Narrator

Lauren Ezzo, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a commercial voice talent and Chicago–based actor and graduate of Hope College. She has acted in Peppermint Creek Theatre Company’s world premiere of Or You Could Kiss Me. Her narrations have placed her on several “Best of the Year” lists, including AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of the Year list. In 2018, she was part of a full cast of narrators nominated for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Original Work.