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Major General Perry M. Smith

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Major General Perry M. Smith "served 30 years in the U.S. Air Force where he commanded an F-15 fighter wing, served as the Air Forces top planner and was commandant of the National War College. He holds a doctorate in international relations from Columbia University and has been seen on CNN, CBS-TV and radio, and NBC News as a military analyst. This is Smiths seventh book, with Rules and Tools for Leaders landing a top spot on Amazon.coms bestseller list. Smith and his wife reside in Augusta, Georgia and have two children and three grandchildren."  Major General Perry M. Smith is the author of Courage, Compassion, Marine: The Unique Story of Jimmie Dyess, Taking Charge - A Practical Guide for Leaders, Taking Charge: Making the Right Choices, Assignment Pentagon: The Insiders Guide To The Potomac Puzzle Palace  and a co-author of Rules & Tools for Leaders: From Developing Your Own Skills to Running Organizations of Any Size, Practical Advice for Leaders at All Level and Assignment Pentagon: How to Excel in a Bureaucracy.

According to the book description of Courage, Compassion, Marine: The Unique Story of Jimmie Dyess,  "In America the two highest awards for heroism are the Medal of Honor and the Carnegie Medal (heroism by a civilian). In order to earn these awards, one must perform an act of extraordinary heroism that is witnessed, documented and fully validated. For risking his life to save a drowning woman, 19-year-old Jimmie Dyess received his first medal of heroism, the Carnegie Medal. Years later, after becoming Marine Lieutenant Colonel Dyess, he earned the Medal of Honor for saving four wounded Marines behind enemy lines and for exemplary valor and leadership. Dyess received this medal posthumously.


Dyess is the only person to have received Americas two highest awards of heroism. His unique story of courage and compassion inspired Perry Smith, a best selling author and husband of Dyess daughter, to write Dyess biography. In Courage, Compassion, Marine, Smith highlights Dyess accomplishments of being an Eagle Scout and all American marksman as well as his dedication to serving his community and country. Smith also takes readers through the history of the Marine Corps, the Medal of Honor, and the Carnegie Medal. He also highlights important figures such as General George Marshall, Admiral Chester Nimitz and Andrew Carnegie."


According to the book description of Rules and Tools for Leaders, it "offers insightful and useful advice that avoids the flavor-of-the-month management theories that are long on speculation and short on practical application, This is a fully revised, updated, and reorganized edition of a classic management handbook. It never loses sight of the big picture of how any company should operate. It provides useful and time-tested advice that can be implemented immediately to the benefit of the entire organization. From defining the qualities of outstanding leaders to putting good leadership skills into practice, from managing yourself and others to handling the difficult tests that leadership brings, this book includes valuable checklists and reviews. In addition, it highlights some of the best leadership programs and presents a host of compelling and instructive anecdotes that illustrate the ideas throughout."


According to the book description of Assignment Pentagon: How to Excel in a Bureaucracy, "since the first edition of Assignment: Pentagon was published in 1988, great changes have occurred in the international environment, the application of U.S. national security strategy, and the manner in which the Pentagon functions. Now in its fourth printing and with a coauthor to lend a different perspective, Assignment: Pentagon remains the best book for anyone who works for the Pentagon, or for any big bureaucracy for that matter. Eminently readable, Assignment: Pentagon is the essential guide for the newly assigned military person, fresh civilian, and interested outsider to the Pentagons informal set of arrangements, networks, and functions that operate in the service and joint service world. From the type of wristwatch one needs to how to succeed on the Joint Staff, the book delivers a wealth of practical advice and helpful hints about surviving the pressures and problems of working in The Building. If youve been assigned to the Pentagon or are starting work for any large company, you need Assignment: Pentagon."

According to the book description of Taking Charge: Making the Right Choices, "A handy guide for leaders. Includes more than 25 checklists to help leaders and managers hire, fire, run meetings, plan, deal with the press, etc."

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