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For this reviewer, one striking feature of this book is ‘Redmond’s Rules’, twenty-five ‘sayings’ each by themselves a ‘tome’ within a tome! Beginning with, “Lead, follow or get the Hell out of the way”, and ending with, “There is life after the military, when the time is right, go for it!" Interspersed throughout the book are the remaining twenty-three selectively emphasizing an episode within a story or summarizing the essence of a chapter. An interesting technique of authorship for I found they synthesized the lesson learned or point being made.
There is much in this book that will strike a familiar chord with the reader if he too traveled thepath of an airborne infantry 0fficer from ‘second looie’ to ‘full bull’ with all that comes between those less exalted to exalted ranks! There is much that is the same and an equal amount that is different–for each puts his own ‘mark’ on those things that impact ‘soldiering’ as a leader of Soldiers! The author pulled twenty-four years as a Soldier (Reviewer note: Not by typo accident is the “S’ in Soldier capitalized! Soldiering is a ‘profession’ not just a job and those who ‘soldier’ deserve to be acknowledged with capitalization!), and, as he puts it, “It had been quite a journey. And, I had done it my way.” And that becomes ever more apparent as one reads through the 559 pages! Yet, the reading wasn’t tedious—just the opposite! This reviewer found that the ending of one Chapter stimulated turning the page to begin another! Perhaps that is because I was almost 20 years into my 37+ years as a Soldier when Larry began his 24. And yet, so much of his experiences mirror that of all who choose to take on the task of leading America’s Soldiers! As do all, the author learned that ‘learning to lead’ begins with having the willingness to learn from the NCOs before trying to put one’s own ‘mark’ on leadership! In this review it was difficult to isolate the critical points of the author’s career for there were many that configured what would happen next! And, as is too true for the career Soldier, at times you are less the decider and more the victim (or beneficiary) of others whims or desires! Larry fortunately benefitted more than suffered, but this was a by-product of his outstanding dedication to his duty and the ‘above the rest’ performance of such! To go, in a quarter century, from a ROTC DMG to a much sought after O-6 in the Army is in itself a significant achievement. To be in the upper decile of that group even more so----it is being in the upper ten percent of the upper twenty percent of the officers of the Army!
If the reader is beginning a career as an Army officer, study the lessons learned in this book! If you’ve ‘been there and done that’ you’ll find much that resembles your journey! If you’ve never pulled a day of ‘Soldiering’, as you read, understand and be thankful that there are ‘REDMONDS’ willing to do so for your security and that of your country!
Col. William E. Weber, USA-Ret for Airborne Quarterly Magazine Winter 2015
Colonel, enjoyed the read and all the stories. Spent a lot of time at Bragg myself. Gave the book to my (son) young 2nd Lieutenant whose with the 4th Infantry he said they did not teach him that kind of stuff at West Point or Infantry Basic Officers Leadership Course.
Roger Grider, Sgt 82nd Airborne Division 1980 - 1986