Character Carved in Stone: The 12 Core Virtues of West Point That Build Leaders and Produce SuccessPat Williams, Jim DenneyRevell / 2019 / Hardcover$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 8 Reviews
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Mrs. W.5 Stars Out Of 5Very well writtenJune 12, 2019Mrs. W.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There is an inspiriting history lesson in each chapter, which gives an example of each virtue represented. Some of the people featured include: Ulysses S. Grant, Maggie Dixon, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Pat Williams does an excellent job in organizing these powerful traits and encouraging readers to understand how these 12 virtues will help them in life. I think the type of reader who would benefit the most from this book are those who are out working for a living, and those who are aspiring to do difficult things in life and want to do them with integrity.
Mark4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting readApril 20, 2019MarkQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I really don't know much about Westpoint, but this book intrigued me, so I requested it for review. It is more of a deep read than my average reading material, but it was an interesting read. There is a lot of history in it, as the authors go as far back as the Civil War to relate stories of graduates who portrayed the characteristics well.
There are people in the book I have heard and read a lot about, and others I had no clue who they were. The author did a great job of finding the information and compiling it in a book like this. Since I don't know a lot about Westpoint, I had no idea that they had leadership virtues, or what they were. I enjoyed learning about them, as well those who exemplified those virtues down through the last couple hundred years.
In addition to learning about these people, I also walked away with a greater appreciation for our military and what they do to keep our country safe. Along with that, I also learned more about these virtues and how important they are for all of us, not just the military.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Character Carved in Stone ~ Pat Williams with Jim DenneyMarch 10, 2019debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a short read, but very big on contents. In this book we learn about leadership from the teachings of 12 key point virtues taught at West Point Military Academy. As each chapter covers one of the 12 virtues, it also gives us examples of leaders in history and how the virtues shape leaders and the character of our personal journey in life. The stories are easy to read and very interesting of how they shaped our country.
I would recommend this to anyone that wants to be a great leader or improve on living a better life. This is a book that anyone can read. If you are interested in history, this will be a good read. The explanation in each chapter also covers interesting information of West Point. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to become a better person.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising."
StaceyAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Must Read! Great Gift for Grads (and Everyone Else)!March 8, 2019StaceyAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5First, I would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to Pat Williams and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Character Carved in Stone" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
"Character Carved in Stone" by Pat Williams is a moving, entertaining and motivational read. I originally requested this book for review because I grew up in the area of upstate New York near West Point. I love reading books that transport me to my childhood home. And this book blessed me with many stories about integrity and leadership from the worlds of sports and military service.
Written by Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of NBA Basketball's Orlando Magic, "Character Carved in Stone" focuses on twelve characteristics of leadership taught at West Pointtwelve characteristics lived by great leaderstwelve characteristics carved into benches of pink marble located at West Point overlooking the Hudson River donated by members of the West Point Graduating Class of 1934...twelve characteristics that every human being would benefit from embracing.
Each chapter embraces one of the twelve virtues: compassion, courage, dedication, determination, dignity, discipline, integrity, loyalty, perseverance, responsibility, service and trust. And each chapter feels like an intimate conversation: I'm sitting on the couch with the author over a cup of coffee listening to him tell stories about people who have exemplified each of these characteristics. Tears fall as I read about men and women giving the ultimate sacrifice because they embody these traits. They also fall as I read about those who didn't have a drop of these traits within them.
This is a book for my keeper shelf. I probably won't loan it out, but will buy it for high school and college graduates and everyone I love! Great book!
FayeAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 512 core values of leadershipFebruary 27, 2019FayeAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Using examples of both historical and more recent West Point graduates, Pat Williams takes us through the 12 core values of West Point and how they define a good leader. Each of these characteristics are carved into one of twelve stone benches on the West Point campus. Compassion, courage, integrity, dignity, perseverance, determination, dedication, responsibility, discipline, service, loyalty and trust.
I really enjoyed learning about West Point's rich history and about just a few of its famous alumni, from the compassion of Ulysses S. Grant, to the courage of the Astronauts of Apollo II, as well as a family with a long legacy of West Point graduates. Some of my favorite chapters were about lesser known heroes, who though not as commonly praised, were no less deserving, one of my favorite biographies was that of the Father of West Point, Sylvanus Thayer, as well as that of Omar Bradley.
Engaging and inspiring, this was a very quick read that piqued my interest into looking deeper into the stories of some of the people mentioned within its pages. I learned so much, and would definitely recommend this book as a pleasant and entertaining read for all ages, as I believe that it's never too early to learn good character.
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