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Paths to Leadership

by Dwight Jon Zimmerman
Foreword by James M. McPherson

ISBN  978-0-918339-62-1 | Hardcover |144 pages, 8x10 |Acid Free  paper |Illustrated
Index |November 30, 2005|$22.95

      First Command presents the early exploits of important generals in American history -- pivotal moments in their careers that occurred before the spotlight of fame illuminated their lives. Some of the incidents that shaped these officers were part of landmark conflicts, others are now no more than footnotes in American military history, and still others occurred without the sounds of guns being fired in anger. But in all cases these men and women gained valuable experience and direction. A young adult book suitable for all ages, the book  has received advance critical acclaim from historians and education experts alike. Discovery Channels has purchased  a series based on First Command for broadcast  in late fall of 2005. Weller Grossman Productions will produce the three one-hour episodes with an option for additional episodes. 

Early comments have been enthusiastic… 

[A] splendid book. . . . The reader will come away with admiration for these remarkable individuals and greater understanding of America’s wars. I commend First Command to readers of all ages.

-- James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of

Battle Cry of Freedom, from the Foreword

Engaging, interesting, and really captivating . . . a great sense of discovery.

-- Philip Caputo, Pulitzer Prize winner and

bestselling author of A Rumor of War

A highly original book, backed by solid research.

-- Thomas Fleming, author of Liberty! The American Revolution

All is done with authority and panache.

-- Martin Blumenson, bestselling author of Patton and editor of

the bestselling The Patton Papers

Thoughtful . . . spirited . . . informative and inspirational.

-- Craig L. Symonds, Ph.D., Professor of History US Naval Academy,

 Lincoln  Award finalist, and Civil War scholar

It’s an all-too-rare glimpse of young men and women (some still in their teens!) facing the most daunting of challenges—and never suspecting what destiny had in store.

-- Shalom Fisch, Ph.D. Noted authority on educational media,

 former vice president at Sesame Workshop


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