Duty First is a penetrating account of a year inside one of America's premier schools for leadership -- the United States Military Academy -- as it celebrates the bicentennial of its founding. Ed Ruggero, a former West Point cadet and professor, takes an incisive look at how this elite school builds the "leaders of character" who will command the nation's military.
Writing with deep insight and superb narrative skill, Ruggero follows the cadet's tumultuous lives: the initial grueling training; the strict student hierarchy and intense classroom work; and the interaction between the lowly first-year plebes and the upper-class cadets who train them. Duty First also shows the role played by the majors, captains, and sergeants, who oversee everything that happens at this unique institution.
About the Author
ED RUGGERO was an infantry officer in the United States Army for eleven years.In addition to being the author of five novels about the military and co-author of the manual Army Leadership,Ruggero is an experienced keynote speaker on leadership and development.He and his family live near Swarthmore,Pennsylvania.