Steven L. Ossad

Award-winning Historian and Biographer, one-time Wall Street Technology Analyst, and Speaker about Leadership Lessons

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The only American armored division commander to die in battle, Maurice Rose was the son and grandson of rabbis who rose from private to general to lead the premier American armored force to victory over the Nazi empire.
Winner, 2003 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award
Martin Blumenson spent his life writing the history of an institution he respected greatly and knew intimately, the United States Army. He inspired generations of his students and successors to the highest standard of excellence.
Soldier, historian, biographer, memoirist, "novelist", and companion of Socrates, at the end of his life Xenophon wrote a small book proposing reform of the Athenian cavalry. A discussion of specific suggestions, the Hipparchicus reflects decades of the author's experience as an army commander. The wily survivor of battles, court intrigues, assassinations and staggering betrayals offers subtle insights on leadership - as well as observations valuable to modern theorists and practioners of the "mounted service" that will always resonate.
The Battle of Kadesh, the greatest chariot clash in all recorded history - and the arche-type for maneuver warfare - pitted the war-hardened Hittites against a young, untested Pharaoh. The struggle that followed shaped the destinies of the two dominant empires of the early Iron Age. Recorded by Rameses as a great Egyptian victory, it is a case study of how a brilliant and well-executed public relations campaign can trump performance - and reality.

Command Failures: Lessons Learned from Lloyd R. Fredendall. Army Magazine, March 2003


MG Lloyd R. Fredendall

Regarding Steven L. Ossad's excellent article "Command Failures: Lessons Learned from Lloyd R. Fredendall," (March) I would suggest that it be made required reading for all current cadets and midshipmen at our service academies for what not to do. In addition, I think the human traits of backbiting, jealousies, smallmindedness and general politics found in all walks of life-not just soldiering-played a part in his career and still do today in others.

Blaine Taylor
Towson, Md.