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From where I'm standing right now in midtown Manhattan if you travel about fifty miles up the Hudson River.
And about 200 years back in time you arrive at the gates of West Point our nation's oldest and finest military academy.
Most of you know I'm a big fan of the place my oldest son having graduated there a couple of years ago and serving now and Afghanistan.
A West Point is known for producing some of the nation's most brilliant military legends the opposing generals in the civil war for instance grant and leave both graduated there.
So -- World War II general's Eisenhower MacArthur and patent.
General Norman Schwarzkopf of desert storm.
And the Kermit current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey all stood information at one time or another on west -- historic plane.
Not surprisingly one of Ike's first stops when he returned home from Europe triumphant West Point.
Wes Floyd and upgrade -- a summer class embattled US.
The military academy pays homage to the victorious general who here -- on the whole.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- With the general will be superintendent of West Point.
I'm remarkable wartime -- paid homage to a grand American general life.
Well perhaps less well known are the contributions that West Point graduates have made outside the field of battle.
A new book West Point leadership profiles of courage tells the stories of more than a hundred graduates and how they're experiences at West Point help the lead this nation in ways you might not imagine.
-- that rice is a West Point graduate class of 881 of those who helped put this book together.
This is something you damn this this kind of thing of all the -- written about west when they're a bunch of them.
Nothing like this.
That's correct John -- we started this in 2010 -- after the their leader development group was formed to train corporate leaders and what we wanted to be able to do.
Was to show that West Point leaders have not only -- in.
The military not only been president's -- -- -- congressman senators but they've been CO some some of our finest companies including -- are currently the New York Stock Exchange.
A series of companies are now Johnson & Johnson -- the president Medtronic is a West Point graduate.
And all of these are quietly leading American corporations -- ethics integrity.
And and properly.
And the founder of AOL for instance also somebody who graduated from what what what is it about that institution that that leaves so many people to them.
To them you know -- corner offices in big corporations.
-- really boils down -- leadership and it starts as a plead look understanding leadership how to lead as a freshman in West Point accelerated.
And they learn how to follow and eventually learn how to lead so although it's a military academy it's really the premier leadership institute in the world and that's why.
It's really taken off in training corporate leaders have put their leader development group.
And that their leader -- were development group now claims General Electric Procter & Gamble and many of America's cops -- suites come for leadership training at West Point.
Sylvain as -- -- was a former.
And superintendent at the academy.
He was that they are hotel pretty much on the grounds of the academy and that's where -- leadership group gets to -- yes exactly there's the historic their hotel -- -- 150 -- hotel right on the Hudson River to its full service hotel between new York and and Albany.
It's a premier location hundred feet above the river.
People love to come here here at West Point and we've just undergone 14 million dollar renovation places outstanding.
What are -- some of the surprises in this book that that people might.
You know well not and not have known before -- Well when you look at the New York Stock Exchange think about capitalism but the leader of the new York stock exchanges says -- Carter and and he'd each of these stories written by 25 different authors others draw history professors at West Point -- -- his professors.
So there really well written that a lot of photography of a world class photographer.
But like march -- for instance.
The people think of the New York Stock Exchange for all of its glory and capitalism.
But he was -- he actually started off as lieutenant Marine Corps and he would receive the nation's second highest award for valor the navy cross.
Johnson & Johnson you know when when when.
When outsourced he started he was actually starting as a field artillery officer now he runs the largest medical company were.
There was about time one I think there were more fortune 500 CEOs that came out of West Point.
Than any other school including you know Harvard business and so for.
Absolutely and and that's where you know there's been the greatest generation were all trained using military training and then they came back and they really built America -- -- what it is after World War II.
More and more people were trained back then nowadays you have the experience for all -- all military training and that's why we think that people should understand military leadership.
Know what it's about.
And then basically come to the -- leadership development group for training -- with the corporation's.
No this is a huge book this thing weighs about ten pounds I think that's absolutely and it's a beautiful book I think I love West Point obviously thank you love the institution I think you've really done a great job of of capturing the beauty of it thank you we're honored to be part of the project music project that included 25 different authors but about 200 people overall so it's really just -- -- -- passion.
I should also say most of these cadets don't appreciate how beautiful the place is until after they get out of there but they evacuated one I don't know I didn't go back for fifteen years.
But will be back this weekend we're gonna book signing up that -- to their hotel on the rooftop -- Friday and tonight and -- and where do people get it if they want what they can get it online at a website leadership profiles of courage dot com -- at their hotel tested are those the only two places so.
Dan -- thank you thank you so much.
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