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Other leaders, other heroes : West Point's legacy to America beyond the field of battle
Endler, James R.
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998.
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xx, 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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A West Point alumnus chronicles the first and second centuries of the US Military Academy, seconding Teddy Roosevelt's assessment that its men (and now women) have contributed more to this country than any other educational institution. Those benefitting from its leadership training have included ar

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JAMES R. ENDLER attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Columbia University, and was graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Commissioned in the Corps of Engineers, he served with the 5th Regimental Combat team in Korea, and then at posts within the United States. Upon his return to civilian life, he entered the real estate and construction industry. During his career, he served as the project executive responsible for the construction management of New York City's 110-story twin tower World Trade Center, Detroit's multi-building Renaissance Center, and Disney's EPCOT Center in Orlando. He now lives in the Hudson Highlands.

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Endler's dense little monograph fills a niche in American historiography by surveying the nonmilitary contributions of members of West Point graduating classes from 1802 to 1980. In the nineteenth century, the major off-battlefield contributions were in engineering, but, then, for two generations West Point had the only engineering school in the U.S. West Pointers explored and surveyed; built railroads, bridges, aids to navigation, harbor improvements, and water systems; and generally helped create the nation's infrastructure before the Civil War. As West Point lost its dominance in engineering, graduates who left the army also went into finance, medicine, the ministry, academia, business, and politics. Endler himself (class of 1953) was project CEO for New York's World Trade Center. What emerges from this collective portrait is that these were men who, to a superior degree, learned how to learn, which flatly contradicts the conception of minds narrowed and constricted by military education. Although rather expensive for its size, there is nothing else quite like this valuable book. --Roland Green

Table of Contents

Foreword by Lt. Gen. Howard D. Graves
The First Century
The Father of the Military Academy
The Pathfinders
The Engineers and America's Routes of Commerce
The Educators
The Engineers, America's Builders
The Statesmen and National Leaders
The Professions West Point at 100 Years
The Second Century
The Builders
The Professions in the Twentieth Century Pioneers in the Sky Ushers of a New Age
The Industrialists and Financiers
The Public Servants
The Fountain of Leaders