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Thomas E. Ricks

Thomas E. Ricks
Thomas E. Ricks is the author of First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country. He is the military history columnist for the New York Times Book Review and a visiting fellow in history at Bowdoin College. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for 17 years. He received two Pulitzer Prizes as part of reporting teams at those newspapers, and was a finalist for his book Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.
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What Today’s Generals Could Learn from George Washington's Evolution

In his military thinking early on, Gen. Washington failed to see the big strategic picture. But the 44-year old "could observe, reflect, and adjust more than most senior commanders."