Thursday, July 1, 2010


When I first saw the title of this book I thought it was something relative to Barack Hussein Obama, but I was totally wrong. First of all, Obama has never made a decision or executed any action that would rise to the high standards required for inclusion in this extremely interesting and informative historical offering.

PROFILES IN AUDACITY by Alan Axelrod beautifully addresses "Great decisions and how they were made." This read will certainly appeal to all those interested in history and the relationship of decision making has to life on this planet.

The book is separated into four parts: The Decision in Crisis, The Decision to Venture, The Decision of Conscience, and The Decision to Risk Everything. To wet your whistle, just imagine learning about behind the scenes fundamentals of decisions rendered by the likes of George Washington, Harry Truman, Galileo, and Mahatma Gandhi.

Personally I found numerous chapters to be most illuminating, but the one that really impressed me was the depth of understanding of the human experience shown by Gandhi in forging independence from the British Empire’s domination. One is led to wonder just how influential Gandhi could have been regarding conditions and events had he been permitted to impact the world for a more normal period of time. Your Commander has great respect and admiration for the work and teachings of Gandhi.

Happy reading!


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