A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis-the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time-and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.
Jim Mattis is a Pacific Northwest native who served more than four decades as a Marine infantry officer. Following two years as the Secretary of Defense, he returned to the Northwest and is now the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Bing West has written ten books about combat. He served as a Marine grunt in Vietnam and later as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. He has been on hundreds of patrols in Iraq and Afghanistan, including many operations with General Mattis. He is a member of the Military History Working Group at the Hoover Institution. He lives with his wife, Betsy, in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Newport, Rhode Island.
Advance praise for Call Sign Chaos
"Combining simplicity and thoughtfulness, Jim Mattis has
produced a classic account of a lifetime of service. Call Sign
Chaos is a lesson in leadership and an evocation of humanity in the
cause of peace."--Henry Kissinger
"In this magnificent memoir, Jim Mattis details many important events in his career, but he also does much more: He explains how he is informed by his experiences in a way that teaches you how to learn from your own. Read, enjoy, and learn."--George Shultz "A portrait of Mattis's life-defining love for the Marine Corps . . .His prose sings."--David Brooks, The New York Times "A riveting read . . . General Mattis has had a lot of fine hours, but this could be his finest."--The New York Sun