From Inside The Book
Praise for Paul Lloyd Hemphill’s
Why You’re Already A Leader
(Other title - Gettysburg Lessons - same book, same content)
“Hemphill's writing style is lucid and succinct, and the rapid fire, short-bursts of information, examples, and applications can be read in small doses to allow the reader to dwell on each story and find practical self-applications. The book can be read in daily journal format, with one or two stories at a time to challenge the reader to excel and emulate the example.”
Scott Mingus, Sr
Civil War Author
“A refreshingly positive human approach to a topic often inundated with scientific inquiry. Thanks for putting ‘people’ back into Leadership!”
Capt Edward J. Rogers,
Command Leadership School, Naval War College, Newport, RI
“I find the style very simple, easy to read and enjoyable. I find the ‘lessons’ to be right on target.”
Exec VP, Bayer Corporation
“This is a really interesting and useful book. The author takes one of the most fascinating chapters in U.S. history, the battle of Gettysburg, and draws important insights for today’s business managers and employees. While military and civilian technologies have changed dramatically, human nature hasn’t.
Economist & frequent guest on PBS’s The News Hour
“...useful lessons about addressing a variety of problems and challenges in life...excellent examples and explained well...will assist the general layperson’s appreciation of the battle.”
Civil War historian, University of Virginia
“Paul Lloyd Hemphill has done a great job in showing that there is a spark of greatness in each of us. Why You’re Already A Leader shows a lot of sparks and the enormous influence that each of those sparks, in action, can have.”
Brace E. Barber
Author of No Excuse Leadership
“...the reader gets a fabulous history lesson while being inspired. In addition to the mainstream appeal of this book, I think every history class should use this book as a tool to teach about this important battle.”
Author of “Unstoppable” and motivational speaker
“Overall I found it interesting and very readable. I liked the use of short vignettes that could easily be read by a busy manager as part of a continuing professional/personal development program.”
Major Benjamin Webb
Instructor at West Point
“...extremely interesting... Putting information into such a concise form is really an art form. I can write anything in 4,000 words. Doing it in 400 takes incredible skill.”
Author and Lincoln scholar
“This book is like a massage for the soul. It reverberates to the heart of human nature and invigorates the hero in us all.”
Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide
“An enjoyable presentation... The author clearly has a strong grasp of the subject matter and applies it in a simple and readable format.”
CFO, Fleet Boston Financial, Europe
“...an enjoyable book to read.... allows one to read a few pages at a time and glean useful life lessons. Anybody with an interest in leadership would do well to read this book.”
New Jersey Municipal Court Judge and Author
“As one who uses the Battle of Gettysburg to explore leadership, I found these stories to be both enjoyable and thought-provoking. A great read for leaders at all levels – at work, at home, or in your community.”
Steven B. Wiley
President & Founder, The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg
5 out of 5 stars Gettysburg Lessons (same book, different title), October 24, 2013 By PaulT
I was looking for a way to make history more relevant to my students, many of whom struggle with today's issues. It is a competitive environment, complicated by a lack sufficient parental supervision for some because both parents work. Paul Hemphill's book is an excellent compilation and characterization of exceptional individuals from US history. In one fell swoop Paul brings history alive, demonstrating character & morality. Most importantly Paul showcases leadership, a truly valuable asset for success. I was particularly impressed by the story of Winfield Hancock whose decisiveness was without question. Subordinates knew where this man stood on the issues and as a result he was successful on the battlefield. At the same time Paul does not sugar-coat weaknesses making his characters human, something with which we can all identify. This book should be standard reading for history classes from grammar to high school and even in college.
5 out of 5 stars Insight into our past, providing leadership for our future October 18, 2013 By Bellissimo
I found this book to be not only informative and filled with detail of so many battles and heroic encounters by both sides of the war, that I was kept on the edge of my seat learning of the decisions being made by so many young and inexperienced soldiers. It embraces the true ideals of how when put into circumstances unexpectedly we make decisions based on our survival, our hidden leadership capabilities, and above all, the notion that we can go forward and be successful. Well written and a fascinating approach of history.
5 out of 5 stars Both Entertaining and Useful October 21, 2013 By Tony Green
This isn't a history book in the classic sense. In fact, it's not a history book at all, but a book that uses history to make its case with lots of lessons.
One of the characters in this book, John Buford, is someone I can relate to. I'm a small business owner in LA where every business fights for every advantage they can find. Amazingly, that's what this guy Buford did. He is a real business role model. He was handicapped by being without a lot of things he needed, but he got the job done anyway. In today's world that makes Buford a real entrepreneur. Very cool book. Easy style, and both entertaining and useful all at once.
5 out of 5 stars Great, helpful book! October 20, 2013 By Lynn Bryan
My high school aged son is a Civil War nut so I got this book for him. It seemed to be more than just an ordinary history book and I was right about that once I read through it. The whole book reads almost like a novel. Very cool. I can't wait to read it again once my son finishes it!
5 out of 5 stars A New Type of History Teachings October 20, 2013 By Elliott
After only reading the first few pages, I was struck by the intellectual understanding and complexity of this book. Within his book Paul Lloyd Hemphill writes a vivid account of the Battle of Gettysburg, which tells in detail a story of the events that occur. Unlike a history book this story is not just facts and dates; it walks the reader through the actions that take place in the form of a very well-written novel. The pictures Hemphill painted in my mind while I read this story were so vivid; I just could not put the book down. He then takes each character from the story and creates a lesson that can be learned from the mistakes, achievements, or courage of these characters. These teachings were clearly applicable to my life, such as the lesson of Henry Heth who charged into a battle eager to just engage in a fight regardless of any orders given from his superiors. After being completely slaughtered, the message derived from this story was to not rush into anything without first creating a plan to guide you on your cause. It's clear Hemphill wants to teach his audience to think like a true historian, by learning from the accomplishments and mistakes in the past; however, Hemphill differs greatly from historians. Instead of analyzing battle tactics and reasonings for each fight, He hopes to use each event as a guide to help the everyday person create a better future for himself and for others.
5 out of 5 stars Gettysburg Lessons in the Digital Age November 4, 2013 By John
This reads like a recipe book for delicious as well as tasteless entrees: here are the ingredients for success or disaster, this is how one guy did it or blew it, and you can go in either direction based on the decisions you make. Even though you can open this book to any page, as the author says, I suggest you read the Introduction first. It sets a positive tone on a horrific event. History is full of blood and gore, but that's not what this author writes. Each of his 88 (?) stories is about one person. He tells the story and then follows it with the heading "Gettysburg Lessons." Beneath that heading he lists his own interpretations of what we can learn from the story. It's sort of like sitting in front of the tube, not having to think about what you've seen, and it's all explained for you. I like that. I was mildly blown away by a story I did not expect, so I'm going to recommend that you get your eyes on the story of Tillie Pierce. She was no commanding general of thousands of men, but a 15-year-old girl who commanded my hard heart to realize that you don't have to be a commander to be a leader. The book is filled with such pleasant surprises. Pretty good stuff if you ask me.
5 out of 5 stars An Informative and Thoughtful Approach To History, October 27, 2013 By Barry Zimmerman Insightful, well written, and certainly not boring, Gettysburg Lessons In the Digital Age is different than other history books. Paul Hemphill does a great job at taking various people and events and applying their experiences as lessons to the digital generation in a way that is both entertaining and informative. With detailed background stories on little known officers like Alfred Pleasonton for the Union Army, (who somehow managed to cheat his way to more power and prestige through writing false reports instead of fighting bravely,) Paul Hemphill adds even more depth and understanding to the infamous conflict as he gives readers a thought-provoking look at the contributions of various men and women during the fateful events. Being a history buff myself, I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did not know about the Battle of Gettysburg and its participants until I read this book. Gettysburg Lessons In the Digital Age is great for educational purposes, or even just a fun and insightful read that proves to be very valuable to history fans of any age.