[Vision2020] Kimmell, Lee, and those inconvenient quotation marks
mghuskey at msn.com
Sat Aug 21 00:46:11 PDT 2004
In Vera White's column, she notes that Commissioner Kimmell presented a leadership seminar on Robert E. Lee. Leaving aside all matters of taste, time, or common sense in such a presentation for the moment, I paused over this quotation:
" 'Understanding and Applying the Leadership Principles of General Robert E. Lee' describes Lee as a leader for all ages who 'remade a rag-tag bunch of men into one of the most impressive fighting forces history has ever known.' Further, 'as a business man, he took a debt-ridden Virginia plantation and streamlined its operations; and as a teacher who turned a backwater college into a prestigious university.' "
Interestingly, those exact words can be found here:
in a review of H.W. Crooker III's *Robert E. Lee on Leadership: Executive Lessons in Character, Courage, and Vision.*
"In this remarkable book, you'll learn the keys to Lee's greatness as a man and as a leader. You'll find a general whose standards for personal excellence were second to none, whose leadership was founded on the highest moral principles, and whose character was made of steel. You'll see how he remade a rag-tag bunch of men into one of the most impressive fighting forces history has ever known. You'll also discover other sides of Lee—the businessman who inherited the debt-ridden Arlington plantation and streamlined its operations, the teacher who took a backwater college and made it into a prestigious university, and the motivator who inspired those he led to achieve more than they ever dreamed possible."
Call me suspicious, but I wonder--did Kimmell cite Crooker's book? Or has that naughty little plagiarism bug bitten him too?
P.S. Ah, yes, Washington and Lee. In 1916 the football team honored Lee's legacy by refusing to play football against Rutgers, since a black man, Paul Robeson, was a member of the team. What a proud heritage. Get more from the Web. FREE MSN Explorer download : http://explorer.msn.com
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