No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy: The Life of General James Mattis by Jim ProserThe first in-depth look at the marine hero who has become one of the most beloved and admired men in America today: Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
A devout student of history and erudite reader revered by rank and file soldiers, officers, academics, politicians, and ordinary citizens, General James Mattis is one of the most admired leaders serving America today. A man who has long used his position as a model for the soldiers he leads, Mattis in 2003 shared a Message to All Hands with the men and women under his command, outlining their responsibilities as soldiers of the corps. Emphasizing the importance of the mission and the goal to act with honor, Mattis ended with the motto he had adopted from another great figure, Roman general Lucius Cornelius Sulla: Demonstrate to the world that there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a US Marine.
The first Trump presidential cabinet nominee, Mattis, retired from activity military duty for only three years at the time, received a rare Congressional waiver to hold the civilian position of Secretary of Defense, and in the hyper-partisan political atmosphere of 2017, astonishingly received nearly unanimous, bipartisan support for his nomination. After months of headline-making chaos involving the White House, Mattis remains one of the few widely revered members of the Trump administration.
In this illuminating biography, Jim Proser looks beyond Mattis’ professional competence to focus on the driving element behind Mattis’ success: his unimpeachable character—a formidable personal integrity that fosters universal confidence. Proser carefully examines the events of Mattis’ life and career to reveal a man who leads with insight, humor, fighting courage, and fierce compassion—not only for his fellow Marines, but for the innocent victims of war. Chronicling how Mattis’ martial and personal values have elevated him to the highest levels of personal success and earned him the trust of a nation, Proser makes clear how America is stronger because of his service and his example.
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By Anna Sanders. September 15, pm Updated September 17, pm. Trump is frustrated that the defense secretary is described as the adult in the room, White House aides and other officials told the Times, and wants someone running the department who is more of a vocal supporter, like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. On top of that, Trump and Mattis are at odds on policy. Mattis also reportedly rebuked a demand to stop family from going with troops deployed to South Korea, and a White House attempt to more closely supervised military operations, the Times reported.
To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app. But Mullen did think Mattis appeared unusually afflicted that day. Mattis often seemed burdened in his role. His aides and friends say he found the president to be of limited cognitive ability, and of generally dubious character. Now Mattis was becoming more and more isolated in the administration, especially since the defenestration of his closest Cabinet ally, the former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, several months earlier.
In his stunning resignation letter Thursday , the revered retired general rebuked Trump for devaluing America's alliances and not being more clear about American adversaries like Russia. Mattis, 68, is a seasoned national security leader who spent more than four decades in uniform. He was seen as a institutional leader who moderated many of Trump's impulses, from using armed troops to stop migrants at the US-Mexico border to pulling thousands of troops long-stationed in countries like Germany and South Korea. Read more : US allies and adversaries are in shock and bracing for an unchecked Trump as Mattis resigns. Mattis is a legendary figure in the US military. Viewed as a warrior among Marines and respected by members of other services, he has been at the forefront of numerous engagements. If you look back on his storied year career leading Marines in battle, and the many colorful quotes he has given over the years, it's pretty easy to see why.