The High Ground

Leading in Peace and War

R D Hooker Jr

Combat leader illustrates effective leadership attributes in both peacetime and combat settings.
Date Published :
April 2023
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Illustration :
B&W illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781636242934
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 6 X 9 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


The High Ground draws on the author’s personal experiences as a combat leader to illustrate examples of successful and inspiring leadership in military organizations at all levels. Many of the essays contained in this volume focus on specific military personalities that portray effective leader behaviors in both peacetime and combat settings from the tactical to the strategic. Others describe key leadership characteristics and attributes of successful leaders, from small-unit level to the Pentagon.

Throughout the author provides specific and compelling leadership advice and suggestions to new soldiers, new lieutenants, staff officers and commanders. The author served over thirty years in the post-Vietnam Army, rising from private to colonel and serving in the invasion of Grenada and in Somalia, the US response to the Rwandan genocide, in Bosnia and Kosovo, in peacekeeping operations in the Sinai, and in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. He commanded a paratrooper company, battalion and brigade and served in the continental US, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Southwest Asia.

The High Ground describes his observations and interactions with military leaders at all levels, in battle and in garrison, to describe and portray military leader development and leader excellence in all its many and varied dimensions. Gripping and fast-paced, these leadership vignettes will carry the reader from peacetime into battle with the American Soldier.

About The Author

Colonel R. D. Hooker Jr. retired in 2010 after 32 years of enlisted and commissioned officer service. A veteran of five combat tours, he served exclusively in parachute units, commanding at company, battalion and brigade level and serving as a staff officer in the offices of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Secretary of the Army, and Chief of Staff of the Army, as well as the National Security Council in the White House. He also taught at West Point and the National War College.



Skin in the Game
Bear It Up, Triumphant
I Live and Am a Soldier
Attention to Orders!
An American Hero
Dignity and Respect
Above All Else
The Chickamauga Rule
Blue Falcons
The Death of Captain Kurth
Stop the Dying!
Queen of Battle
My Friend Herb
Pass It On!
On Combat Leadership
On the Staff
Army Strong! Semper Fi!
Play the Game
On Battalion Command
Requiem for a Sergeant
Ride to the Sound of the Guns
Saving Lieutenant Neumann
The Man, the Myth, the Legend
The Man Who Bugled
The High Ground
These Colors Never Run
Welcome to the Army Lieutenant!
Wellspring of Courage
We're in Business!
Why Not Me?
Be Brave
Sworn Officers of the Republic
A Force of Nature
A Simple Code

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