Beyond the BookTaking Books Into Battle
- Many great leaders have found solace in literature. Alexander the Great
kept the Iliad under his pillow. James Wolfe, commander of British
troops in the French and Indian War, carried Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in
a Country Churchyard" with him to Quebec.
- The two men who authorized the founding of the United States Military
Academy, Adams and Jefferson, were keen on instilling a sense of civic
responsibility as well a technical precision in its graduates. Jefferson saw
an avenue to liberty and virtue through the study of science while Adams
tended to look to history.
- The American Civil War was the first in which literacy was widespread throughout the...