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Understanding West Point: What Cadets Must Do at West Point, and Why

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UNDERSTANDING WEST POINT is author Norman Thomas Remick's successor to his pioneering book, Mr. Jefferson's Academy: The Real Story Behind West Point, which is the one and only work that identifies... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Virtue is it's own joyous reward

Any reasonable, truth seeking person will find this work outstanding, especially for the young and for those who influence young people. It offers a touchstone for success for all walks of life. Mr. Remick has put into understandable words the importance of virtue for a successful US military and a moral United States. I agree with Mr. Remick that virtue can be tought. I also agree that humans striving to learn virtue require an arduous and prolonged experience similar to the West Point experience. Civil society requires a "remnent" of virtuous, well educated leaders with moral character. The West Point model is a remarkable and unreplaceable resource for the continuation of our free republic.Some friendly editing would make this book even better.

Postmodern Pop Narrative Of West Point History

A breath of fresh air from all the typically dry, uninspiring, uncomprehensible, pretentious, high-brow, gadfly, skullduggery on the subject, which make good kindling for a fire.Norman Thomas Remick is an interesting, independent scholar with a sense character and, more importantly, a sense of humor.Do yourself a favor, and buy this book, because it's so original...scholarly text with cartoons and photos! This one won't collect too much dust. One of my favorites: P.289 The cartoon of Thomas Jefferson throwing up his hands saying, "STEADY ON THERE! I DIDN'T SAY A MILITARY ACADEMY WASN'T A GOOD IDEA. I ONLY SAID IT'S NOT CONSTITUTIONAL!"


This is simply the best book ever written about West Point, the college that Mr. Remick said Andrew Jackson called "simply the best school in the world". But this book is not for everyone ---- only every college applicant looking for a full scholarship, and, every parent, cadet, graduate, Jefferson fan, and history buff.

From A Retired West Point Professor

Dear Mr. Remick: I read your book. At first skeptical of your choice of a dramatic dialogue as narrative vehicle, I soon saw the great value of your device --- ACCESSIBILITY! Accessibility to young readers and to non-academic minds of all ages. As a [course] designer, teacher, and supervisor of the First Class courses in philosophical readings in the seventies at West Point, I had the advantage of familiarty with many, if not most, of the philosophical ideas you present. Still, I found your necessarily simplified take on the history of ideas in general, and those pertinent to West Point in particular, to be understandable and compelling. Congratulations on accomplishing something I had long thought about doing. Thank goodness you have done it so I don't have to try it, but can merely give copies to those I want to UNDERSTAND ..... well, really to understand who we are! Of course, there will be those who will carp at your simplifications, and some will take exception to your interpretations [cartoons], ..... but you have done a BRILLIANT job.
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