In the summer of 2008, General Rick Hillier resigned his command as Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces. You could almost hear the sigh of relief in Ottawa as Canada’s most popular, and most controversial, leader since the Second World War left a role in which he’d been as frank-speaking, as unpredictable, and as resolutely apolitical as any military leader this country has ever seen.
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Hillier joined the military as a young man and quickly climbed the ranks. He played a significant role in domestic challenges, such as the 1998 ice story that paralyzed much of eastern Ontario and Quebec, and he quickly became a player on the international scene, commanding an American corps in Texas and a multinational NATO task force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. But it was his role as General Rick Hillier, Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff, that defined him as a Canadian public figure. In Afghanistan, Canada faced its first combat losses since the Korean War and every casualty suddenly became front-page news. A country formerly ambivalent or even angry about its role in the conflict suddenly became gripped by the drama playing out not only in the war zone of a country half-way around the world, but in the unfriendly conference rooms in the country’s capital as Hillier pulled no punches, demanding more funding and more troops and more appreciation for the women and men fighting a war on foreign soil.
A Soldier First is a hard-hitting, frank account of Hillier’s role in his own words. The man who never backed down from the Taliban or Canada’s top political leaders tells all in what will be one of the most important books to come out of this country this decade.
GENERAL RICK HILLIER enlisted in the Canadian Forces in1973 and in May 2003 was appointed Commander of the Army.In February 2005, he was promoted to Chief of the DefenceStaff; he stepped down in the summer of 2008. The author ofthe #1 bestseller A Soldier First, Hillier resides in Ottawa.
Amazing book and, enjoyed to read it and would highly recommended itPublished 2 months ago by Martin Knoepfel
Rick wrote from the heart as well as the head. He told it like it happened and did not hide his feeling. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gerry
I was on the Armoured School Phase III course with Rick. It is interesting to read his thoughts on the military and how training should be conducted, as opposed to the smart asses... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Larry Sales
I have been a leader of employees in business for more than 20 years.
Been very successful, but this reading has made me a more complete leader of people
General, Sir you are a hero in our time. Our CF was so very fortunate to have you dedicate so much of your life and passion to it.Published on Oct. 17 2010 by C.L.
I purchased this book as a gift so I can't comment on the book itself. I can, however let consumers know that the book was damaged during shipping. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2010 by Michellebennett
It was a good read and he tells like it is. I found the book easy to read and enjoyed getting his take on things.Published on Dec 31 2009 by Andrew Chadwick