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Soldiers Made Me Look Good: A Life in the Shadow of War Hardcover – Aug 25 2008

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre; Canadian First edition (Aug. 25 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553653505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553653509
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.The first half of Soldiers Made Me Look Good lives up to its name in a kind of Saturday night at the Legion fashion. MacKenzie's anecdotes of his growing up and military career puts him in the 'Peck's bad boy' category. But then qualities of deviousness and cunning served him well; whether it was a sly reading between the lines of his instructions in a military exercise -- later interpreted as initiative when it worked out in his favour -- or gambling on an assault through swampland when a more conventional approach was expected.. (Winnipeg Free Press 2008-09-28)

.MacKenzie is a natural enjoyable read.. (Chronicle Herald 2008-09-29)

.Soldiers Made Me Look Good is a book about leadership. For years [MacKenzie's] delivered talks on it and a key section of his book shows he has a very different idea about it than a certain colleague -- one Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire...The two men differ on a key point: that the priorities of mission, soldiers and self must shift once and a while.. (North Shore News 2008-11-07)

.To see the peacekeeper myth ably demolished, however, one must pick up Lewis MacKenzie's own memoir, Soldiers Made Me Look Good. Loaded with anecdotes, and delivered in MacKenzie's suffer-fools-badly style, it's easily the speed-read of the bunch.. (Calgary Herald 2009-01-18)

About the Author

Major-General Lewis MacKenzie (Ret’d) was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, and has served in trouble spots around the world. In 1992, he commanded the UN Protection Force that opened Sarajevo airport to allow the arrival of humanitarian aid. He published the best-selling Peacekeeper: The Road to Sarajevo after retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1993; “A Soldier’s Peace,” a television documentary based on the book, won a New York Film Festival Award in 1996. His many honours include the Order of Canada and the United Nations Medal of Honour. MacKenzie is now a public affairs commentator on television and in the Globe and Mail and a sought-after lecturer on leadership and conflict resolution.

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In this follow up biographical journal, Major-General (Ret'd) Lewis MacKenzie fills us in on more of the story of his life and career as a soldier. The writing style is much the same as his previous book, combining an engaging journalistic style with a dry sense of humour. As with his previous volume, parts of this book can also be read as a series of lessons on leadership and command.

MacKenzie uses this book to show many of the small moments and memorable scenes that led a fairly typical young Canadian to be become first a soldier and then an outstanding leader in the profession of arms. The author always seems more interested in telling the story than making himself the hero of the story and while one must perforce be the protagonist of one's own story, the General consistently gives credit to others for many of his successes while possibly claiming more than his due share of blame for his failures, nor does he spare himself from responsibility when he tells us how on occasion he blundered when dealing with journalists.

MacKenzie also uses this book to answer some of the negative treatment he has received by the press and the vile slander that has been directed at him by various factions.

Never one to shy away from controversy, MacKenzie lays out the case for his side of his now famous difference of opinion with Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Romeo Dallaire in regard to the hierarchy of mission and soldiers in importance to a commander. MacKenzie illustrates the disagreement with a timeline of events in Rwanda on April 6, 1994, which MacKenzie uses to show that that Dallaire waited nearly an entire day to ask after the fate of troops under his command while having been essentially told by the UN to abandon Rwandans to their fate.
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A true story about the Profession of Soldering and the human side of it. Lots of humor to get you through the difficult situations and good advise for those seeking leadership in the military as well as civilian life.
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HASH(0xa0d2d990) out of 5 stars MG Mackenzie-Told it how it was... Oct. 29 2011
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MG Lewis Mackenzie told anyone who would listen on how it was no matter the situation. He was candid with the know-it-all politicians. He stepped on the toes of his Chain of Command not due to arrogance but because he had a job to do and that was to protect the soldiers under his command.

He was quick to give all the credit to the foot soldiers because they did most of the work-Patrolling towns/communities, protecting the innocent, fighting the bad guy. He wasn't afraid if his chain of command had their feelings hurt he told it how it was.

He is a true credit to military men that served Canada and the World well. I look forward to re-reading his bio once I get back from my deployment to Afghanistan.

Thanks for everything,

US Army