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General Jim Mattis on "Call Sign Chaos"


General Jim Mattis, U.S. Marines (ret) and 26th Secretary of Defense

Date & time

Apr 21, 2021, 7:00 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

Free and open to the public. Register to attend

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library and Museum, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy invite you to a virtual book talk with General Jim Mattis, U.S. Marines (ret) & 26th U.S. Secretary of Defense, to discuss his recent memoir, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead

This event is made possible thanks to support from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. 

About the book

Call Sign Chaos is the account of General Jim Mattis’s storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of war-fighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas—and short-sighted thinking—now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars.

Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of war-fighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all.

From the speaker's bio

Jim Mattis is a Pacific Northwest native who served more than four decades as a Marine infantry officer. Following two years as the Secretary of Defense, he returned to the Northwest and is now the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.