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book cover Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers

By Elizabeth D. Samet

A new Norton Anthology illuminates how literature can build character and foster critical-thinking skills for future leaders in business, law, politics, medicine, and beyond.

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Introduction & Four Excerpts From the Anthology

"In the so-called Third Golden Age of Television, there has perhaps been no show more gilded by critical acclaim than The Wire, which ran on HBO for five seasons (2002–8). The Wire is a Baltimore story—an urban story— premised on the alarming interconnectedness of all things. Commentators have compared the series to works of Dickens and Dostoyevsky, but its creator David Simon imagined The Wire as a tragedy on ancient models that lifted "wholesale from Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides to create doomed and fated protagonists who confront a rigged game and their own mortality." "But instead of the old gods," Simon explained in a 2007 interview with Nick Hornby in The Believer, "The Wire is a Greek tragedy in which postmodern institutions are the Olympian forces.""

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Elizabeth D. Samet is the author of several books, including Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point, which won the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest. She is also the editor of Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers. Samet's essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. A 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, Samet is a professor of English at the U.S. Military Academy. The opinions she expresses here are her own and do not necessarily represent those of West Point, the U.S. Army, or the Department of Defense.

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