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Character Carved In Stone



Overlooking the Hudson River on the campus of the United States Military Academy at West Point are 12 granite benches, each inscribed with a word representing a key leadership virtue: compassion, courage, dedication, determination, dignity, discipline, integrity, loyalty, perseverance, responsibility, service, and trust. These benches remind cadets of the qualities that lead to victory and success, not just on the battlefield, but in all of life.

Read the incredible stories of West Point graduates who exemplified these traits, from the Civil War to the War on Terror. Learn how to develop these 12 essential virtues in their lives, whether they are in the corporate world, the academic world, the military, the church, or place of influence.

What People Are Saying


Mike Krzyzewski

Head men’s basketball coach, Duke University

“I love the fact that Pat Williams has taken the twelve core virtues of West Point and created this new and exciting book. I was taught those virtues and have used them in everything that I have done since my graduation.”


Brig. Gen. Pete Dawkins

US Army (Ret); distinguished graduate,
US Military Academy at West Point, 2002

Character Carved in Stone vividly captures many of the life lessons I learned as a student and athlete at West Point. You’ll find it well worthwhile to live in these stories and learn these principles! In his latest book, Pat Williams shows you, step by step, just how you can acquire the leadership skills and character traits that are the foundation of the United States Military Academy. This book is a difference maker!”


Gen. Richard B. Myers

US Air Force (Ret); 15th chairman,
Joint Chiefs of Staff; President, Kansas St. Univ.

“The world needs leaders with strong character more than ever.
Pat Williams’s book on the twelve leadership values at West Point is right on target. These values have stood the test of time and produced some of this country’s most outstanding leaders. This book is a must-read if we want people who can solve the big challenges we all face.”

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