Books That Inspire 2004

Rudolph Giuliani

As a child growing up, I fondly remember my mother telling the story of November 22, 1963. She was an eighth grade student at Graham Middle School in Paris, Texas, when the principal’s voice came across the public address speaker and interrupted class that day to inform everyone that the president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, had been assassinated in Dallas. She distinctly remembers that day, much like I remember Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

I will never forget the feeling that came upon me, as our weekly athletic external relations staff meeting was interrupted with the information that an airplane had hit the World Trade Center. As our staff meeting finished we quickly focused our attention to the horrific situation unfolding in our country.

Leadership, by Rudolph W. Giuliani is an exceptional book detailing the role, qualities and characteristics of an effective leader while offering a profound description of one of the worst days in the history of the United States. It is a book that I will continue to reference throughout my athletics career.
Kirby Hocutt
Associate Athletic Director