I did not read Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s books in chronological sequence. When I picked up “Little America” which was published in 1930, I did not anticipate learning anything more about the character and leadership traits of this man, this great explorer and pioneer, than I had read in “Discovery”—published in 1935 and “Alone”—published in 1938.
I was wrong.
As a society, we need to resurrect some of our 20th Century American heroes. Individuals like Admiral Byrd, who have an internal heroism and a supreme confidence in themselves that is tempered with honesty, heart, and humility.
Peter E. Greulich
Pete has been studying IBM and early American corporate history since his retirement in 2011. These are his thoughts and musings, and of those whose biographies he has read with links to articles and book reviews on this website.