In the article, the author describes an email from General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis to an unidentified individual about the importance of reading for a commander (or any individual, really): "… The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience (or by your men’s experience), i.e. the hard way. By reading, you learn through others’ experiences, generally a better way to do business, especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men."

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