Pete Fretwell & Taylor Kiland – Co-Authors of “Lessons from the Hanoi Hotel”

Pete Fretwell and Taylor Kiland

Pete Fretwell & Taylor Kiland – Co-Authors of “Lessons from the Hanoi Hotel”

Pete was doing a some work for his graduate class when he read Good to Great a business management book by James Collins. The book referenced Admiral James Stockdale and his imprisonment as a POW in the Hanoi Hilton. It wasn’t until 2005 that Pete saw a discussion panel on C-SPAN that included several POW’s and Taylor, a former naval officer and military history author of over 18 books. Pete contacted her and their project started. 

Hanoi HotelFor seven years the pair researched to create the book; Lessons From the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High Performance Teams. It took all that time to answer the question: “Why are so many of those that were imprisoned, abused, and tortured in the North Vietnamese prison camp so resilient and successful in subsequent years?” The answer would be Admiral James Stockdale and his example of leadership. 

Pete is looking to expand his research to include Stockdale’s farming background as a foundation of leadership. Taylor is working on several writing projects. You’ll want to keep tabs on both of them for future books.

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