Call Sign Chaos: A Talk with General Jim Mattis

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Hauck Auditorium, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution hosts a discussion with General Jim Mattis on his new book Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM PST.


General Jim Mattis, US Marine Corps (Ret.), is the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, after having served with distinction as the nation’s 26th Secretary of Defense in the administration.


A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis--the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time--and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.

Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis's storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas--and short-sighted thinking--now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars.

Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy--one relevant to us all.

Seating is​ limited and on a ​first-​come, ​first​-served ​basis until filled. Entrance to the event will not be confirmed until you receive email confirmation. Please note that overflow seating will be available in the Pavilion once Hauck Auditorium is at capacity.

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