New Memoir Showcases One Man’s Success in the Army Despite the Odds

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Retired Brigadier General Billy Cooper tells his experiences as a tribute to the US Army

“Many people have asked me over the years how I became a general. My response is usually ‘reluctantly.’ Never genuinely believed it might be possible.” When now retired Brigadier General Billy R. Cooper first told his stepfather about his intention to enter the army, he was told that “The army is no place for a black man.” Despite this, Cooper was determined to reach his dream. His memoir, The Reluctant General relives his past and allows readers to take part in an unforgettable journey to becoming the man he has become.

In the first few chapters of this autobiography, Cooper recalls events from his childhood, growing up in the farm with his maternal grandparents. The next chapters follow his high school life, and finally, his entrance into the military. Readers can follow Cooper’s audacious encounters from being a training officer, to 1st Battalion, 22d Artillery, to field artillery staff officer, to senior operations officer, to Deputy Commanding General US Army Recruiting Command, taking him across the United States, to Germany and Vietnam.

Alternating stories about his exciting encounters on the field, his own insights and his experiences that will benefit readers, The Reluctant General proves that what many others may think is a will-of-the-wisp can turn out into something real. Cooper dedicates this book to his patient family, the army, and to America, and shows them how ordinary events can make extraordinary results.

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About the Author
Brigadier General Billy R. Cooper was born in 1948 in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School. He received an associate's degree from the University of the State of New York, a bachelor's degree in education from Cameron University in 1977, and a master’s in education from Georgia State University. Commissioned through Officer Candidate School in December 1968, he is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College and the National War College. With expertise in all fields of military strategies, Cooper started from the bottom but patiently made his way to the top, retiring after being Deputy Commanding General US Army Recruiting Command. He then served as Director of two different job corps centers (Cleveland, OH and Morganfield, KY) for nine years.

The Reluctant General * by Billy R. Cooper
Publication Date: October 24, 2011
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