Cover of David Lipsky's book, Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point.
In a series of commentaries for All Things Considered, writer David Lipsky explores the four West Point values of honor, character, duty and country. Lipsky, who followed West Point military academy's class of 2002, is author of Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point.
July 26, 2004: Character
Every duty performed at West Point is supposed to develop character: the willingness to do things you would never want to do. In the second part of the series, Lipsky examines how an unlikely cadet named Rash grew to embody the virtue of character.
July 13, 2004: Honor
Growing up, says Lipsky, his father made it clear he thought the Army was the least honorable place in the world. Yet Lipsky says he had never seen anyone live up to the full meaning of honor until he met Col. Hank Keirsey at West Point.