An Important Military Story, a Powerful Pull Quote

By Jack Limpert

The Washingtonian has posted the most important military story ever published in the magazine. Headlined “Where Have All the Warriors Gone?” it was written by Nick Kotz with much of the reporting done by his investigative reporting class at American University. Published in July 1984, it won the National Magazine Award for Public Service.

The story’s deck: “Great Military Leaders Have Always Had Guts, Toughness, Daring. But Now Our Armed Services Are Led by Men Who Act More Like Corporate Managers Than Soldiers. Could MacArthur Make General Today? Could We Win a War?”

What’s not included in the story’s web posting are the pull quotes that ran with it. As an editor, I always emphasized the power of good pull quotes to lure readers into a story. With this story there was a pull quote that for me was the most memorable we ever published.

“Soldiers cannot be

managed to their deaths.

They must be led there.”

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