“The Lionheads”

Major General Josiah Bunting III (Ret.)

2nd Brigade – 9th Infantry Division


After receiving a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford, where he was President of the American Students Association, he entered the United States Army in 1966. During six years of service, he reached the rank of Major, with duty stations at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Vietnam (Ninth Infantry Division); and West Point, New York, where he was an assistant professor of history and social sciences at the United States Military Academy. His military citations include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Honor Medal – 2nd class, Presidential Unit Citation, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab.

An accomplished author, he has been published many times. His novel, “The Lionheads” was selected one of the Ten Best Novels of 1973 by Time Magazine. It has been re-published several times and has been translated into fifteen languages. In addition he published Small Units in the Control of Civil Disorder (1967) and The Advent of Frederick Giles (1974).

General Bunting’s third novel, An Education for Our Time (Regnery, 1998), outlines in a series of letters and will provisions a dying billionaire’s detailed vision of a new, ideal college, to be opened in 2000 in the Laramie Mountains of Wyoming. It was a main selection of the Conservative Book Club in 1998. His novel All Loves Excelling (Bridge Works, 2001), is set in an upstate New York boarding school. The book chronicles the last year in the life of a senior girl at the school – a victim of misshapen parental ambition and of a school for whom students have become dehumanized units of calculation, prestige, and measurement. It is a savage commentary on the culture of today’s elite boarding schools and the casualties of that culture. The paperback edition will be published this Fall (2002) by The Berkley Publishing Group. He has also edited new editions of Thomas Babington Macaulay’s Lays of Ancient Rome (Gateway, 1997) and John Henry Cardinal Newman’s The Idea of a University (Gateway, 1999).

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