Dr. Elizabeth Samet has taught literature at West Point for nearly two decades. As course director, she expertly chooses works that give an honest portrayal of warfare, instead of ones that clinge to romanticized narratives. Moreover, she encourages intellectual contemplation in a very regimented environment. Her influence has reached countless cadets, and her teaching perspective has broadened the Academy's own approach to teaching literature.

This article highlights Samet's professional career at West Point, and her reputation 'for drawing on centuries of literature to teach prospective second lieutenants about the psychological puzzles and ethical ambiguities of war.' These difficult topics are exactly what cadets need to reflect on before leading troops through the hardships of warfare.