In the first few chapters of his autobiography, Cooper recalls events from his childhood, growing up on the farm with his maternal grandparents. The next chapters follow his high school life, and finally his entrance into the Army.
Readers can follow Cooper's audacious encounters from being a private at Fort Polk, LA, to Field Artillery Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Sill, OK and through a variety of assignments as he was promoted eventually to Brigadier General taking him across the United States to Vietnam, Germany and the Persian Gulf. Alternating stories about his exciting encounters in the field, his own insights and his experiences that will benefit readers, THE RELUCTANT GENERAL proves that what many others might think is a will-of-the-wisp can turn into something real.
Cooper dedicates this book to his patient family, the Army, and to America, and shows them how ordinary events can produce extraordinary results.