Gailey Featured in New Book on Eagle Scouts

Jan. 26, 2007

ATLANTA–Georgia Tech head football coach Chan Gailey is featured in a new book, “Legacy of Honor: The Values and Influence of America’s Eagle Scouts,” by Alvin Townley.

The book explores the lives and character of America’s Eagle Scouts, individuals who have earned a reputation for service, virtue, and leadership that is recognized throughout the world.

Gailey is profiled in the book, which also features Gerald Ford, Bill Gates, Sr., Bill Bradley, Ross Perot, Michael Bloomberg, J. W. Marriott, Jr., Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Michael Dukakis, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, and Jim Lovell of Apollo 13.

The book also explores the virtues of a Tuskegee Airman, a Vietnam War POW, a September 11 NYPD hero, a crew of Hurricane Katrina relief workers, and a host of others from every walk of life.

Gailey, who became an Eagle Scout as a teenager in Americus, Ga., discusses the value of leadership, personal integrity, and honor on and off the football field. He also reflects on the many pressures of his job and how he remains constant through the ups and downs, all the while hoping to make a difference in the lives of his players.

The author, one of the nearly two million Americans who have become Eagle Scouts, sold his house and left his job to spend a year traveling throughout the country, personally meeting these men and weaving their stories into a unique narrative of character and virtue. He discovered stories of courage, service, and hope that belong not only to Eagle Scouts but to all Americans. Legacy of Honor will remind readers about those common values that unify our ever more diverse nation.

Additional information on the book, released by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, is available at


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