Understanding our Involument
Unique , General Stanley McChrystal has personalized the 3 wars that we are presently involed. We see how from a young boy his destiny was to be person in charge.His desired to have open and transparent communication was his biggest asset.
The inflection of his voice and timing adds to the excitment and drama of the story
NO, much of what is presented must be thought about ,reflected on, so you understand the General's involement.
With our present administration's foreign policy, this book explains the questions of why. I don't feel this soldier was listen to by our administration . The culture, prior events,and tribes of the area, General Stanley McChrystal's account is current and honest- A rare attribute today.
This book is intended more for a military audience. There are many acronyms and jargon that may be cumbersom to keep up with if you aren't familiar with a lot of the phrases typical in military circles.
Overall, the book was interesting, well written and well narrated. My personal opinion of Gen. McChrystal has no bearing on the quality of the book. That's up to the reader to decide.
Mr. Collins did an outstanding job of narrating this book. Very professional, emphasis where needed and not overly animated... Great performance!
"Soldiers be Damned"
I read this book on the recommendation of a well respected former Special Operations Operator / Commander. I had no opinion of Gen. McChrystal prior to reading the book. Since, I feel that the General was determined to nod in the affirmative, salute, and enthusiastically implement the orders and direction given from those appointed above him. At a time when many well respected and proven Generals were resigning due to disagreements with the administration (both Bush and Obama), General McChrystal was determined to do his duty as a Soldier and follow orders... Soldiers be Damned. (My opinion. Read the book and decide for yourself...)
In a day when the bulk of our knowledge and understanding of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are shaped--or misshaped-- by mass media, General McChrystal's book provides a vastly deeper understanding of the complexity of the events in those conflicts, and the evolution of the skills and strategies that allowed them to be managed effectively. It is also a lesson in commitment to the lifelong development of leadership skills, and contains invaluable insights for developing leaders in all fields.
A great account from a strong leader and professional. The story is not perfect but reflects his strong will to complete the mission given to him while developing and learning from those around him.
Like most Americans I didn't hear of Gen Stanley McChrystal until the Rolling Stones article controversy. This book offers deep insights into the man, his mission leading TF-714 and our national attempt to salvage the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. #Hero
Not if its like this one. The General remembers every nuance.
I feel like I just spent my time in Afghanistan.
This book really gives great insight on what a leader should emulate. He was fully recognizant of his shortcomings and tried to emulate the leadership skills he saw others use in their leadership roles.
No man is perfect but one must try each and every day to become a better person. This book made me feel that General McChrystal tried his hardest, and that's all you can ask for.
I am a retired RN who has a interest in many different ideas, places, people, aand times. I do like books with some kind of action in them.
General McChrytal's unabashed honesty.
His description of the training and heavy responsibilities of those in leadership in the armed forces and the intelligence and dedication it takes to lead.
When he and his wife went out for his retirement formation. It was a quiet and greatly significant event that shows that our great leaders do so much for us for so little appreciation from us. It demonstrates that only those who have been in similar situations can really appreciate what one does. It was real, heartfelt and full of honor.
No. This is a book to be savored and thought over. Do not rush it.
Give this book a chance. You just might learn something.
Thank you, General McChrystal and your wife.