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.
General McChystal's has a story with noting, an individual that studied what he loved, and wasn't the the best while rising into his leadership role. I will be frank I didn't finish the audiobook with about 4-5hrs left. The first half of explains General McChystal's attitude that led to achievements; I respect that. Play the hand you dealt, and complete the task to best of your ability and knowledge. Never let your peer fall, because their success is important to your own; we all interdependent if we are to achieve the large goal.
Can't say I would recommend the audiobook to others, but if you are interested on how this great man ultimately got to his final position then buy it; the last 6hrs is spent in Iraq and Afghanistan starts to drag.
For all of us that have lived through this time, it's an amazing walk down memory lane. I've always thought General Stanley McCrystal was a legend, and that was cemented by the rolling stone article. This book in its autobiographical format from the good General himself is amazing. Personally having participated as a computer geek on many of these infamous operations, understanding the ground truth and having been disgusted by the media's incorrect portrayal of "civil casualties", and conversely cursing the Good General in the dry ISAF garden after a long week of thankless work, not being able to have a beer, it was great to hear his perspective. 5 stars. As an admin note, a few of the acronyms are not pronounced as I pronounced them, but it did not take away from the story. Loved this Audio book.
amazing story, amazing book. though it would be interesting if a 3rd party biographer would have portrayed general mchrystal quite so favorably... great narration as well. most recommended.
David D. Johnson
Having run a small legal consulting business for over 30 years makes me think often about the wonderful young employees I get to work with every day.
While the specifics of evaluating the clients and often their opponents is very difficult I have been very good at sizing them up and aiding my young staff in their abilities as well. General McChrystal's thoughts gave me much to think about while seeing that I've not been far off in the way I have handled my leadership. Much sincere thanks to a remarkable person.
From Dave Johnson, Phoenix, AZ - 2015
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.