Per the title of this review, the book is a mix of recent history and leadership lessons. I was surprised at how drawn into the book I became from the very beginning. It's great to get the perspective of one of our most respected Generals. Like a soldier diplomat, very carefully presents his version of every story in a way that the reader can empathize with. It's a long book, but well worth it.
Seemed similar to the book Art of Intelligence by Henry Crumpton because of the format and topics but from slightly different perspectives.
Most of us have heard one or two of these principles. The author goes into detail behind why the principles work and uses University studies to validate the reasoning. The book is 30% claim, 30% anecdotal, and 40% research study review. The author does a great job of engaging the reader and the narrator has a good balance in pace and tone of voice.
If the book had NOT had everyone but the narrator sound like Gomer Pyle.
Talk a little more about what the EC-130's do and their tactics. I realize Opsec is always a concern but there are ways to talk more about the mission and capabilities without breaking any laws.
Great talent but I doubt it was his decision to tell the story with varying versions of a Southern drawl.
It told a good story at moments.
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