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Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War Audiobook

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

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Publisher's Summary

From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

©2014 Robert M. Gates (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 06-14-15
    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 06-14-15 Member Since 2011
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    Memoirs are all too often just the recollections of the author where they don't say anything that cold possibly offend anyone and tell stories where they are the hero. This book is no exception. I had to put it down after I was 20% through. I could not take it any longer where Gates explained how well he handled a problem that of course was created by someone else. Also, it is scary when Gates admits to sitting through so many meetings where he kept himself going with too much coffee. I like to thinks someone with the power to make life and death decisions is not wired on caffeine.

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    Lucy Brose 03-12-15
    Lucy Brose 03-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The Real U.S. Government Unveiled"
    Would you listen to Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War again? Why?

    No, because I already listened to it twice. Excellent book and packed with so much I wanted to read it again to pick up what I missed the first time around.


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    Don't miss this book if you have ever desired an insider's candid view of how big decisions in our government are really made. Gates is a man of honor, respectful while being candid. If all of our Civil Servants had his devotion, a greater nation we would be. You will come away from this book realizing what you probably already guessed. . ."news" stories know very little about what is really happening, not because of incompetence, but because most of the realities are not revealed to them, and VERY often for good reason.

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    William Ratcliff 03-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, well written, and enlightening"

    True American hero and servant. I wish all citizens who served would do so with such honor, compassion, non-partisanship, and selflessness.

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    Leche 03-06-15
    Leche 03-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible insight"

    Great read. I recommend to anyone interested in American politics. It was a true honor to meet this man in college.

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    Bob Kearneysville, WV United States 02-21-15
    Bob Kearneysville, WV United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent view of personalities in power"
    If you could sum up Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War in three words, what would they be?

    realistic, perceptive non-bureaucrat


    Which character – as performed by George Newbern and Robert M. Gates – was your favorite?

    Robert Gates


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, it took some time to ponder and digest all the information


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    An excellent view of the issues and objectives of the people at the highest level of DOD and the government and the obstructions and limitations on being able to accomplish their goals. This included many insights on people at the highest levels. The story dramatically increased my respect for Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates.
    Although this isn't the kind of audiobook I usually listen to, I deinitely recommend this one to anyone who wants a better idea of the actual personalities of those still in power today in DC.

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    AJFOX 02-17-15
    AJFOX 02-17-15
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    "Great insights"

    Worth the read
    Reader was excellent
    Gates was unique and his memoirs are very insightful into both the Bush and Obama White Houses

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    William Meilahn 02-13-15
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    "Let's run this guy for president!"

    What this book provides is a primer on leadership! Let's run this guy for president! What a patriate he is!

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    Virginia Wilkins 02-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A failure of editing"

    An interesting book. It could have been much tighter with better editing. Good background on current military issue and strategy.

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    Mark 02-08-15
    Mark 02-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Presidential"

    Gates certain possessed the experience and similar path as George HW Bush. He ran a War department not a defense department. Very intelligent person and America should be proud to have him as a leader during a very dangerous time. The story is in depth and contains the minutiae needed to make sense

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    Tina 02-05-15
    Tina 02-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One view of war"

    This book was as tedious as the NATO meetings Gates complained about. Find another more objective and interesting account of the wars.

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