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
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.
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.
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.
True American hero and servant. I wish all citizens who served would do so with such honor, compassion, non-partisanship, and selflessness.
realistic, perceptive non-bureaucrat
no, it took some time to ponder and digest all the information
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.
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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