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.
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It ranks among the highest particularly for this genre. Added fascinating background and interesting insight into a difficult time for our country.
Secretary Gates' passion for the troops and his personal concerns and drive to get them what they needed and the responsibility he felt for them.
There really only is one character in this story - Gates.
When Sec. Gates met a Texas A&M graduate in a hospital (double amputee). The solider reminded Gates that he had handed him his diploma upon graduation and asked that he would award him his decorations at Texas A&M. And he did, in front of an entire football crowd.
I particular liked his insight of nation's going to war. The definition of a Pessimist is an Optimist with experience.
A much better and less monotone, boring narrater. way to much non essential detail and repetition.
watched several interviews and reviews of book on tv and was expecting a much more exciting and entertaining experience.
Total monotone, like listening to water drip. Could not finish listening to it.Worst narrator I ever listened to.
Had some good behind the scenes information but overall just plain boring. Yuk
Will definitely research and listen to a sample of a book like this next time.
It is one of the Best Audiobooks I have listened to!
When he was approached by the mother of a young Soldier in the restaurant and asked to bring her son home safe. It was very emotional to me personally.
I have to say that I was moved personally by the whole book and more than once I had tears in my eyes while listening to his feelings about the losses suffered by our young Soldiers. I am a father, a Soldier and a Patriot and I found this book simply awesome!!!
I really admire Bob Gates even more after this book. As an old Soldier I appreciate his dedication to our young troops. Thank you for your service to your country Sir!
Near the top. The story and the performance were both very strong. I had no opinion of Robert M. Gates before I read this book. Now, I have an opinion and it is very positive.
At first, the inside story on the administrations of Bush and Obama but in the end his compassion for the soldiers; the men and women who gave all for this country.
No other George Newbern performances and no other Robert M. Gates books.
While I most looked forward to his comments about the two presidents he served, I was blown away by his temperate and even handed dealing of the two very different men.
During his tenure in office, there was much in the news about Robert Gates that I can recall; I did not pay much attention to him when he was in office. I am sorry now that I didn't. Having read Duty, I am very impressed by the man, his accomplishments, his heart, determination, his character and his poise.
I for one, hope that this great nation will always have people like Robert M. Gates to serve the people.
Insightful, remarkable and frightening.
Robert Gates. A remarkable individual who was the right man at the right time to serve as Secretary of Defense. I never fully understood, until now, how critical this role is in our government. Sadly, it also portrays our elected officials in a light that is not flattering. But hey, we already know what the issues are in Washington. I felt Gates did a great job of being evenhanded and thoroughly detailed in his description of events.
Debates over Afghanistan and Iraq, particularly how distrustful Biden is of the military.
No, too long.
I wish all Americans would read this, because too often we want to use the military to solve problems where diplomacy is the answer. There are no such things as a short wars or conflicts these days, and this book demonstrates why this is so.
It is great book, gave an insight of decision making process of the Federal Government at the highest level ( I am an ex federal government employee). It was surprising to learn that power of red tape ridden bureaucracy even in matter of life and death ( in conducting wars). Robert Gates came across to me as non partisan patriotic American who had the interests of country in mind. Strongly recommended for reading.
This story has script potential - Mr. Gates is a very engaging and endearing storyteller.
I really enjoyed learning about the MRAP project that saved thousands of lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This memoir is honest and insightful. Mr. Gates has a very organic, conversational style that makes you feel like you a fly on the wall through two very different administrations. I have to admit, I learned things about both Presidents that I wouldn't have otherwise believed. Gates played a key role during one of the most controversial and pivotal events of our generation and his story is fascinating.
Getting a first-person view of History from the inside. Mr. Gates book is written in a straight-forward manner, in language easily understood, introduces the reader to the central figures who controlled events and consequently our lives in the recent past. He introduced me to the President and it changed my jaded view. I really liked this book, and enjoyed it throughout. I give it a 5 star rating.
He became Mr. Gates to a point that I thought it was, in fact, Mr. Gates. I appreciated the epilogue because it let me hear Mr. Gates actual voice. It struck me funny that Mr. Newbern's voice and presentation became more powerful as the Sect. of Defense that the actual voice of the author. (No disrespect intended)
Sorry, I don't see this a movie.
I recommend it without qualification!
Details how Gates wove his way through a political quagmire to achieve dignity for the American fighter, blasted through the bureaucracy to shorten times from injury to evacuation in Afghanistan, gained the respect of America's foes, recognized "enforced democracy" is no better than tyranny, taught by example talking softly, carrying a big stick to prepare the soil in which democracy could flourish realistically in time. Recognized real leaders, fired phony leaders, documented, preserved, and rewarded true acts of heroism,brought to the front burner timely treatment of wounded warriors and their families, fired incompetent stewards of military health care... Got more done than Presidents Bush and Obama without getting entangled in party politics. Great book!!!
It's a great book, but one of those that I have to put aside for a while, get through a couple of others, and then get back to it.
George Newbern as narrator is excellent and makes it feel like it is the genuine author without trying to do so. He has a command and presence that makes it engaging.
You can't listen to this book in one sitting.
Great to hear the behind the scenes, but it enters a level of detail that is more commitment that some listeners may be willing to make.
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