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My Share of the Task: A Memoir | [General Stanley McChrystal]

My Share of the Task: A Memoir

In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military’s most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate.
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Publisher's Summary

"Never shall I fail my comrades.... I will shoulder more than my share of the task, whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some."
—from the Ranger Creed

In early March 2010, General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, walked with President Hamid Karzai through a small rural bazaar. As Afghan townspeo­ple crowded around them, a Taliban rocket loudly thudded into the ground some distance away. Karzai looked to McChrystal, who shrugged. The two leaders continued greeting the townspeople and listening to their views.

That trip was typical of McChrystal’s entire career, from his first day as a West Point plebe to his last day as a four-star general. The values he has come to be widely admired for were evident: a hunger to know the truth on the ground, the courage to find it, and the humility to listen to those around him. Even as a senior commander, McChrystal stationed him­self forward, and frequently went on patrols with his troops to experience their challenges firsthand.

In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value.

Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military’s most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate. He paints a vivid portrait of the traditional military establishment that turned itself, in one gen­eration, into the adaptive, resilient force that would soon be tested in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the wider War on Terror.

McChrystal spent much of his early career in the world of special operations, at a time when these elite forces became increasingly effective - and necessary. He writes of a fight waged in the shadows by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which he led from 2003 to 2008. JSOC became one of our most effective counterterrorism weapons, facing off against Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Over time, JSOC gathered staggering amounts of intelligence in order to find and remove the most influential and dangerous terrorists, including the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The hunt for Zarqawi drives some of the most gripping scenes in this book, as McChrystal’s team grappled with tricky interrogations, advanced but scarce technology, weeks of unbroken surveillance, and agonizing decisions.

McChrystal brought the same energy to the war in Afghanistan, where the challenges loomed even larger. His revealing account draws on his close relationships with Afghan leaders, giving readers a unique window into the war and the country.

Ultimately, My Share of the Task is about much more than war and peace, terrorism and counterin­surgency. As McChrystal writes, "More by luck than design, I’d been a part of some events, organizations, and efforts that will loom large in history, and more that will not. I saw selfless commitment, petty politics, unspeakable cruelty, and quiet courage in places and quantities that I’d never have imagined. But what I will remember most are the leaders."

©2013 Stanley A. McChrystal (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Donald 02-09-13
    Donald 02-09-13
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    "Understanding Our Most Recent Wars"
    If you could sum up My Share of the Task in three words, what would they be?

    Understanding our Involument


    What other book might you compare My Share of the Task to and why?

    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.


    What does Kevin Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The inflection of his voice and timing adds to the excitment and drama of the story


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

    NO, much of what is presented must be thought about ,reflected on, so you understand the General's involement.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul DeVanna 06-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Mucho information"
    Would you try another book from General Stanley McChrystal and/or Kevin Collins?

    Not if its like this one. The General remembers every nuance.


    Was My Share of the Task worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like I just spent my time in Afghanistan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Mesa, AZ, United States 01-21-14
    Lynn Mesa, AZ, United States 01-21-14
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    "Great read."

    This book really gives great insight on what a leader should emulate. He was fully recognizant of his shortcomings and tried to emulate the leadership skills he saw others use in their leadership roles.

    No man is perfect but one must try each and every day to become a better person. This book made me feel that General McChrystal tried his hardest, and that's all you can ask for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janine 09-10-13
    Janine 09-10-13

    I am a retired RN who has a interest in many different ideas, places, people, aand times. I do like books with some kind of action in them.

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    "A memoir not to be missed"
    What did you love best about My Share of the Task?

    General McChrytal's unabashed honesty.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His description of the training and heavy responsibilities of those in leadership in the armed forces and the intelligence and dedication it takes to lead.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he and his wife went out for his retirement formation. It was a quiet and greatly significant event that shows that our great leaders do so much for us for so little appreciation from us. It demonstrates that only those who have been in similar situations can really appreciate what one does. It was real, heartfelt and full of honor.


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

    No. This is a book to be savored and thought over. Do not rush it.


    Any additional comments?

    Give this book a chance. You just might learn something.
    Thank you, General McChrystal and your wife.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 08-27-13
    William SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 08-27-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Details, lots of details"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    General McChrystal's book provides lots of details about how decisions were made, and how operations were executed. This book is interesting as historical record, and as source of practical advice. IWO


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details.


    What about Kevin Collins’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. Almost as good as General McChrystal ;)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    My Share of the Task. You should know better than to ask me questions about making movies.


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    Thomas Edgewood, NM, United States 02-25-13
    Thomas Edgewood, NM, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    Where does My Share of the Task rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is at the top of my listening experiences


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Share of the Task?

    McCrystal's final meeting with Obama


    What does Kevin Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His enphasis on those areas of most importance to the author.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mia 01-27-13
    Mia 01-27-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Finally this amazing inspiration shares his story: from political questions to times shared with his wife Annie. No dry moments:,We get to travel with him. If you thought we lost something when he got sacked or retired Obama-style. You need to give it a tough-listen by which I mean you might get to see a personn loaded with experiences and a big heart. He is an amazing storyteller and a great American leader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Share of the Task?

    Everything from family stories to war experiences.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Collins – was your favorite?

    Every man and woman in uniform.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes:,Every struggle!


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    W. Max Hollmann Florida 07-25-13
    W. Max Hollmann Florida 07-25-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Politics and the military don't mix well"

    In many ways I found the narritive disconcerting. I thought back to the days when "victory" was the logical end of war, e.g. Grant, Patton, Eisenhower. McCrystal's story belies his belief, while at West Point, that he would be a fighting soldier. He skirts over his junior, company and field commander experiences by listing the future soldiers he will again serve with. As his career moves ever upward he finds himself more enmeshed and ensnared by the wishes of his politcal overseers. It must be frustrating to see the "light toward military victory" as only a military man can see his or her duty to be reined in by political expediency and a hostile press.
    McCrystal does not advocate doing away with civilian control but it is evident it impedes outcomes to the degree that military operations are never successfully concluded. The lesson I got from this book is that if you're a general, on down to the level of private, that you have continually to look over your shoulder. This is especially true when so many in political authority, including the Commander in Chief, are more concerned of how they will appear on the evening news cycle, when so many political leaders have never served a day in the military, and when they feel more accountable to domestic interest groups then to the men and women who have to fight and die for their country.
    I was disappointed in his telling of the Rolling Stone article. It's passed over in a paragraph with the appropriate mea culpas.The other disappointment is McCrystal continually resorts to defining a good military leader's qualities and concludes that his description fits him. I have no doubt that he is a well qualified military leader but this device seems to be self-serving.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Schwartz RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA, US 02-05-14
    Fred Schwartz RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA, US 02-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Was this written by the Military for you?


    Would you recommend My Share of the Task to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you have a lot of time to kill - OK


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of good info mixed with lots of useless info. There is nothing new. Why write a book on i woke up this morning, went to the store,...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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