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Publisher's Summary

As Chief of the General Staff, Sir Richard Dannatt was in overall command of the British army for the three years from 2006. This period saw some of the fiercest fighting yet in Afghanistan, and new and increased pressures and expectation placed on the army. From his very first day in the job, General Dannatt proved himself a courageous leader and a forceful advocate for the army, never shying from controversy to tell it as he found it.

Dannatt’s distinguished career in the army has spanned 38 years and seen him serve in many different theatres of conflict, from Northern Ireland (where he was awarded the Military Cross) to Bosnia and Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. His experiences forged his unwavering loyalty to the fighting British soldier. More than any leader in recent times, Dannatt has used his position of command to argue for improved pay and conditions for British soldiers, a greater dialogue between the army and the country, the right equipment for the troops to do the job asked of them, and greater welfare and support back home for the wounded. His leadership has shaped the debate about the role of a modern army in modern warfare.

Leading from the Front is Richard Dannatt’s fascinating reflection on a life of military service and offers his characteristically frank analysis of whether Britain’s defence strategy is fit to respond to the threats we will face in the 21st century.

©2010 General Sir Richard Dannatt (P)2010 Random House AudioBooks

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

I would recommend this book to any student of military history and particularly those who are fascinated by the machinations of High Command.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leading from the Front?

The highlight of book is that period that covers General Sir Richard Dannatt's time as Chief of the General Staff, in particular his efforts to represent his officers and soldiers to ensure they were appropriately supported in a difficult war. It illuminates the challenge of that interface between the military and the Government and the potential pitfalls related to relationships with the media.

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It reinforced for me that once a Government commits forces to war those troops must be fully supported.

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An interesting and thought provoking read.

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  • 04-19-20

Amazing

Really interesting audio book. Recommended to all my family and friends. Very good and will listen to again.

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  • Ross McFarlane
  • 04-12-20

Engaging and enlightening

The book has an honesty that was good to see, balancing his mistakes and accomplishments with humility. I was even more impressed that it was read by the General which added his personality to the book. A multitude of lessons for serving personnel and warning of history repeating itself.

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  • Alistair S Reid
  • 02-16-20

Well written and well delivered.

Well written and well delivered. Interesting narrative on a very important period for the British Army.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-23-20

Honest and very interesting

I enjoyed Sir Richards honest and sometimes self critical accounts. He has made mistakes and holds his hands up but like a good leader finds ways to work the problem and resolve the issue.

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  • JohnPL
  • 10-31-17

Interesting autobiography

Throws light on recent developments on the world stage and particularly on internal UK politics. The Westminster dimension was the most interesting.

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