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Andrew Marshall is a Pentagon legend. For more than four decades he has served as Director of the Office of Net Assessment, the Pentagon's internal think tank, under 12 defense secretaries and eight administrations. Yet Marshall has been on the cutting edge of strategic thinking even longer than that. At the Rand Corporation during its golden age in the 1950s and early 1960s, Marshall helped formulate bedrock concepts of US nuclear strategy that endure to this day; later, at the Pentagon, he pioneered the development of "net assessment" - a new analytic framework for understanding the long-term military competition between the United States and the Soviet Union. Following the Cold War, Marshall successfully used net assessment to anticipate emerging disruptive shifts in military affairs, including the revolution in precision warfare and the rise of China as a major strategic rival of the United States.

In The Last Warrior, Andrew Krepinevich and Barry Watts - both former members of Marshall's staff - trace Marshall's intellectual development from his upbringing in Detroit during the Great Depression to his decades in Washington as an influential behind-the-scenes advisor on American defense strategy. The result is a unique insider's perspective on the changes in US strategy from the dawn of the Cold War to the present day.

Covering some of the most pivotal episodes of the last half century and peopled with some of the era's most influential figures, The Last Warrior tells Marshall's story for the first time, in the process providing an unparalleled history of the evolution of the American defense establishment.

©2015 Andrew F. Krepinevich, Barry D. Watts (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Interesting man

The story doesn't really tell about the shaping of American defense strategy, but it does cover an interesting man with an interesting way of thinking. The performance was good.

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Quite educational and worth the time!

I was never part of the military although I spent some time in Afghanistan as a contractor. But this book is not typical in that is not about equipment but about long term strategy and how to avoid war.

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Best strategy book I have ever read

While it is a biography, I found it to be the best instruction on strategic thinking I have ever found. Brilliantly done.

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Great look into an exceptional man’s insight

Great account of a strategic thinkers timeless influence on political and military affairs. We need more visionaries advising our nations.

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Top of the profession.

If you have made it this book you have read all the mainstream strategy books and are now separating yourself to the top of the profession.

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Will definitely be listening this book again

incredible book on one of the most brilliant minds of US Defense policy and strategy.

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amazing insight into policy thinking

amazing insight into policy thinking I loved every second of it. I hope to find more books like this one.