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In addition to his years as a war general, his memoir also covers his childhood, his early years in the Army, his tours of Vietnam, and how he contemplated retirement before being called up as commander of Central Command, "the most diverse, strategically vitaland unstableregion of the planet." Ever the diplomat, General Franks offers insights, but little criticism of individuals. Other than expressing admiration for his own staff and for President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in particular, he is tight-lipped about any conflict within the administration that may have occurred regarding policy issues. (The one exception is counterterrorism specialist Richard Clarke. "I never received a single operational recommendation, or a single page of actionable intelligence, from Richard Clarke," he writes). He also writes that he was surprised by the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and that no WMDs were used against American troops. Still, the invasion of Iraq was justified in his eyes: "While we may not have found actual WMD stockpiles, what the Coalition discovered was the equivalent of a disassembled pistol, lying on a table beside neatly arranged trays of bullets." American Soldier is a compelling look at the war on terrorism from one who served on the frontlines as both a warrior and a diplomat. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
General Tommy Franks retired from the Army on August 1, 2003. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1967 as a distinguished graduate of the Artillery Officer Candidate School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division, Republic of Vietnam. He also served as an Assistant Division Commander during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. General Franks has been awarded three Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Distinguished Service Medals, and four Legion of Merit awards. His other decorations include three Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, an Air Medal, and an Army Commendation Medal -- all with "V" for valor. In 2004 he was named a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. General Franks lives with his wife, Cathy, in Tampa, Florida.
I BOUGHT THIS BOOK BUT NEVER FINISHED IT. WHAT I READ SO FAR WAS VERY INTERESTING AND JUST NEED TO FINISH IT.Published 17 days ago by COUNTRY BOY
Enjoyed hearing General Franks in his own words. Learned a lot about behind the scenes in the Iraq war and the input from different players.Published 3 months ago by Alan Mims
Outstanding writting. Gen Franks keeps it real!! The stories are very intersting. I would recommend this to anyone that has interest in the military.Published 3 months ago by Joe Botto
General Franks is truly one of our great, practical, brilliant Generals. His book describes how he saw at an early age in the military that common sense isn't all that common. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cal
a good book. a good read. educational about a solid soldier and his times. i would highly recommend this along with books about Mc Chrystal.Published 9 months ago by Rouzbeh K. Kordestani
This brought his background and the Desert Storm war into a better understanding. The book is well written and is easy to read.Published 10 months ago by Charles B Patterson
This book is the most amazing book! General Franks is straight forward and tells things like it is and he is no different in the book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Christina Youngblood
I will admit up front that I am not a huge Franks fan. However, it is my intent to give a review of the book rather than make judgments upon the War in Iraq, the Bush... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joe Clinkhammer
General Tommy Franks was the commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM), from 2000 to 2003. Read morePublished on December 28, 2010 by Raymond Gustavson, author of A Thirst for War