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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.
One of the first of these biographies I listened to and really enjoyed it. It was a good story of a good man. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Barbara J. Hammerbeck
Great insight on how the American military led a Coalition of troops in fighting terrorism in response to the cowardly 9/11 attack.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great non-fiction book that puts you right there into situations that really happened and keeps your interest all the way through from the number one man who managed the total war... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert S. Pasterniak
Well written. Flows nicely. Interestingly covers his entire distinguished career from Vietnam to Iraq. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark Twain
A very informative and interesting account of General Frank's time in the military. Much tactical information, which I found quite interesting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Susan A Verdier
I wish this story had a happier ending as the struggle for Iraq continues to this day. General Franks certainly did his part and I believe he did it for all the right reasons. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DON J SONKE