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Assignment Pentagon: The Insider's Guide to the Potomac Puzzle Palace (An Ausa Book) Paperback – May 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Series: An Ausa Book
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Brassey's Inc; 2nd edition (May 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028810171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028810171
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,296,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By (Jeffrey A. Liss) monupics@yahoo.com on August 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
Assignment Pentagon: An fascinating, almost voyeuristic, look into the world behind those five-sided walls, this book is invaluable for officers newly posted to ground zero of the DoD bureaucracy. I read it as a college student studying international relations and the formulation of U.S. foreign/defense policy and found it essential for understanding the unique culture that operates at the Department of Defense. Anyone who wants to understand how the world's largest office building, and the bureaucracy it supports, really works should read this book. Its lessons and observations are applicable to most corporate environment, and I could easily see Assignment Pentagon, or some adaptation thereof, becoming the "Art of War" of the next decade.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
As an Air Force Captain currently assigned to the Pentagon, I've found this book to be invaluable in understanding how the pieces fit together in the Puzzle Palace. I read it once before arriving and have re-read several sections during my tenure in the Pentagon. I anxiously await Gen. Smith's next update.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gary Lehmann on April 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you ever wondered about what it is like to work inside the Pentagon, or what it takes to work on a high level staff, then this book is for you. Although primarily written for Pentagon staffers, this book applies to all staffers at all levels of the military and civilian/private sector. Not a whole lot of theory, just a lot of good, first-hand experience and common sense. This book helped me in previous assignments, and now I refer to it often while assigned to the Pentagon.
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