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David Petraeus: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) Hardcover – November 18, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0313383779 ISBN-10: 0313383774
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• Provides a clear and analytical assessment of General Petraeus's life and professional record, beginning with his boyhood and attendance at West Point

• Explains Petraeus's contributions to the profession of arms in the United States in terms that are understandable, accurate, and unbiased

• Makes the complex wars in Iraq and Afghanistan easily comprehensible and offers an objective evaluation of America's military performance there



• A chronology of General Petraeus's assignments and awards

• A bibliography of valuable print resources and works by Petraeus himself



"Worthy of the highest recommendation for military biography, public, and college level libraries."

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Book Description

With the war in Iraq going poorly, General David Petraeus supervised the writing of a new counterinsurgency doctrine, which he put into practice in the "surge" that changed the course of the conflict. The duty of a leader, Petraeus proclaims, is to "get the big ideas right." How successful has he been at achieving this aim during his lengthy service in the U.S. Army?

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Product Details

  • Series: Greenwood Biographies
  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (November 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313383774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313383779
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Pepper on January 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is straightforward and highly informative. The author does an exceptional job of putting General Petraeus' life and professional accomplishments in the context of broader events. It's not a tell-all and doesn't seek to be. Rather it explains his life and especially the Iraq War. Students, those interested in military history, and readers simply looking for a good telling of the story behind a prominent US military leader, will enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.
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David Petraeus: A Biography is the life story of the American general who turned the course of the ongoing war in Iraq around with his implemented plan for a "surge". Written by military historian and army strategist Bradley T. Gericke, David Petraeus: A Biography traces Petraeus' life from growing up in New York to his service in the 101st Airborne Division to his controversy with the MoveOn website, to his efforts to counter sectarian violence not only through military but also through social and legal means. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this exceptional account of a leader who successful approached complex warfare on multiple fronts - military, diplomatic, economic, and informational. David Petraeus: A Biography is worthy of the highest recommendation for military biography, public, and college library shelves.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LibraryLady on February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book about America's most famous general. The chapters that examine the war in Iraq are interesting, and provide an overview of the kind of war confronted by the US military. The writing is smart with lots of facts and the story moves quickly. Anyone wanting to learn all about General Petraeus and the most important military events of recent times will benefit from this book.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Knighton on January 20, 2011
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if you have read the "4th Star" ( Cloud and Jaffe ) and the Vanity Fair article by Mark Bowden, their is nothing new in this book

Maybe a good starter
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