• 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."-
Midwest Book Review
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?