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Eyes on the Horizon: Serving on the Front Lines of National Security Hardcover – March 17, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; English Language edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416560122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416560128
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A good soldier turns in a dutiful memoir of life in uniform." ---Kirkus --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

General Richard B. Myers retird as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October, 2005, after serving over 40 years in the US Air Force. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, and a 1965 graduate of Kansas State University, General Myers has held command positions at every level, including Commander of US Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Pacific Air Forces, US Forces Japan, and two fighter wings. A fighter pilot with over 4,100 hous, General Myers logged more than 600 combat hours during the Vietnam conflict.

General Myers now sits on several public and non-profit boards and currently lectures nationally on national security issues and leadership. He is Foundation Professor of Military Histor and Leadership at Kansas State University and holds the Colin Powell Chair of Leadership, Ethics, and Character at National Defense University. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife, Mary Jo. They have two daughters and a son, and, to his great joy, a growing number of grandchildren.

Malcolm McConnell is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller American Soldier with Tommy Franks and My Year in Iraq with L. Paul Bremer III.

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Format: Hardcover
This is the autobiography of retired General Richard B. Myers former Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The author shares his life story that ranges from his fear of air planes as a child due to a plane crash near his home in Kansas through his college years at Kansas State University as an engineering student and member of the ROTC. The reader is led with intricate detail through Myers entire military career that took him from Second Lieutenant up through his retirement as a Four-Star-General and the honor of being the Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff. As you accompany Myers on his military career... there are so many assignments and transfers (I lost count after twenty) that I'm reminded... as an honorably discharged Viet Nam era veteran... of one of the many reasons I didn't want to make the military a career. The General acknowledges the hardships that his forty-plus-year military career placed on his family... when he states with admiration... that at one point in time "I was especially proud of our oldest daughter, Nicole, who was starting her fourth high school in three years when we arrived at Langley."

One of the most interesting parts of the book was during the time the General was a young fighter pilot during the Viet Nam War. Not only his time in the cockpit... but his thorough analysis in hindsight... of what America could have done better during the war. As he and many others summarized about the Viet Nam conflict: "WE NEVER LOST A BATTLE... BUT WE LOST THE WAR." It is this straight-forward character trait... that really "grabs" the reader's attention throughout this literal history of America's last forty-years of military action. The author does not "blink-an-eye"... nor even flinch... when he points out...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. Tullis on April 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
General Richard Myers has the experience to back up his words. While not all sane folks would believe a fighter pilot, Myers has walked the walk his entire career--now he has the tickets to talk the talk. And we better listen--we are at war, regardless of what the politicians want to call it, and we better develop and understand the strategy necessary to win this war--the consequences of not doing so will leave a sad and bloody leagacy for our grand children. I just hope our political leadership is listening...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Informed Reader on March 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a chronological account of the major events and milestones within the career of Air Force General Richard B. Myers. It is an interesting and engaging read with detailed insight into the significance of many military positions. I found it to be insightful, current and respectful of the importance the U.S. Military plays on the global platform. Highly recommended read for any military or civilian personnel interested in learning the path to America's most senior military position. ***Unfortunately, the ignorance of ideological extremists will appear in the less informed, unintelligent reviews featured. The individual is no Marine. Nothing more than a dishonest disgrace to a great organization (USMC).***
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Claffey on December 9, 2012
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Richard Myers is very familiar to the world, as the guy standing beside/behind Donald Rumsfeld in press conferences to do with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is his autobiography. One story, not in this book, that defines General Myers for me, is that during the conflicts he developed a habit of obsessively scratching his forearms. To me this exemplifies his frustration in dealing with Rumsfeld. In the book Myers describes a meeting (after he retired) with a banker who asks if it bothered him that he made so little money during his career, Myers says he didn't really think about it, but the banker persists saying it must have bothered him. Myers says that `talking all night ...would not have convinced the guy, so I backed off and found another conversation'. I think both of these vignettes summarise General Myers. He comes across as a cerebral warrior, very clear on how to develop technology for anticipated challenges, but he does not come across as a forceful individual.

General Myers came up through the airforce, flew in Vietnam and moved twenty five times in his military career. He has many interesting things to say about the technological development, the need for operational flexibility and the need for the US to develop an understanding of the muslim world so as to dissuade young muslims from joining the extremists. Its very clear that he is an very able, talented individual. I read Hugh Shelton's autobiography (his predecessor as CJCS) and it revealed him to have been a decisive character, dominant in his relationship with the secretary of defence. It is very clear that Gen.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Rundle on May 22, 2009
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General Myers gives us a first-person behind-the-scenes look at the events surrounding 9/11. Exciting and informative. His tell-it-like it is honesty is refreshing--not afraid to point out mistakes but does so without blaming and finger-pointing. His Air Force career leading up to this time in our nation is interesting and captivating--makes you want to know how he got to where he was when he did. Buy it. You'll like it.
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