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Priest spent considerable time in the field with top military brass and foot soldiers alike in such hot spots as Colombia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Indonesia, and the Balkans, where she got the inside scoop on how operations are carried out and what those in the military think of their expanded roles. Priest's description of the culture of the various special forces units and their leaders is particularly fascinating. The Mission is a revealing look at the consequences of substituting warriors for diplomats on the frontline of U.S. foreign policy. --Shawn Carkonen
She offers no solution and acts as if the military is looking for none through out the book.
Our weakness is in the conduct of nation building (e.g. Iraq and Afghanistan), but again no one else is stepping up to the plate.
So, while the information is very thorough, there is far too much filler added for entertainment.
I read David Halberstam's `War in a Time of Peace' and this seemed like a good continuation. Halbersam covers the Bush 1, Clinton period, in retrospect an idyllic period. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Hugh Claffey
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I learned a lot from it. It discusses multiple topics in multiple ways. It is a good read for a military historian minded person.Published on December 22, 2011 by AvidReader
The Washington Post's Dana Priest, one of the great reporters of our generation, in this book follows the famous storytelling guideline: show, don't tell. Read morePublished on March 14, 2009 by Paul Wiseman
It is obvious that Dana Priest learned a lot in the late 1990s and early 21st century traveling the world. Read morePublished on February 1, 2008 by Marc Korman
I can't speak to the factual inaccuracies some other reviewers have mentioned, but I can say that Dana Priest, by-and-large, is a terrible writer. She's a great reporter. Read morePublished on December 5, 2006 by Crepuscular
_The Mission_ by Dana Priest is an interesting and through-provoking look at American foreign policy and the military's role in devising and implementing it. Read morePublished on September 10, 2006 by Tim F. Martin
After reading the book and reviewing it for a small town paper, I can say openly that I would rather not live in a country in which Dana Priest is a citizen. Read morePublished on September 1, 2006 by Robert N. Britcher
This book is an attempt to look at the U.S. Armed Forces, primarily the army, and their mission in the modern world: how it's changed, what it can and can't do, and what effect the... Read morePublished on July 11, 2006 by David W. Nicholas
Overall, this book is a basic overview of the structure and operation of the US armed forces theater commands in the final days of their power and prestige, before the Bush... Read morePublished on February 27, 2006 by Sir Charles Panther