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on April 3, 2013
Well written for a military novice such as myself-very enlightening and worrisome that our military may not be in full readiness- hopefully since this book was written the 3 different military bodies have begun to work together with the same objectives and have eliminated their pettiness among the upper ranks
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on April 12, 2007
Drawing on his experience as a combat officer during WW2 and his decades of military investigative journalism Mr Hadley has both the insight and the ability to describe the state of today's military. He tells us in detail the recent history and the problems of our military bureaucracy, how it came to be, how it drastically reduces the effectiveness of our armed forces and he offers thoughts on how to restore our ability to defend ourselves. His style is very readable, his ideas well thought out and presented with the comfort and ease of many years of professional reporting. Although this book has a few years under its belt it is just as or more pertinent today than when it was written.
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on August 4, 2011
The Straw Giant is a book everyone should read...if they have a strong stomach. It exposes the incompetency of those who claimed to be leading the nation in time of war. Change the locale to Iraq or any other battle area, and you'll find little difference between then and 2011.

You will discover that the most dangerous enemy our military has in battle is not the declared foreign enemy, but the micro-managers back home in both our Executive and Legislative branches of government. The title of this book could easily have been HOW NOT TO WIN A WAR, authored by members of congress and presidents, past and present.
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on May 20, 2015
Excellent book. I read this as young Army officer. I think it should be required reading for new lieutenants.
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on April 3, 2013
This book should have a rebirth. It was about the seventies, and the travails of a hollow military, and instructive for this time.
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