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Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace Hardcover – Other Calendar, October 7, 2014
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“Worthy Fights is Panetta’s addition to the Cabinet bookshelf, and it’s very readable, with the frank descriptions of personalities and events that distinguish this genre at its best.”
About the Author
Jim Newton is editor at large of the Los Angeles Times, where he has worked for twenty-five years as a reporter, editor, bureau chief, and columnist. He is the author of two critically acclaimed biographies, Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made and Eisenhower: The White House Years.
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I disagree with a lot of reviewers in that he was self serving in any way. I think his intention was to defend himself to the public. He doesn't defame Obama and his administration at all, but does offer some criticism and sets the record straight on many rumors. Of course he offers his opinions, but what memoirs don't? Isn't that the point of a memoir?
It's really a shame that liberals are viciously attacking this man over this book. There is no reason to do so at all! Clearly he respects Obama and much of his administration, even if there were disagreements.
Despite the fact that I don't agree with all his views, I think it's well written and quite respectable. I think he's being honest, but a little defensive. Still, I think it's well worth the read.
Looking back at his tenure, Panetta makes the case that Obama’s decisions and leadership style have made the war against the Islamic State more difficult through Obama’s refusal to push the Iraqi government into keeping a residual force which resulted in the ISIS rise, that he failed to arm Syrian rebels, and failed to follow up against Assad after crossing the “red line.”
He details about the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques,” while admitting that enhanced interrogation yielded “important, even critical intelligence,” including intelligence on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. If you are looking for any definitive statement regarding his position on the matter though, it is hard to find here.
In all, as with many books from former administration personnel, the book toes the line of self-glorification while balancing praise and criticism of the administration. Panetta’s book is typical to such memoirs, and as such, is neither disappointing nor particularly spectacular.
There is a lot going around now that says this book bashes Obama. I disagree. Liberals and conservatives alike take a beating. You need to read the entire book to understand where he is coming from.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read. Lots of insight regarding the many different job titles Panetta held. Makes you understand a lot of the complex issues better.Published 26 days ago by bobhammitt
I wish we had him back in the Pentagon (or in the White House) . He was careful and practical with the military budget and never doubted that it was enough to exercize our... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas A. Elwood
A nice book. Well written with good background to who he is as a man and his journey. CIA bits were a let down as I found him weak and a political player. Just my view.Published 2 months ago by jules
Awesome book. Awesome life. Revealing. Discloses behind the scenes where this man tread. Discloses flaws of what is supposed to be a representative government that in reality... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Texas Sage
I kept thinking of that t v add--------Where's the meat? I think that Leon Panetta is a good man. I enjoyed the personal part of his book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A Rochester
Mr. Panetta reveals many facts regarding the killing of Bin Laden and the events that took place in Benghazi. True, this is history as related by Mr. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Happy Shopper