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An officer and a gentleman, but no drama,
This review is from: My Share of the Task: A Memoir (Hardcover)
When I'd received an advanced copy of General McChrystal's book I expected new revelations, some bombshells, fresh dirt, and his genuine unvarnished thoughts and feelings on the conduct of the War in Afghanistan as well as his very public dustup resulting from his interview in Rolling Stone. While he certainly does touch on these subjects the overall tone and tenor of the book is very introspective and subdued. McChrystal isn't here to settle scores or provide the inside scoop; he instead is seeking to present his side of various arguments, to explain some of the reasons for his actions, and to expound on his role in prosecuting the War in Afghanistan. Without the expected fireworks however it can make for rather dull reading and certainly presents only one side of the story. Readers expecting insight into the Pat Tillman affair will similarly be disappointed as there's no apology and no new insight into to; but then again, were you really expecting that? For someone in such a contemplative and introspective mood there's little here to entire readers and apparently McChrystal was attempting a personal catharsis with this book. It does give some limited and clearly restrained insight into McChrystal's thought processes, but everything here seems heavily censored, sanitized, and circumspect - almost like reading a heavily redacted top secret document. What he says makes sense and is well reasoned and argued, but it's what he DOESN'T mention that people likely want to hear. The result is fairly bloodless and unemotional. While I came away with a better understanding of McChrystal and the War in Afghanistan, I really can't say I truly understand him much less like him. He seems like a decent enough guy, but that hardly makes for interesting or compelling reading. With the large number of books coming out about the War in Afghanistan this can certainly be added to the canon of what historians and researchers will be using. A first draft of history indeed, but not a terribly interesting or compelling draft.
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Initial post: Jan 8, 2013 7:51:16 PM PST
Tom Murr says:
I want to know if he told it all or covered it to go down in history as a Good General who had some sight disagreements.
Posted on Jan 9, 2013 9:28:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2013 9:36:16 AM PST
Margaret Rechif says:
Just heard the interview McChrystal had with Charlie Rose. Such a truly impressive guy who is moving on. Can't help but recall how devastated Martha Radditz (sp.) was when she heard of McChrystal's resignation. What a loss. So I ran to Amazon to order this book. Having just read a five star review (from someone who was also impressed w/ McChrystal having worked with him) and a three star review (from someone who read the book) I have decided NOT to read the book. Being an extrordinary leader and human being, however, does not an author make.
Posted on Jan 14, 2013 9:52:42 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 9:58:40 PM PST
I believe he is presidential material in what party, don't know, he is the only threat to Hillary Clinton right now, I'd vote for him and would follow him to Hell to fight the Devil.
We need a West Pointer in the White House and General McChrystal is that person. Please run, Please.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 8:42:52 AM PST
Neal C. White says:
Both Reviewer Bartholomew and poster tom Murr might finf it instructive to read the review by Jason C Houk for a better understanding of General Stan McChrystal
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 8:44:42 AM PST
Neal C. White says:
It could be instructive for Reviewer Todd Bartholomew andposter Tom Murr to read review by Jason C Houk
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 10:01:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 17, 2013 10:02:40 PM PST
Hey Dante, Do you want to share Hell with us now?
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