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1.0 out of 5 stars Bureaucratic Story and Writing, February 20, 2012
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This review is from: All In: The Education of General David Petraeus (Hardcover)
You'll love this book if you like bureaucratic history and thinly veiled hero worshiping. Lots of pages about team building and communication in a large organization. For that stuff, I prefer David Novak's, Taking People with You. As an biography, it was very disappointing. You find out that David Petraeus can run at youthful speeds for miles, but he doesn't seem to ever breathe hard, sweat or get a sore tendon. That is, the book lacks human details and insight into the man. I doubt that General Petraeus is just a phenomenal bureaucrat, but I'll have to wait for a great biography to find out.
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Initial post: Nov 10, 2012 11:59:42 PM PST
Saultxy says:
All In was written by two people, Paula Broadwell, who told a book-talk audience that she didn't much like writing, and her "coauthor," seasoned Washington Post journalist, Vernon Loeb, whose other book on Amazon is "King's Counsel," which he ghost wrote for attorney and CIA operative Jack "Jock" O'Connell. One suspects that Loeb did most of the writing of "All In," while Broadwell fleshed out her subject, so to speak. Curiously, neither Broadwell nor Loeb have spoken publicly since the Petraeus scandal broke. Loeb's role gets more intriguing by the day.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 1:13:22 PM PST
We now know what all the "hero worship" is about. The homewrecker was sleeping with the general.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 6:53:59 PM PST
Nice covert advertisement, Mr. Novak.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 10:57:42 AM PST
Could you possibly elaborate? is the author of the review actually a CIA person? A Mossad person?? Please share!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 9:01:16 PM PST
Ang says:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231851/David-Petraeus-scandal-Paula-Broadwell-voted-homecoming-queen-high-school.html

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 9:57:16 AM PST
TheHumburger says:
Vernon Loeb has in fact spoken about the situation, saying he had no knowledge of the affair. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/petraeus-ghostwriter-clueless-to-affair/2012/11/12/c1271634-2ce4-11e2-89d4-040c9330702a_story.html) Loeb was brought on as a ghost writer because Broadwell had no experience writing books. However, he had no say whatsoever in the content of the book. Broadwell was exclusively responsible for its research and content. There's absolutely no reason to suspect he did most of the writing; I doubt such a seasoned writer would settle for secondary author status (Paula Broadwell [big letters] with Vernon Loeb [small letters]) and the commensurate lesser pay if he wrote most of it. My guess is that he was more of a cross between an editor and writer than primary writer. And his role is not remotely intriguing outside of tawdry minds whose craving for second-hand titillation is what is driving the popularity of this story.

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 7:44:04 AM PST
L. Davis says:
This book will be known as "The Spy who Shagged his Biographer". This book will not be remembered. The writing was terrible even though Broadwell had a ghostwriter. There is no insight into the war or Petraeus. I doubt another biography will be written about Petraeus as he will be forgotten.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:13:49 PM PST
Stockstradr says:
"There's absolutely no reason to suspect he did most of the writing"

Are you JOKING? What the heck do you think a ghostwriter is hired to do, shuck oysters?

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2015 9:03:09 AM PST
rnh17 says:
Why wouldn't he settle for secondary writer status? If he didn't research the book he probably wouldn't want to be the primary author.
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