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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
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
M. Kay DeFreese says:
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
M. MacConnell says:
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
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 9:57:16 AM PST
Vernon Loeb has in fact spoken about the situation, saying he had no knowledge of the affair. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/
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
"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
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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