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An interesting story and non political view from a general,
This review is from: American Soldier (Hardcover)
Sure, once in a while you get a whiff of ego but it's mild and in an autobio, it's almost unavoidable. Franks speaks his mind in a sincere fashion. Try not to fall into the trap that other reviewers have and let your personal politics dictate your reading experience.
Unlike most authors these days, Franks is a man of action. Reading this book can really give one a sense of perspective in this highly volatile political season. It's refreshing to read something from the point of view of a man who spent his life in service to the country, making it a safer and stronger place. Compare it to the hate-driven absurdity of the Al Franken types to the ego-driven book-a-year talk show pundits and one can see how rediculous many of those people are.
Many of the criticisms leveled at the book stem from some misguided assumption that as members of the civilian population, they somehow have a better understanding of how the War on Terror needs to be prosecuted or who is to be considered a good or bad wartime leader - or how our success in hinged upon capturing one man (Perhaps the federal government needs to call them and get a detailed plan on how to achieve absolute victory).
He details his upbringing, his relationship with his parents and his wife, chronicals his military career and gives us a blow-by-blow of how the US military waged war in the CENTCOM area of responsibility. His mistakes and shortcomings - both personal and professional are detailed throughout the book as well. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in gaining a better understanding of our military, the War on Terror, the command of our armed forces as told by a man who made a career - and life out of making this country a better place and the world a safer place.