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1.0 out of 5 stars Full of All Knowns, February 10, 2012
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This review is from: All In: The Education of General David Petraeus (Hardcover)
Much wasn't really brought to light or revealed here. One never gets a sense about how Petraeus makes judgements, where he failed and would have done better, or has any insight into him and the thought process. I found The Fourth Star much more robust and insightful. Paula is obviously a fan and didn't have any objectivity in the book. Petraeus is either awesome or super awesome. OK. Got it. Next? There is no more depth.
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Initial post: Feb 17, 2012 10:08:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 17, 2012 2:23:40 PM PST
Jay says:
I agree . Ms. Broadwell, a capable writer, had a daunting task in writing about Petraeus. She's been called his "protogee," but what does this mean? Her ambition is to be a four-star general? At any rate, her subject obviously didn't come clean, and who would expect her to push the issue with him? No person as arrogant and image-conscious as Petraeus will permit the word "failure" (referencing "where he failed" in Alberts's review) to be attached to his name. In about 20 years he'll be the subject of some interesting reading, and I hope the author will be someone like Michael Hastings.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 3:40:22 PM PST
Q. Mao says:
It probably didn't help that they were sleeping together. Very likely to have additionally compromised the objectivity.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 3:57:24 PM PST
Toutenhaut says:
Embedded journalism taken to the literal extreme.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 4:38:29 PM PST
Booksnoop says:
And now we know why the author was such a fan.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 6:00:52 PM PST
Moving On says:
Recent events give us all a sense of the ethics of Petraeus and Broadwell, totally debauched, frolicking through the bloody war zones. Even the title sounds like porn.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 10:44:20 PM PST
Saultxy says:
Now knowing what we do, the entire work is compromised, as are writer and subject. One wonders how seasoned WP journalist Vernon Loeb, Broadwell's "coauthor" (likely did most of the writing as she told a book-talk audience that she didn't much like writing - see YouTube) feels. Broadwell has made herself scarce since the scandal broke, likewise not a peep from Loeb, all this adding fuel to the political-cabal fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 10:48:33 PM PST
Saultxy says:
... To say the least. All and sundry are now wincing at the book's title and the neologistic embeddedness.
Conflict of interest, anyone? No pun intended, but it might have been a more fitting title.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 12:25:42 AM PST
SueDonym says:
",,,any insight into him and the thought process." We'll learn more when all the emails come out.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 3:54:46 PM PST
infidelity is perhaps the most forgivable of all sins, especially for a man consumed by a lonely career. still, self-promotion and the arrogance of image-making are sins less forgivable: if you are not mother therasa, you tread dangerous ground indeed when you portray yourself as such. thus we forgive president clinton and turn away in disgust from the general who sold himself as moses.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 8:10:17 AM PST
D. Keating says:
Vernon Loeb wrote in the Washington Post that he had no idea
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/petraeus-ghostwriter-clueless-to-affair/2012/11/12/c1271634-2ce4-11e2-89d4-040c9330702a_story.html
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