Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Battle Ready (Study in Command) Hardcover – May 24, 2004
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Discover books for all types of engineers, auto enthusiasts, and much more. Learn more
Top Customer Reviews
There are some tremendous gems in this book, some of which I summarize here.
1) Zinni is mpressive in his grasp of grand strategy, of the urgency of understanding the threat, devising a full approach that mixes and matches *all* instruments of national strategy, and that focuses--as Zinni learned to focus in Viet-Nam, on the hearts and minds of the people rather than the force on force battles (a means to an end, not an end in themselves).
2) Zinni's understanding of war comes across very early in the book when he describes the six completely different wars that took place in South Viet-Nam, each with its own lessons, tactics, and sometimes equipment differences--nuances that conventional military policy, doctine, and acquisition managers back in the US still do not understand: a) Swamp War, b) Paddy War, c) Jungle War, d) Plains War, e) Saigon War, and f) DMZ War.
3) Zinni has read SLA Marshall on "The Soldier's Load", and he notes that the equipment that the South Vietnamese carried was lighter and better for their needs--the US military-industrial complex burdens our Armed Forces with overly heavy things, too many of them, that actually impair our ability to fight. Perhaps even more fascinating, Zinni sees that buying equipment for our troops locally cuts the cost by 4/5th.Read more ›
Look Tom Clancy is a die-hard Republican and a friend to Ronald Reagan. Zinni is a retired Marine general and former CentCom commander (which covers Iraq along with the rest of the middle-east). Zinni was highly regarded in the Bush administration who appointed him to several key jobs, including a role as special envoy to the President to the middle-east. If President Bush trusted Zinni enough to have him speak on his behalf to the leaders of key middle-eastern countries, he's clearly somebody Bush respected.
If these two guys are so moved by what Rumsfeld has done that they will criticize him publicly - maybe we should listen. If we disagree, we had better understand why, because we are disagreeing with two highly respected men with a deep understanding of military affairs. Forget all the trashy "anti-Bush" books being written out there. This isn't anti-Bush, these are two voices that Americans can trust who (in their minds at least) are trying to save the United States military from a disaster in Iraq. If anything it is anti-Rumsfeld in places, but they certainly have well qualified criticism.
I'm not sure I entirely agree with them (I supported going to war in Iraq) but so far Zinni's predictions on what would happen in Iraq have been dead on. It is his success in seeing what was coming that leads me to take a second look at what he has to say. I know personally I've been pretty wrong about what I thought would happen, and Zinni's been pretty right.Read more ›
Also, to say that Zinni is simply just another left-wing propogandist is laughable. He supported and voted for George Bush in 2000, and like a growing number of republicans, he now regrets that support.
That a former CENTCOM commander should be making these criticisms of our current commander-in-chief should give every conservative in this country pause for thought.
Clancy's eloquent certification of Major General Zinni's military credentials provides a formidable platform for a very tough critque of the intellecutual authors of the United States invasion of Iraq. Moreover, Clancy's well-known hawkish convictions adds volume to Zinni's powerful charge that the Bush administration failed the American people.
The former United States Central Command Commander in Chief points many fingers...and backs it up with solid facts. Zinni is a classic gentleman and officer and like many other Marines I know from Philadelphia...he tells it like it is. To this end, Zinni has articulated the most powerful charges I have ever seen a retired Marine Corps officer use against an administration at war. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Please people with the money, if you buy a new book, include a used one in your shopping cart. Read more
Great book, accurate reflection of the world we live in! Tony Zinni is the type of leader we need in today's army!Published 22 months ago by ernesto a raymundo jr
I liked the book as it gave insight to "being a Marine". I had hoped this book would have devoted a chapter to details of the Iraq occupation plan that General Zinni... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Pat Hallquist
This was the perfect companion on a trans-Atlantic flight. Tom Clancy's prose are always easy to identify and always most welcome. Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by AC500Driver
Many examples of the trials and tribulations of leadership. Throughout General Zinzi's career, he had countless challenges that most CEO's do not face-such as enemies with weapons... Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by Glenn D. Robinson
Tom Clancy is best known for his fiction. However, he has ventured out into wrtiing military biographies of leaders he's met - this is the fourth of "The Commanders" series, key... Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by matt8386