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It Doesn't Take a Hero: Large Print Editon (Bantam/Doubleday/Delacorte Press Large Print Collection) Hardcover – Large Print, December 1, 1992
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"Remarkably emotional... a gripping book."--The New York Times Book Review.
"A fine and lucid book, teeming with vitality... Schwarzkopf is a compelling storyteller.--Los Angeles Times.
"A must-read... a riveting reminder that one man can influence major events."--Detroit Free Press.
"An excellent book by an excellent man."--The Wall Street Journal
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He set his star by a simple motto: duty, honor, country. Only rarely does history grant a single individual the ability, personal charisma, moral force, and intelligence to command the respect, admiration, and affection of an entire nation. But such a man is General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the Allied Forces in the Gulf War. Now, in this refreshingly candid and typically outspoken autobiography, General Schwarzkopf reviews his remarkable life and career: the events, the adventures, and the emotions that molded the character and shaped the beliefs of this uniquely distinguished American leader.
"Remarkably emotional... a gripping book." -- The New York Times Book Review
"A must-read... a riveting reminder that one man can influence major events." -- Detroit Free Press --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I got and read this book in winter 2014-2015. There were some deep ideas about the Middle East that come from the subject's life of experience as an American abroad. I probably learned more about the Middle east from this book than I did from the last 100 NY Times stories about that region combined.
Also, the personal story is profound. Schwarzopf was occasionally dropped in to very difficult situations (a mismanaged unit in Vietnam for example). I felt like I learned a lot from his descriptions of the attitudes that he took to these problems.
The most striking passage to read in 2015 was his description of why they never considered invading Iraq after Desert Storm. I will leave it to you to read, but it definitely resonates in the aftermath of the Bush-Cheney administration.
Of course, when love happens, it's unexpected and more than he'd ever hoped. He covers his entire military career, along with his personal life and it may surprise you how he discloses the gritty and, sometimes dirty, underside of Army life. He is candid about White House decisions he disagreed with, while maintaining respect for the White House and offices held by key players.
Altogether, a pleasing, fast read.