- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (May 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061562424
- ISBN-13: 978-0061562426
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,988,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Former United States Army Lieutenant General Ricardo S. Sanchez served as commander of coalition ground forces in Iraq from June 2003 to June 2004. When he retired on November 1, 2006, Sanchez was the highest-ranking Hispanic in the U.S. Army, culminating thirty-three years of military service. He now lives in his home state of Texas.
Ricardo S. Sánchez es teniente general retirado del Ejército de los Estados Unidos y sirvió como comandante de la coalición de tropas en Irak de junio de 2003 a junio de 2004. Era el hispano de mayor rango en la Armada cuando se retiró el 1ro de noviembre de 2006, culminando treinta y tres años al servicio del Ejército de los Estados Unidos. Actualmente, Sánchez vive en Texas.
Donald T. Phillips is the author of twenty books, including Lincoln on Leadership. He lives in Illinois.
Donald T. Phillips ha sido el autor de veinte libros, incluyendo Lincoln on Leadership, y vive en Illinois.
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The way Sanchez talks in this CD, you can tell he spent his years in the military. The question was where his progressive rise within the ranks would end. Obviously, it ended with the Abu Grhaib torture scandal. While he was aquitted after having been investigated, he was forced out.
The most interesting part of the whole book is his final showdown with Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld wanted him to go along with a memo that was false. In return he would be given a lucrative job right out of the military. Sanchez opted to not support the memo on the gounds that it was a lie, and thus gave up a post military lucrative career.
There was a lot to like about Sanchez from hearing of his childhood and his family. I got the impression that he was a bit aloof, however. Still, he was surprisingly cerebral and clearly understood this war better than other generals that were involved. Listening to Sanchez explain the insurgency in this audiobook, I was quite impressed with him. One would hope he could use this knowledge in a post-military career.
I recommend this book for those, like myself, that can't get enough on this war. The subject is incredibly complex and interesting. Sanchez went beyond other generals in that he understood probably everything about this war even if he couldn't talk about it while serving the country as a general.
Throughout the book, General Sanchez had nothing but positive things to say about results achieved under his command, but at a certain point, when it was abundantly clear that things had gone badly wrong, he finally laid the blame where it should have been in the first place: The President, Vice President, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of State, as well as Condi Rice.
For those interested in studying this phenomonem, it's worth reading. It is a pity, however, that honorable officers are put in the position he was, where he had a choice of speaking out or resigning.
If all the retired generals who are now criticizing the war had resigned en masse, perhaps we wouldn't be looking for a 100-year occupation, as the good Senator McCain suggests.
Lt. Col. W. T. Hanson
I enjoyed this book immensely.
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