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Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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“General Shelton is a man from another time, when honor and one's word were more important than personal gain and the fiscal bottom line. I hope there are more like him out there. We need them now, more than ever.” ―Tom Clancy
“Unfailingly honest and unflinching in judgment. Without Hesitation tells the story of a man who earned every break he got, kept his integrity intact, and never let the pressures of the job outweigh the strength of his convictions.” ―President William Jefferson Clinton
“A great American story of humble beginnings, fierce determination, patriotism, and honor. He's been a warrior's warrior, a general's general--and always a truth teller. Without Hesitation is a book for our times.” ―Tom Brokaw--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
RON LEVINSON is a veteran film and televisionproducer, director, writer, and studio executive. A past board member of the U.S. Air Force Public Advisory Counsel (where he counseled theOffice of the Secretary of the Air Force on motion picture andtelevision production), he currently lives in Los Angeles.
Top Customer Reviews
Coming in at just over 500 pages, Shelton covers a lot of ground in this account of his 38 year career in the Army. He covers his childhood in North Carolina, Vietnam, other wars, small posts, exotic ones, and insight about the difficulties in moving a family around twenty-three times. This is a much-examined life, and throughout he gives thanks to the support of his wife Carolyn, and their family. He does much to tell everyone about the sacrifices military families make, starting with his own, with much candor.
This is good reading for anyone who has ever wondered, "How does someone become the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?" or "What does a military career look like? What does it entail?" It's a valid question, since these men and women lead legions of warriors and also show up one day on our television screens. Younger readers will find the passages on Vietnam worth reading.Read more ›
General Shelton may not be a great theoretician--nor does he claim to be--but he is a world-class observer of the first order.
His run-ins with Senator McCain weren't fun, but Shelton's recollections of professional encounters are entertaining and also insightful. (They're too hilarious to repeat here).
If chapters 1-13 are foreplay, they explains how general are born and bred. General Shelton is one of the top.
My only complaint is the length of the book, although the core is critical to understanding why the invasion of Iraq was pre-ordained to (you pick the word).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Illustrates the quality of our military leaders. Also enjoyed reading the details of the Iraq War debacle.Published 2 months ago by R. Bradley
required course book. great inside look from the Generals perspectivePublished 4 months ago by Brian Field
All who have served on the military will enjoy. All US citizens should read.Published 5 months ago by Thomas L. McCullough
General Shelton does a great job painting a portrait of what it's like to be in the Chairman's shoes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LoveMachine
Very well written and engaging book. I served under General Shelton while in the 82nd Airborne and was curious to hear his story. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lance A
An incredible read from the perspective of a true American hero.Published 10 months ago by George Parrott