- Gebundene Ausgabe: 640 Seiten
- Verlag: WH Allen (14. Januar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0753555530
- ISBN-13: 978-0753555538
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,1 x 5 x 24 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 206.889 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"Probably one of the best Washington memoirs ever...Historians and policy wonks will bask in the revelations Gates provides on major decisions from late 2006 to 2011, the span of his time at the Pentagon...Gates is doing far more than just scoring points in this revealing volume. The key to reading it is understanding that he was profoundly affected by his role in sending American soldiers overseas to fight and be killed or maimed." --Thomas E. Ricks, "The New York Times Book Review" "Touching, heartfelt...fascinating...Gates takes the reader inside the war-room deliberations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and delivers unsentimental assessments of each man's temperament, intellect and management style...No civilian in Washington was closer to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than Gates. As Washington and the rest of the country were growing bored with the grinding conflicts, he seemed to feel their burden more acutely." --Greg Jaffe, "The Washington Post"" " "Forthright, impassioned...highly revealing about decision making in both the Obama and Bush White Houses...[Gates'] writing is informed not only by a keen sense of historical context, but also by a longtime Washington veteran's understanding of how the levers of government work or fail to work. Unlike many careful Washington memoirists, Gates speaks his mind on a host of issues...[he] gives us his shrewd take on a range of foreign policy matters, an understanding of his mission to reform the incoherent spending and procurement policies of the Pentagon, and a tactile sense of what it was like to be defense secretary during two wars." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "A refreshingly honest memoir and a moving one."--Jack Keane, "The Wall Street Journal""A compelling memoir and a serious history...A fascinating, briskly honest account [of a] journey through the cutthroat corridors of Washington and world politics, with shrewd, sometimes eye-p
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Mr. Gates’ focus on troop welfare seemed to be at odds with numerous bureaucrats. A good example was his insistence on quickly deploying Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. He struggled against a bureaucracy that was more focused on developing new weapons for the next war, rather than saving troops in the current war.
Since the author worked for both Bush and Obama, he is able to provide a unique assessment of each president. Whereas President Bush was focused on winning the wars, President Obama was focused on getting out. One surprising observation was that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a major supporter of the military; something for which she is not normally given credit. Both she and the author were frequently allied against an inexperienced White House security council.
Overall, this is a great book. It is easy to read and paints a deeply personal picture of Mr. Gates. In many ways, it’s an insightful look at how the self-serving interests of Congress can affect how we fight wars. The book is long, at almost 600 pages and contains numerous color photos. Most readers should find this book interesting.
With that said, I think its really clear that Robert Gates appreciates the military and didn’t appreciate the morass that is/was? Veterans Affairs and the individual branches of the military bureaucracy. He also doesn’t mince words when discussing the two presidential administrations and the difficulties of communicating within the executive bureaucracy. While I thought much of this was pretty typical for any modern presidency, your view may be skewed by your political leanings.
My criticism is that while the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are important, far less attention seemed to be given to other areas of conflict. While they are touched upon, it felt like they were dwarfed by the two wars. Absent this small criticism, it is an interesting look inside presidential administrations and decision making of political leaders.
As to the politics noted the book, the more you learn the leaders (listen less to the hacks) the more respect you have for them. I would still not vote for some of them but it reinforces my belief we live in a merit society. Most of elected and appointment officials noted in the book have good intentions, experience, and reasoning. This is not the Game of Thrones. It is just I disagree with their assumptions and tactics; most of the endstates are the same as I want.