All in

All in

The Education of General David Petraeus

Book - 2012
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Penguin Putnam
General David Petraeus is the most transformative leader the American military has seen since the generation of Marshall. In the New York Times bestseller All In, military expert Paula Broadwell examines Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U.S. military.

Afforded extensive access by General Petraeus, his mentors, his subordinates, and his longtime friends, Broadwell reported on the front lines of fighting and at the strategic command in Afghanistan to chronicle the experiences of this American general as they were brought to bear in the terrible crucible of war. All In draws on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with Petraeus and his top officers and soldiers to tell the inside story of this commander's development and leadership in war.

When Petraeus assumed command in Afghanistan in July 2010, the conflict looked as bleak as at any moment in America's nine years on the ground there. Petraeus's defining idea—counterinsurgency—was immediate put to its most difficult test: the hard lessons learned during the surge in Iraq were to be applied in a radically different theater. All In examines the impact in Afghanistan of new counterinsurgency as well as counterterrorism strategies through the commands of several Petraeus protégés.

Broadwell examines his evolution as a solider from his education at West Point in the wake of Vietnam to his earlier service in Central America, Haiti, Kuwait, Bosnia, and Iraq. All In also documents the general's role in the war in Washington, going behind the scenes of negotiations during policy reviews of the war in Afghanistan in Congress, the Pentagon, and the White House.

Broadwell ultimately appraises Petraeus's impact on the entire U.S. military: Thanks to this man's influence, the military is better prepared to fight using a comprehensive blend of civil-military activities. As America surveys a decade of untraditional warfare, this much is clear: The career of General David Petraeus profoundly shaped our military and left an indelible mark on its rising leaders.

Baker & Taylor
Traces the career and achievements of the forefront military leader from his prestigious early years through his command in Afghanistan and ascent to the CIA, drawing on extensive interviews with Petraeus, his top officers and his subordinates to explore his contributions to the war and counter-terrorism efforts. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.)

& Taylor

Traces the career and achievements of the military leader from his prestigious early years through his command in Afghanistan and nomination as director of the CIA, exploring his contributions to the war and counterterrorism efforts.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9781594203183
Characteristics: 394 p. 24cm.
Additional Contributors: Loeb, Vernon


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Jan 23, 2013

The Afghan government was incrediably corrupt. Moreover, many Afghan military units couldn't or wouldn't fight.

Jan 23, 2013

And what is asked for the service we give? No high praise or riches if we should live. Just silence from friends, our name on a wall. If this time around, it is I that fall.

Jan 23, 2013

Casualties are inevitable, but the cost is expensive.

Jan 23, 2013

America's involvement in Afghanistan since the fall of 2001 had been a colossal missed opportunity.


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LRS1969 Mar 04, 2015

THE biography by the mistress and co-conspirator and actor in treason that led to Petraeus's public (though not priv) downfall! (Where are her criminal charges???).

Yet Petraeus, while personally intelligent, in fact was not militarily brilliant nor particularly savvy... though he indeed was one of the Perfumed Princes who believes absolutely in the Three Ps: Power, Perks, and Privileges!

EVERYTHING that Petraeus did in his military and post military life has had one and only one agenda - to do what is right for Petraeus and his personal benefit. Entitlement is an expectation of his (which he got even in "the end"... a deal that converts multiple severe felonies demanding decades of imprisonment down to one misdemeanor that carries no jail time and allows him to maintain his oligarchic and highly wealthy post treasonous career!).

So much for his oft repeated claims of innocence. And this is the deal if the century. He should have been prosecuted for every count and once convicted, sentenced to life without parole in Leavenworth!

"Petraeus Takes Plea Deal"


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