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The reader should note that this is not a typical review of the memoirs of the twenty-second United States (US) Secretary of Defence and that this review is. War', the idea that within the space of three contiguous city blocks troops might face the demand for high-intensity combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. After years working for both the CIA and the National Security Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by [Gates, Robert M].

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LLC. Library of Congress Cataloging- in-Publication Data. Gates, Robert Michael, . [date]. Duty: memoirs of a. Secretary at war / by Robert M. Gates. pages cm. director of the Center for Complex Operations,. Institute for National Strategic Studies, at the. National Defense University. Duty: Memoirs of a. Secretary at War . Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. By Robert Alfred, pp. Meena Bose. Hofstra University. Search for more papers.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Paperback Verified download. As someone who has been associated with the US government as active duty, a DoD civilian, and as a contractor for 26 years now, I found this book to be incredibly insightful.

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I might well read it again. It usually takes me months to read a book this size; I finished this one in just over a week. One aspect that I enjoyed is that while Gates made numerous references to his past, he did not go on and on and on about it. When I read a book like this I do not care about how the author's grandparent's made their way to America.

I do not care about where or under what conditions the author grew up. For a book like this I want to be hit in the face immediately with the here-and-now, and that's what Gates did. I think of the entire pages he spent just over TWO pages on this childhood. Some readers like that, and that's fine.

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For me, I don't care. This book is perfect in that regard. The amount of detail is amazing. Gates take you into the Situation Room with him, into the Oval Office, into the countless meetings and gives what I believe to be a balanced assessment of every personality that was in-play during his tenure from field commanders to POTUS.

Just as important, his love for the troops and their well-being is beyond question. Well done, Bob! Kindle Edition Verified download.

Duty : memoirs of a Secretary at war

Bob Gates provides an excellent look at the politics and personal stresses of being Secretary of Defense. Fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were certainly a priority. 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. The book is long, at almost pages and contains numerous color photos. Most readers should find this book interesting. One person found this helpful.