In his first three Commanders books, Tom Clancy teamed with Generals Fred Franks, Jr., Chuck Horner, and Carl Stiner to provide masterful blends of history, biography, you-are-there narrative, insight into the practice of leadership, and plain, old-fashioned storytelling. Battle Ready is all of that-and it is also something more.
Marine General Tony Zinni was known as the "Warrior Diplomat" during his nearly forty years of service. As a soldier, his credentials were impeccable, whether leading troops in Vietnam, commanding hair-raising rescue operations in Somalia, or-as Commander in Chief of CENTCOM-directing strikes against Iraq and Al Qaeda. But it was as a peacemaker that he made just as great a mark-conducting dangerous troubleshooting missions all over Africa, Asia, and Europe; and then serving as Secretary of State Colin Powell's special envoy to the Middle East, before disagreements over the 2003 Iraq War and its probable aftermath caused him to resign.
Battle Ready follows the evolution of both General Zinni and the Marine Corps, from the cauldron of Vietnam through the operational revolution of the seventies and eighties, to the new realities of the post-Cold War, post-9/11 military-a military with a radically different job and radically different tools for accomplishing it. It is an eye-opening book-a front-row seat to a man, an institution, and a way of both war and peace that together make this an instant classic of military history.
Another Excellent Clancy novel!
G.P. Putnam's Sons
G.P. Putnam's Sons
G.P. Putnam's Sons
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For the serious, this book absolutely merits a careful reading, together with Dana Priest's "The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military," and--for a fuller and free overview--my varioius reviews on emerging threats, strategy and force structure, and why our current "military only" approach to foreign policy is ineffective. There are some tremendous gems in this book, some of which I summarize here. 1) Zinni is mpressive in his grasp of grand strategy, of the urgency of understanding the threat, devising a full approach that mixes and matches *all* instruments of national strategy, and that focuses--as Zinni learned to focus in Viet-Nam, on the hearts and minds of the people rather than the force on force battles (a means to an end, not an end in themselves). 2) Zinni's understanding of war comes across very early in the book when he describes the six completely different wars that took place in South Viet-Nam, each with its...
This book is a fascinating look at the life of a great General. However it is General Zinni's criticism of Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld that has people lining up to praise or attack this book on purely ideological grounds. I've got to tell you, that is foolish no matter what "party" you subscribe to. Look Tom Clancy is a die-hard Republican and a friend to Ronald Reagan. Zinni is a retired Marine general and former CentCom commander (which covers Iraq along with the rest of the middle-east). Zinni was highly regarded in the Bush administration who appointed him to several key jobs, including a role as special envoy to the President to the middle-east. If President Bush trusted Zinni enough to have him speak on his behalf to the leaders of key middle-eastern countries, he's clearly somebody Bush respected. If these two guys are so moved by what Rumsfeld has done that they will criticize him publicly - maybe we should listen. If we disagree, we had better understand...
General Zinni is simply stating publicly what our present military leaders have been fuming about in private for months. They are furious that the iraq occupation has turned into a fiasco, and that detailed and common sense proposals for post-war iraq were pointedly ignored by Rumsfeld et al., even though they were coming from the top brass in the military and the state department. Also, to say that Zinni is simply just another left-wing propogandist is laughable. He supported and voted for George Bush in 2000, and like a growing number of republicans, he now regrets that support. That a former CENTCOM commander should be making these criticisms of our current commander-in-chief should give every conservative in this country pause for thought.
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