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My Share of the Task: A Memoir (edició 2014)

de Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Autor)

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General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career.
Membre:Amanda_Lewis
Títol:My Share of the Task: A Memoir
Autors:Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Autor)
Informació:Portfolio (2014), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
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Prior to 1990, I was not really familiar with places like Baghdad, Mosul, Fallujah, Ramadi, Kabul, and Kandahar, however, when the Gulf War began these places were in the news almost daily, and I watched the news intently. We have had operations in these areas for a quarter century. I just finished a book that helped provide some important background to these operations. General Stanley McChrystal wrote a book called My Share of the Task: A Memoir*, which gave insight into the operations from his perspective. He was a commander on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan. This book not only provided context to the Gulf War but also discussed in great detail leadership and team building. Read more ( )
  skrabut | Sep 2, 2020 |
Well-written, earnest and intense memoir of General Stan McChrystal's career, with a focus on his time leading the Special Forces in Iraq and US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. By well written, I mean primarily that the account is clear and crisp, and that I felt like I knew a little bit about General McChrystal's character after reading it.

I have to say, I thought that President Obama had no choice but to accept McChrystal's resignation after the _Rolling Stone_ article mess. Now, after reading this, I think that President Obama made a mistake, that McChrystal is no MacArthur (i.e., a prima donna general who needs to be fired to keep the military in line). I think that we would be better off if President Obama had refused to accept McChrystal's resignation and if McChrystal were still serving the country instead of clients of his consulting group... ( )
  Robert_Musil | Dec 15, 2019 |
This is a nuts and bolts description of what a person does in the military from the time one enters West Point until one retires several years later, rising from the lowest of the low as a second lieutenant to the top grade of four star general. Over the years, he acquired much in the way of experience and developed very strong ideas on leadership. His professed thinking was that of a very open and eager-to-learn professional soldier. He speaks of a wife often but she is no more than a bit player in his story. Clearly, his main spouse is the Army. As might be expected, his progression through the ranks meant new and more pressing duties but he never faltered, never had a second thought. And what is the final payoff for a sturdy actor? A Rolling Stones article brings him down. Would he have fared better under a different administration? What if's are not the things of history. I thank him for his service. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Jun 24, 2015 |
This was a slog. I liked it and was glad I read it , but, honestly, I felt it could have been a little bit shorter. I had to read it with the aid of an atlas. It was fascinating, but be prepared for a lot of military jargon. I would warn readers, though, this is really not a memoir. More of a personal/military history of the last 20 years of war in the Middle East, told from an insider's perspective. It was totally worth the read! ( )
  kmoellering | Feb 14, 2013 |
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Modern generals' memoirs are mostly ghostwritten these days and follow a familiar template: open with a battle scene to hook the reader, then flash back to the author's youth, before bringing the story up to the present day, focusing most of the attention on the last and highest-profile assignment. My Share of the Task by Stanley McChrystal follows this general outline, but it is considerably more thoughtful and better crafted than most. . . . Despite its lack of startling revelations, his memoir is a compelling account of his impressive career, whose most important legacy--the JSOC [Joint Special Operations Command]--remains on the front lines to this day.
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