General Franks retraces his journey from a small-town boyhood through a lifetime of military service, including his heroic tour as an Artillery officer in Vietnam, where he was wounded three times.
Drawing on military records declassified for this book, Franks offers the first true insider's account of the war on terrorism. He puts you in the Operations Center for the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom just weeks after 9/11, capturing its uncertain early days and the historic victory that followed.
When President Bush focused world attention on the threat of Iraq, Franks seized the moment to implement a bold new vision of joint warfare in planning Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rejecting Desert Storm-style massive troop deployment in favor of flexibility and speed, Franks was questioned by the defense establishment, including Secretary of State Colin Powell. Yet his vision was proven on the ground: Within three weeks, Baghdad had fallen.
Franks describes the covert diplomacy that helped secure international cooperation for the war, and speaks frankly of intelligence shortcomings that endangered our troops, and of the credible WMD threats that influenced every planning decision. He offers an unvarnished portrait of the "disruptive and divisive" Washington bureaucracy, and a candid assessment of the war's aftermath. Yet in the end, as American Soldier demonstrates, the battles in Afghanistan and Iraq remain heroic victories, wars of liberation won by troops whose valor was "unequalled by anything in the annals of war".
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By Ron Toupal on 25-08-2004
An American's American
I found the book to be inspiring, demonstrating the true virtues of an american boy, properly raised by loving parents who then goes on to a career of service to his country. The big difference between this boy and others like him during the time is that he ends up becoming a general, responsible for thousands of people during a time of war. I think this is a good read for anyone who somehow believes that america's stability and might comes from anything other than family.
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By Brian on 12-08-2004
even more proud of our military
After listening to this book I'm even more in awe of the abilities and character of the men and women in our military. It's unfortunate that so many in the media are drawn to the negative like vultures to decaying flesh.
I'm appreciative of the insight the General provides as to what went on behind the scenes in discussions before the war. I am so sick of all the conspiracy theorists on both sides continuing to hang onto their theories despite any supporting evidence and many times evidence to the contrary. I'm doubly sick of those who fuel the conspiracy fires with outright lies, exaggerations, and misrepresentations.
Therefore I thank the General for his frankness and keen insight/wisdom.
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