Duty is an excellent memoir of a freespeaking and selfcritical former. The book is dotted with insider stuff reminiscent of the best of bob woodwards work. Memoirs of a secretary at war is a nonfiction book written by robert m. The time period is from 2006 to 2011, and includes the george w. Gates office said he still plans to promote the book in a series of appearances. Secretary of defense from december 2006 to july 2011. The former secdef was known for quiet loyalty until a tellall unloaded on his old bosses.
Robert gatess memoir duty leaves little room for misunderstanding how he saw people or events during his time as. I was tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot. Explore audibles collection of free sleep and relaxation audio experiences. Bob gates has, i think, served me extraordinarily well.
Did bob gates new book just trash his golden reputation. Gates plans book tour while in neck brace usa today. Gates gives us a forthright, impassioned, sometimes conflicted account of his four and a half years as defense secretary in his fascinating new memoir duty, a book that is highly. Gates believed that he had left washington politics behind for goodbut when he received the call from the white house in 2006 to help a nation mired in two wars, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.
I thought i could get a free trip to washington, he wrote. Bob gates has been an auto racing journalist for 30 years, and is the author of several books, including ones on jim hurtubise, bill vukovich and troy ruttman. Memoirs of a secretary at war is a valuable work by a unique public figure. After serving six presidents in both the cia and the national security council, robert m. However, there is more to this book than catty, if entertaining, swipes at. Gates spent eight years as a junior analyst and an air force intelligence officer. Juiciest bits from secretary of defense bob gates duty. Gates believed that he had left washington politics behind for. Former secretary of defense robert gates sits down with rita braver in his first television interview since the publication of his new book. Bush administration 20062009, the obama administration 20092011, the afghan war, and the iraq war. As i look back, there is a parallel theme to my years at war. Memoirs of a secretary at war, which has received both praise.
Retired robert gates enjoys skagit county home the. Gates provides revelations about major decisions made from late 2006 to 2011. Memoirs of a secretary at war, is the most peculiar book of its kind that ive read in a long time, maybe ever. From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vividly written ac. By that i mean the love there is no other word for it i came to feel for the troops, a. Go back to whether the book should go out, free press rights. All episodes back the management style of robert gates. Republican robert m gatess account of his years in the bush and obama. He treated the office of the presidency with respect.
The former secretary of defense talks with hbr editorinchief adi ignatius about his new book, duty. Tuesday, march 28, 2017 at roseneath bossier chapel. Lawmakers question timing of robert gates memoir cbs news. Our journalism is free and open for all, but its made possible thanks to the. Memoirs of a secretary of war, by former defense secretary robert gates is seen in washington, wednesday, jan. Discover book depositorys huge selection of bob gates books online. It helps that duty is bracing and vivid and made headlines for its trashing of congress and its tart depictions of major players. Much of the publicity around duty has focused on gatess critical comments about the incumbent administration, and it is indeed unusual for a cabinet member of his. Exdefense secretary robert gates new memoir has eyeopening revelations in addition to the afghanistan debate. Gates has much to teach about the practical idealism that represents the best.825 786 159 369 19 1443 1333 736 484 219 41 736 415 66 266 879 926 1197 1377 931 1306 593 590 977 398 396 739 741 646 370 493 1109 1082 813 256 1195 155 619