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Posted February 20, 2007
Should Have Stopped Sooner
Having first read another of Mr. Peters' books, 'Never Quit The Fight', I was prepared to be intellectually moved once again by some great writing. For the most part, I was not disappointed as most of this book kept my interest level at a very high mark. However, after reading, and accepting, most of the ideas laid out in the various chapters, I reached the last chapter and was disappointed to read the same tired mantra regarding America's relationship with Mexico, in particular, those 'poor' Mexican citizens who '...risk their lives...' to enter this country ILLEGALLY! So, to anyone interested in reading this book, I would recommend stopping before you get to the last chapter. The author would have had me giving him an attaboy for this book, that is until I reached the final chapter. Unfortunately, we all know how lasting final impressions are which is a shame considering how interesting the rest of the book had been.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 24, 2005
Ralph Peters has once again written an excellent book that provides provocative food for thought. You can never accuse the author of writing in an uninteresting or dreary style. Peters takes the reader on a world tour, advises what is wrong in each region and recommends what American policy should be. He also examines various military and foreign policy issues and provides intelligent commentary. Along the way he rightfully slams Rumsfield & Company, the defense industry, the French, the Germans, the media, leftists, civilian think tanks and everyone else who deserves to be slammed. The only point in the book I disagree with is that only those in uniform can understand war. It is apparent to me that there are some military officers that just don¿t ¿get it¿. I have more confidence in the understanding of war by a civilian such as Bill Lind than I do of an Air Force officer involved in promoting irrelevant and wasteful programs such as the F-22. The only major thing wrong with this book is that the information and ideas contained in it have been furnished by a retired lt. colonel instead of a senior member of the Bush Administration. If only one containing such wisdom was in a position of power!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.