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The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    A fresh perspective from the middle

    The conflict in Iraqi has captivated the public for several years. There have been many accounts of the events for better or worse from the boots on the ground perspective to the policy/decision makers in Washington. This account stands in the middle with those that were & are charged with taking policy from Washington, applying Army doctrine & know how and providing assignments for the boots on the ground to accomplish. The book is part biography, part current events which gives it a duel quality of reading. The biographical portion doesn't go very deep but provides enough detail to make it worth reading and adds to the progression of the book. The majority of the book focuses on the Iraqi Conflict and the obstacles Chiarelli, Casey, Abizaid & Petraeus faced while trying to get results from vaguely defined criteria. It discusses the creative solutions that they came up to address increasingly complex problems within the confines of the narrowly focused Army Doctrine. The book presents plenty of information to allow one to develop their own opinion of the conflict but also makes a case for the reason(s) the conflict is in its current state. Like other books it provides a bibliography but the authors go further & talk specifically about the books, articles, professional journals and educational influences that each general experienced, allowing the reader to explore more than just a standard bibliography. A few of the books mention have made it to my reading list. In an effort to gain understanding of the Iraqi Conflict this book is highly recommended. It provides a unique point of view that is not the boots on the ground, nor the policy makers in Washington but in the often overlooked middle ground.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2010

    Excellent. A great read.

    They were soldiers first !!!!!!
    These guys had to and have to put up with a lot of crap from the Civilan bureaucrats (pseudo-experts) and the "Don't let the facts get in the way of the good article" media.

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