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When he retired as Secretary of Defense in 2011, Robert M. Gates had already served in that critical position and as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency during the administrations of two presidents and as a member of the National Security Council for four commanders-in-chief. During his 25-year government service, he was always at or near the forefront of foreign policy wars, international conflicts, and squabbles with Congress, the Pentagon, and the White House. In this detailed, exceptionally candid autobiography, he describes his participation in decades of Washington decision-making. A bestseller in hardcover; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.