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From Barnes & NobleA Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2014
After a decades-long political career working for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, Robert Gates thought he’d left the beltway behind. Then, in 2006, he received a call from the White House asking him to accept a nomination as Secretary of State. The job presented impossible challenges: two unpopular wars, conflicts abroad, and unrest at home. But Gates accepted, feeling it was his duty to serve his nation. This clear-eyed reflection on his time in the office offers invaluable perspective on the inner workings of a government in crisis. See all of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2014.