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Posted March 14, 2005
Though written from the 'outside', this book does an excellent job at displaying the nuances of modern military leadership. Quite prophetic in describing the rise (and fall) of senior military leaders, Thomas E. Ricks does a great job of describing the role of duty in the life of an officer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2001
This is one of the best books about the military I have ever read. Once you start reading, you will not want to stop. Even though I did not like all the stereotypes in the book, based on my ten years in the military, I have to admit that the author very accurately portrays the military, its members, and their attitudes. The book, set in 2004, tells the story of how several military members deal with controversial policies and missions dictated to them by the White House. As you read the book, the characters¿ ethical conflicts of duty versus loyalty, duty versus honesty, and duty versus honor raise the stakes to the point of life and death. Life and death for the characters as well as life and death of good order and discipline of the armed forces. There is nothing in this book that is unbelievable. To the contrary, many of the conflicts and debates contained within this book have already taken place. That fact makes the conflicts in the book that have not taken place yet, all the more believable. This is a must read for members of the military!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2001
Outstanding work that deals with the conflict officers regarding duty and doing what's moraly right. For a while, you don't know what side to take...until later in the book where a plot turn gives the reader a clear choice. I found that to be unfortunate, and I wish Ricks would have had Ames take another action. Could be a good study on a soldier's obligations to obey orders vs. doing what you believe is moraly correct.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.