The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO

The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO

by ADM James G. Stavridis USN (Ret.)

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ISBN-13: 9781612517049
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 666,386
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) is a 1976 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who spent over 35 years on active service in the Navy. He commanded destroyers and a carrier strike group in combat and served for seven years as a four-star admiral, including nearly four years as the first Navy officer chosen as Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO. After retiring from the Navy he was named the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2013. In addition, he currently serves as the U.S. Naval Institute's Chair of the Board of Directors. He has written articles on global security issues for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Atlantic Magazine, Naval War College Review, and Proceedings and is the author or co-author of several books, including Command at Sea 6th Ed. and Destroyer Captain.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 You Want to Send Me Where? 1

Chapter 2 Two Jobs, Two Cowries, One House 16

Chapter 3 Afghanistan: Whistling Past the Graveyard of Empires 31

Chapter 4 Libya: Qaddafi's Last Stand 50

Chapter 5 Syria: Through a Glass Darkly 66

Chapter 6 The Balkans: Where Old Ghosts Die Hard 77

Chapter 7 Israel: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times 86

Chapter 8 Russia: Why Can't We Just Get Along? 97

Chapter 9 Leadership Challenges and Pitfalls: McChrystal, Petraeus, Allen,… and Me 108

Chapter 10 Tricks of the Trade: How Leaders Make Things Happen 126

Chapter 11 The Postman Never Rings Twice: Strategic Communication 139

Chapter 12 Requiem for Strategic Planning? 149

Chapter 13 Innovation: The Father of All Necessity 156

Chapter 14 Nato: Quo Vadis? 167

Chapter 15 What Keeps Me Awake at Night: Convergence 175

Chapter 16 Going Ashore 181

Appendix A Gen, John Kelly's E-mail on the Death of His Son, Robert 185

Appendix B The North Atlantic Treaty 187

Appendix C The NATO Lisbon Summit Declaration 191

Appendix D Reading List 211

Index 233

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The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DVisage More than 1 year ago
A terrific book which does two things exceedingly well.  It serves as a memoir recounting the authors experiences while leading NATO's forces engaged in crises like Afghanistan, Libya, Syria etc -- and in facing challenges like Russia.  But then it also offers unique insights into leadership, communication and the like from someone who clearly has mastered those tasks.  Highly recommended