In his first three Commanders books, Tom Clancy teamed
with Generals Fred Franks, Jr., Chuck Horner, and Carl Stiner to
provide masterful blends of history, biography, you-are-there
narrative, insight into the practice of leadership, and plain,
old-fashioned storytelling. Battle Ready is all of that-and it
is also something more.
Marine General Tony Zinni was known as the "Warrior Diplomat"
during his nearly forty years of service. As a soldier, his credentials
were impeccable, whether leading troops in Vietnam, commanding
hair-raising rescue operations in Somalia, or-as Commander in Chief of
CENTCOM-directing strikes against Iraq and Al Qaeda. But it was as a
peacemaker that he made just as great a mark-conducting dangerous
troubleshooting missions all over Africa, Asia, and Europe; and then
serving as Secretary of State Colin Powell's special envoy to the
Middle East, before disagreements over the 2003 Iraq War and its
probable aftermath caused him to resign.
Battle Ready follows the evolution of both General Zinni
and the Marine Corps, from the cauldron of Vietnam through the
operational revolution of the seventies and eighties, to the new
realities of the post-Cold War, post-9/11 military-a military with a
radically different job and radically different tools for accomplishing
it. It is an eye-opening book-a front-row seat to a man, an
institution, and a way of both war and peace that together make this an
instant classic of military history.
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