The Education of General David Petraeus
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Featuring: David Petraeus
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General David Petraeus is the most transformative leader the
American military has seen since the generation of
Marshall. In All In, military expert Paula Broadwell
examines Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as
a military officer, and his impact on the U.S.
Afforded extensive access by General
Petraeus, his mentors, his subordinates, and his longtime
friends, Broadwell embedded with the general, his
headquarters staff, and his soldiers on the front lines of
fighting and at the strategic command in Afghanistan to
chronicle the experiences of this American general as they
were brought to bear in the terrible crucible of war. All
In draws on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with
Petraeus and his top officers and soldiers to tell the
inside story of this commander's development and leadership
in war from every vantage point.
assumed command in Afghanistan in July 2010, the conflict
looked as bleak as at any moment in America's nine years on
the ground there. Petraeus's defining
idea-counterinsurgency-was immediate put to its most
difficult test: the hard lessons learned during the surge in
Iraq were to be applied in a radically different theater.
All In examines the impact in Afghanistan of new
counterinsurgency as well as counterterrorism strategies
through the commands of several Petraeus
To inform this unprecedented reporting of
Petraeus's command in Afghanistan, Broadwell examines his
evolution as a solider from his education at West Point in
the wake of Vietnam to his earlier service in Central
America, Haiti, Kuwait, Bosnia, and Iraq. All In also
documents the general's role in the war in Washington,
going behind the scenes of negotiations during policy
reviews of the war in Afghanistan in Congress, the
Pentagon, and the White House.
appraises Petraeus's impact on the entire U.S. military:
Thanks to this man's influence, the military is better
prepared to fight using a comprehensive blend of
civil-military activities. As America surveys a decade of
untraditional warfare, this much is clear: The career of
General David Petraeus profoundly shaped our military and
left an indelible mark on its rising leaders.
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