My Share of the Task

My Share of the Task

A Memoir

Book - 2013
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General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career.
Publisher: New York : Portfolio, 2013
ISBN: 9781591844754
1591844754
Characteristics: xi, 452 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm

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SEBoiko
May 10, 2013

The investigation could not substantiate any violations of Defense Department Standards and found that "not all of the events occurred as portrayed in the article."

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SEBoiko
May 10, 2013

For a number of minutes I felt as though I'd likely awaken from what seemed, like a surreal dream, but the situation was real.

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May 10, 2013

% Regional wars -- not one fight.

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May 10, 2013

The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.

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May 10, 2013

hard recognized hard.

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rpavlacic
May 15, 2017

This may be the best military autobiography since "It Doesn't Take a Hero" by Norman Schwarzkopf (a book I also highly recommend). The author takes a panorama of his military career, from his troubled and nearly disastrous time at West Point to his leadership roles, primarily in the 82nd Airborne and the Rangers. The book also goes into the source of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, some grievances of which go back centuries; very useful in understanding why the wars in both became quagmires. One quibble I have is with how the writer formatted one very important event - the creation of Iraq out of the 1919 Versailles Conference, against the objections of three key groups in the area. He chose to write it as a five paragraph endnote, rather than include it in the main text - I think having done so would have made the conflict there much more understandable to those who simply skip the notes when finishing the book. Other than that, a truly amazing book by a fine man who deserves the accolades he received at the end of his career.

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bookerfree
Jan 31, 2017

Good, well written account of McChrysal's life and primarily his own own experience as a soldier and Commander of 75th Rangers and later JSOC in Iraq/Afganistan. A lot of attention is given to commanding special forces in Iraq, and developing a viable intelligence/strike tactical response to the terrorist stranglehold by Zarqawi, et al. A farsighted leader, he was highly regarded by most - the troops he commanded as well as others he worked with, both military and civilian. Cross-referencing other accounts (Task Force Black, (Mark Owen) Relentless Strike, (Sean Naylor) The Field of Fight (Michael Flynn) The Terror Years (Lawrence Wright), backs this positive appraisal. McChrystal presents an honest in-person account of successes and failures during trying times, and anyone interested in details of what actually transpired at this level in Iraq from 2003 to 2009 should read this book.

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