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The Resource Duty : memoirs of a Secretary at war, Robert M. Gates

Duty : memoirs of a Secretary at war, Robert M. Gates

Label
Duty : memoirs of a Secretary at war
Title
Duty
Title remainder
memoirs of a Secretary at war
Statement of responsibility
Robert M. Gates
Title variation
Memoirs of a Secretary at war
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the former secretary of defense, a candid account of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House in 2006, he thought he'd left Washington politics behind: after working for six presidents in both e CIA and the National Security Council, he was happy in his role as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty. Now, in this unsparing memoir, meticulously fair in its assessments, he takes us behind the scenes of his nearly five years as a secretary at war: the battles with Congress, the two presidents he served, the military itself, and the vast Pentagon bureaucracy;l his efforts to help Bush turn the tide in Iraq; his role as a guiding, and often dissenting, voice for Obama; the ardent devotion to and love fro American soldiers--his "heroes"--he developed on the job. In relating his personal journey as secretary, Gates draws us into the innermost sanctums of government and military power during the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, illuminating iconic figures, vital negotiations, and critical situations in revealing, intimate detail. Offering unvarnished appraisals of Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Presidents Bush and Obama, among other key players, Gates exposes the full spectrum of behind-closed-doors politicking within both the Bush and Obama administrations. He discusses the great controversies of his tenure--surges in both Iraq and Afghanistan, how to deal with Iran and Syria, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Guantanamo Bay, WikiLeaks--as they played out behind the television cameras. He brings to life the Situation Room during the Bin Laden raid. And, searingly, he shows how congressional debate and action or inaction on everything from equipment budgeting to troop withdrawals was often motivated, to his increasing despair and anger, more by party politics and media impact than by members' desires to protect our soldiers and ensure their success. However embroiled he became in the trials of Washington, Gates makes clear that his heart was always in the most important theater of his tenure as secretary: the front lines. We journey with him to both war zones as he meets with active-duty troops and their commanders, awed by their courage, and also witness him greet coffin after flag-draped coffin returned to U.S. soil, heartbreakingly aware that he signed every deployment order. In frank and poignant vignettes, Gates conveys the human cost of war, and his admiration for those brave enough to undertake when necessary
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gates, Robert Michael
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E897.4.G37
LC item number
A3 2014
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gates, Robert Michael
  • United States
  • Cabinet officers
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Afghan War, 2001-
  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
  • United States
  • Civil-military relations
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Duty : memoirs of a Secretary at war, Robert M. Gates
Link
http://bvbr.bib-bvb.de:8991/F?func=service&doc_library=BVB01&local_base=BVB01&doc_number=027152000&line_number=0001&func_code=DB_RECORDS&service_type=MEDIA
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Summoned to duty -- Iraq, Iraq and Iraq -- Mending fences, finding allies -- Waging war on the Pentagon -- Beyond Iraq: a complicated world -- Good war, bad war -- One damn thing after another -- Transition -- New term, new agenda, old secretary -- Afghanistan: a house divided -- Difficult foes, difficult friends -- Meanwhile, back in Washington -- War, war...and revolution -- At war to the last day -- Reflections
Control code
ocn857234147
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 618 pages
Isbn
9780307959478
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013026348
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Inscribed on flyleaf.
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)857234147
Label
Duty : memoirs of a Secretary at war, Robert M. Gates
Link
http://bvbr.bib-bvb.de:8991/F?func=service&doc_library=BVB01&local_base=BVB01&doc_number=027152000&line_number=0001&func_code=DB_RECORDS&service_type=MEDIA
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Summoned to duty -- Iraq, Iraq and Iraq -- Mending fences, finding allies -- Waging war on the Pentagon -- Beyond Iraq: a complicated world -- Good war, bad war -- One damn thing after another -- Transition -- New term, new agenda, old secretary -- Afghanistan: a house divided -- Difficult foes, difficult friends -- Meanwhile, back in Washington -- War, war...and revolution -- At war to the last day -- Reflections
Control code
ocn857234147
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 618 pages
Isbn
9780307959478
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013026348
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Inscribed on flyleaf.
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)857234147

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