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This book was masterfully put together. As a military professional, it has opened my eyes and has a lasting impact in my decision cycle. The legalities of war and the conduct of war told from an outside view that provides an in depth perspective on cause and effect of leader actions.
This book is ground breaking in the world of geopolitics. Kaplan, has extensively researched experts past and present to formulate his conclusion. This book is a must read for anyone studying political science or international relations. Arguably, can also lend to sociologists and human resource practitioners.
Bob Woodward takes the reader into a behind the scenes look at how short sided vision and goals are manipulated by hawkish bureaucratic politics and technocrats of the Washington system. Outlines personal agendas, strengths and weaknesses of the Bush administration.
Insightful and profound
Sec Gates gives us a glimpse into domestic politics while preserving international relationships. Sec Gates masterfully navigates the treacherous political waters on the hill and in the White House to provide for the men and women fighting for the very freedoms they themselves debate over. His articulation throughout the book regarding endgames and processes are eye opening. This book sheds light on the mistakes and miscalculations by policies, politicians, and military leaders. It is human to error; but to learn from our past and mistakes is what makes us leaders. I strongly encourage that this book be a must read in leadership courses, international relations programs and political science.
This book is relevant today as when it was written. It's time for the US to look at ourself and see the image we portray to other world leaders. This book takes a look at US policy against Cuba in all faucets. It is well researched and concussions are sound. A wide breadth approach with focus. The audible reading, however was slow. This may have a methodical purpose, but at time it felt arduous to listen.
I had no idea this kind of program existed. This book has opened my eyes and my mind to all the possibilities that exist to assist in eliminating poverty. No matter what the country, process and innovation are hindered by institutional people! It's a shame that this exist. Love this book