The celebrated soldier, scholar, and statesman recounts his active participation in more than 60 years of international history - from the onset of World War II through the fall of the Berlin Wall and the post-Cold War era. He recounts fascinating behind-the-scenes anecdotes about his interactions with world leaders, describing encounters such as his experience of watching President José Napoleón Duarte argue eloquently against US intervention in El Salvador, and a private conversation with Pope John Paul II. Galvin recalls his complex negotiations with a number of often difficult foreign heads of state, including Manuel Noriega, Augusto Pinochet, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Ratko Mladić.
As NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during the tumultuous five years that ended the Cold War, Galvin played a key role in shaping a new era. Fighting the Cold War illuminates his leadership and service as one of America's premier soldier-statesmen, revealing him to be not only a brilliant strategist and consummate diplomat but also a gifted historian and writer who taught and mentored generations of students.
"Gen. Jack Galvin was the kind of warrior intellectual the US Army produces at its very best. This wonderful memoir distills what Galvin learned in his 44 years of service. Those who love the US Army will want to add this volume to their shelves." (David Ignatius, The Washington Post columnist)
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An understated title for a great memoir
Entertaining and Detailed
Yes, I am amazed at the detailed notes, journal entries and letters that the Author kept and was able to bring to life in a story with all the emotion felt.
Good Paced reading, very clear
I did indulge an hour or two at a time but it is far too long and detailed to just gorge.
The detail is outstanding and the book is very entertaining, especially if you like military history. If you are not a big fan of the genre, the amount of detail could expand the length of this work a bit further than some would be willing to invest in time. I think the Author and Narrator both did a wonderful job and paint a nice picture in my mind. I received this audiobook for free in exchange for my unbiased review through Audiobook blast. I think it was a great book.
- Sasquatch Survivor "Mcjiver"