All In by Paula Broadwell
The Education of General David Petraeus

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7 Critic Reviews

The narrative is difficult to track because of shifting time elements and sporadic sections of battleground details, but Broadwell provides a first-rate education about the modern American military for outsiders.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

General David Petraeus is the most transformative leader the American military has seen since the generation of Marshall. In the New York Times bestseller All In, military expert Paula Broadwell examines Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U.S. military.



Afforded extensive access by General Petraeus, his mentors, his subordinates, and his longtime friends, Broadwell reported 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.



When Petraeus 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 protégés.



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.



Broadwell ultimately 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.



 

About Paula Broadwell

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PAULA BROADWELL has more than a decade of military service and nearly two decades of work in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency. She is a PhD candidate at the University of London. Broadwell received an MPA degree from Harvard. She graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy. She lives with her husband and their two children in North Carolina. VERNON LOEB is the Metro editor at The Washington Post. In 2003, he embedded with the 101st Airborne Division under Petraeus's command.
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Penguin Books. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for All In
All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 01 2012

The narrative is difficult to track because of shifting time elements and sporadic sections of battleground details, but Broadwell provides a first-rate education about the modern American military for outsiders.

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Wall Street Journal

Above average
Reviewed by Max Boot on Jan 21 2012

Gen. Petraeus probably would not like to see such details in print...

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The Daily Beast

Excellent
Reviewed by John Barry on Feb 01 2012

For hard-core students of counterinsurgency, Broadwell’s study is essential—if depressing—reading.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Thomas Barfield on Jan 27 2012

While her book is long on detail, it is short on unexpected insights or unvarnished opinions.

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Chron.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Mike Glenn on Jan 22 2012

...offers a fascinating account of the final assignment of his almost 40 year military career: head of all the NATO forces in Afghanistan.

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Foreign Affairs

Excellent
Reviewed by Mackubin Thomas Owens

Broadwell's excellent biography portrays him as a modern exemplar of the soldier-scholar-statesman and one who has exerted a profound influence on the American military establishment.

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Memphis Flyer

Excellent
Reviewed by JOHN BRANSTON on Nov 15 2012

The book does not purport to be a biography but rather an examination of the field education of the commander responsible for "the surge" of 33,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2010 and the strategy of counterinsurgency.

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