Battle Ready by Tom Clancy
(Study in Command)

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Marine general Tony Zinni was known as the "Warrior Diplomat" during his nearly forty years of service. His credentials as a soldier were impeccable, whether he was leading troops in Vietnam, commanding hair-raising rescue operations in Somalia, or - as Commander in Chief of CENTCOM - directing strikes against Iraq and Al Qaeda. But it was as a peacemaker that he made just as great a mark - conducting dangerous troubleshooting missions all over Africa, Asia, and Europe, and then serving as Secretary of State Colin Powell's special envoy to the Middle East, before disagreements over the 2003 Iraq war and its probable aftermath caused him to resign." Battle Ready follows the evolution of both General Zinni and the Marine Corps, from the cauldron of Vietnam through the operational revolution of the '70s and '80s, to the new realities of the post-Cold War, post-9/11 military - a military with a radically different tools for accomplishing it. Opinions differ sharply about just what that job and those tools should be - and General Zinni makes it clear where he stands.


About Tom Clancy

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Tom Clancy is the world's favorite international thriller author. Starting with "The Hunt For Red October", all of Mr. Clancy's books have hit #1 on the "New York Times" bestseller list. Mr. Clancy lives in Maryland and owns an interest in the Baltimore Orioles.
Published May 24, 2003 by Putnam Adult. 464 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Computers & Technology, War, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Travel. Non-fiction

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Tony Zinni Readers’ Opinions Forum: Book News and Reviews As early as 1998 (when neoconservatives began agitating for the removal of Saddam Hussein), General Zinni was warning that "a weakened, fragmented, chaotic Iraq" could be "more dangerous in the long run than a contained Sa...

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Beginning the book with the 1998 CentCom-coordinated attack on Saddam Hussein (the unfortunately named Operation Desert Fox), Clancy and Zinni next move through 150 or so pages of Zinni's service as a Philadelphia-born (in 1947) Marine infantry officer during Vietnam and his racially charged Head...

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