Journalist Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration. When Hastings' piece appeared a few months later, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was ordered to Washington, where he was unceremoniously fired.
Hastings gives us a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of Allied military commanders, their high-stakes manoeuvres and often bitter bureaucratic infighting.
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By David Jacobs on 13-08-18
Enriched my worldview. Recommended.
Country: South Africa
Education: Post-graduate (International Relations and Economics)
Profession: Foreign affairs
5 - Deeply impactful, changed the way I view the world
4 - Enriched my worldview, will use favourably in conversations and arguments
3 - Entertaining, will mention in light conversations
2 - No markable impact, will probably forget I read it
1 - Will actively dissuade people from reading and will bash during conversations
This book has enriched my understanding of the war in Afghanistan and the politics shaping it. As a work of high quality and committed investigative journalism, the book succeeds admirably. There is a reason it had such an impact.
The pace is very good with crisp language, never boring, and manages to point out the major political and military landmarks without losing sight of why it was written in the first place.
Certainly of interest to military, academic and diplomatic professionals - and anyone with a healthy interest in security and current affairs - the book stands as a strong tribute to the life of Michael Hastings.