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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you struggle to comprehend war, or you are having a hard time coming back from it, READ THIS BOOK., May 4, 2015
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This is an amazing read. I have friends that are unable to wrap their minds around the concept of war, much less imagine themselves in the midst of it. Here's an excerpt that hit home with me:

"Perfectly sane, good men have been drawn back to combat over and over again, and anyone interested in the idea of world peace would do well to know what they're looking for. Not killing, necessarily - that couldn't have been clearer in my mind - but the other side of the equation: protecting. The defense of the tribe is an insanely compelling idea, and once you've been exposed to it, there's almost nothing else you'd rather do. The only reason anyone was alive at Restrepo - or at Aranas or at Ranch House or, later, at Wanat - was because every man up there was willing to die defending it."

I can say from personal experience that coming back from my Iraq deployment, I was completely unprepared for how incredibly difficult it was to transition from that reality to... Read more
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for non-academic use, August 3, 2015
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I read this book as an optional reading requirement for a graduate level course in Cyber Intelligence. This book gives an interesting perspective from two inside men's view of the Cyber threat to this nation.

Things I liked about the book:

The authors don't try to overload the reader with a lot of technical jargon trying to justify their position at the micro level of cyber security. Throughout the book, the authors use anecdotes and personal experiences to bring home THEIR point of view on the cyber threat to the US. I like this style of writing as I can relate to someone walking through their opinion forming process much easier than I can digest a litany of statistics and facts on a topic. Although, a healthy amount of that is critical to forming a valid, sound opinion (see my criticisms of this book). I did appreciate that the authors were trying to convey how they came to their current world view on the topic and what the Nation's leaders are facing in... Read more
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great current military history, July 3, 2017
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I'm a retired Army officer and Viet Nam vet. The book was engaging from its beginning citing (then) LTC Cavoli's (whom I know personally) leadership and experiences thru to events in 2012. I learned a great deal. However, I found the (to me) over emphasis on the tactical detracted from an overall story of a lack a national strategic purpose, rationale and approach (then and still). Half of the tactical accounts would have been equally convincing and credible. That there were nearly as many strategic approaches as there were major commanders and Sec Defs was also a compelling argument. It was interesting and true that all too often presidential and secretarial pronouncements and orders were impossible to implement at the brigade level and below. I liked the idea of a viable career path for military advisors. Finally, I also believe that at any level leaving the nation building to the State Department is an absolute non-starter, a guaranteed local and national failure waiting to... Read more
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