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The Resource Battle ready, Tom Clancy ; with Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz

Battle ready, Tom Clancy ; with Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz

Label
Battle ready
Title
Battle ready
Statement of responsibility
Tom Clancy ; with Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In his first three Commanders books, Tom Clancy teamed with Generals Fred Franks, Jr., Chuck Horner, and Carl Stiner to provide masterful blends of history, biography, you-are-there narrative, insight into the practice of leadership, and plain, old-fashioned storytelling. Battle Ready is all of that--and it is also something more. Marine General Tony Zinni was known as the "Warrior Diplomat" during his nearly forty years of service. As a soldier, his credentials were impeccable, whether 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 seventies and eighties, to the new realities of the post-Cold War, post-9/11 military, a military with a radically different job and radically different tools for accomplishing it. It is an eye-opening book, a front-row seat to a man, an institution, and a way of both war and peace that together make this an instant classic of military history.--Publisher description
Review
"In the lead-up to the Iraq War and its later conduct, I saw at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence, and irresponsibility, at worse, lying, incompetence and corruption." So says former U.S. Central Command commander in chief Zinni, who retired in September 2000 and has been outspoken ever since regarding the uses and abuses of the U.S. military. This book is the latest of Clancy's nonfiction Commanders series, which has previously featured collaborations with Gen. Fred Franks Jr. of the army, Gen. Chuck Horner of the air force and Gen. Carl Stiner, formerly U.S. Special Operations commander. As in those books, Clancy gives adequate background on his subject and his subject's context, then quotes him liberally, consigning tens of pages at a time to Zinni's italicized first-person reflections. 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 Headquarters and Service stint on Okinawa in the early '70s. The book then flashes forward to the end of the Cold War and steams along from there, with details on Zinni's European command service, including 1990 meetings with a recently de-Sovietized Russian army and support operations during the Persian Gulf War. Zinni joined CentCom just in time for the Somalia debacle, and he is candid about its failings. Over the next years, Zinni traveled widely in parts of the world that were obscure to the U.S. then (Pakistan, Central Asia), but are central now, and played cat-and-mouse with Saddam regarding weapons inspections all through the late '90s. But it is Zinni's 24-page closing statement, "The Calling," that will sell the book to nonbuff civilians, summing up his service and the ways in which he feels his generation's legacy is in jeopardy. (June 1) Forecast: Often too detailed for nonenthusiasts, this BOMC Main Selection and Military Book Club Main Selection will be used as background by pundits and other writers trying to understand the relation of Clinton-era dealings with Saddam to those of Bush 43. --Staff (Reviewed May 10, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 19, p49)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
171020
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-2013
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Clancy, Tom
Dewey number
  • 359.9/6/092
  • B
Index
index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
VE25.Z56
LC item number
C47 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Reading level
9.7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Zinni, Anthony C
  • Koltz, Tony
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Zinni, Anthony C
  • Zinni, Anthony C
  • United States
  • United States
  • Generals
  • Generals
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Battle ready, Tom Clancy ; with Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Desert fox
  • 12,000 miles from Philadelphia
  • The point of the spear
  • The new world disorder
  • Somalia
  • CENTCOM
  • Warrior peacemaker
  • The calling
Control code
477069
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
450 pages
Isbn
9780399151767
Lccn
2004044581
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399151767
  • (OCoLC)54752799
Label
Battle ready, Tom Clancy ; with Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Desert fox
  • 12,000 miles from Philadelphia
  • The point of the spear
  • The new world disorder
  • Somalia
  • CENTCOM
  • Warrior peacemaker
  • The calling
Control code
477069
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
450 pages
Isbn
9780399151767
Lccn
2004044581
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399151767
  • (OCoLC)54752799

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