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It Doesn't Take a Hero

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He set his star by a simple motto: duty, honor,country. Only rarely does history grant a singleindividual the ability, personal charisma, moralforce, and intelligence to command the respect,admiration, and affection of an entire nation. But sucha man is General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commanderof the Allied Forces in the Gulf War. Now, in thisrefreshingly candid and typical ...more
Published by Bantam Books (first published October 1992)
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الكتاب يتحدث عن قائد قوات التحالف في حرب الخليج 1991، ضد عراق صدام حسين، لتحرير الكويت. يتحدث الكتاب عن دور نورمان شوارتزكوف (أثار البعض بأنه من يهود ألمانيا، علما أن الكتاب لم يتحدث عن ديانته بأي شيء) عن نشأته في ويست بوينت (المدرسة العسكرية للأمريكان، على غرار سانت هريست في بريطانيا) وكيف شارك في حرب الخليج، وكيف تعامل مع الأمير خالد بن سلطان، القائد السعودي للجيش..فقد كان في بعض الأوقات على خلاف معه.

الكتاب في رأيي تمت تشويه ترجمته عمدا والله أعلم. فخالد بن سلطان نفى في كتابه(مقاتل من الصحراء)
James c hart
Aug 02, 2014 James c hart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding book

Outstanding book

I served with General Schwarzkopf in the 24th Infantry division and during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. This book left me with a better understanding of how we fought the war. A must read for all particular the military members. I retired in 1992 after 27 years as a Command Sergeants Major. It was a pleasure to have served under General Schwarzkopf.
Jun 09, 2015 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2015
I really enjoyed learning the history of one of the recent commanders in theater. Especially as it pertains to the Middle East. General Schwarzkopf was very simple in detailing his experience and progression through the army. He did not have, or appear to have, political alliances or military agendas he just had the desire to serve his country and serve his soldiers. He was a soldier's soldier. I marveled at the account of desert shield and the back and forth with Washington I executing that pla ...more
Sep 17, 2008 Rae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-memoir
Bio of "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf. I enjoyed this book immensely and came away with great respect for the man. Whether you agree with his politics is almost irrelevant here as he has had such an interesting military career that you want to keep reading about him.

"...I am convinced that had a decision been made to invade all of Iraq and capture Baghdad...the only forces that would have participated in those military actions would have been British and American. Even the French would have withd
Michael Gerald
Oct 25, 2014 Michael Gerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to read of a person with great leadership qualities, this is one definitely worth picking up.

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, a West Point graduate who experienced the lows of the Vietnam War and participated in the US military's transformation in the 1980s, just in time for the end of the Cold War, exemplified the qualities of integrity, sagacity, courage, and in-your-face assertiveness that would serve the world well.

Kuwait may have been extravagant and arrogant in its splurging of
Tim Hewlett-parker
This is the second time I have read this book. Since the first time there have been many upheavals globally, including financial and corporate mismanagement on a far reaching scale. When you see how General S. managed a coalition comprising many cultures, his diplomacy and civility with world leaders and his concerns for the 'working man' under his command it makes you think about the integrity and leadership instilled in the military and how it could be best utilized across our government and c ...more
Louis Barbier
This is a great book about a man who set high goals and ideals for himself and his men. But he also took care of his people. This is illustrated during the Vietnam War when some troops walked into a minefield and exploded a few. He went in and got them out. One of the troopers was badly wounded and General H Norman Schwarzkopf put the wounded limb in a sling and got him out of the minefield. He took the West Point motto: Duty, Honor, Country and made it his own as his Dad had also done. All grea ...more
Amy Muse
Apr 14, 2014 Amy Muse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was a young Private stationed in 2ND MP, 2ND ID as a medic. I drew inspiration and character greatly from "It Doesn't Take a Hero". It is nearly 2 decades later. In fact, I just retired from the Army! I just want to say "Thank YOU" General "Stormin'" Norman Schwarzkopf. In so many circumstances, instances, and challenges, your words and spirit were always with me. Most recently, talking candidly with my Command Sergeant Major, I asked him if he felt like he was Gen Colin ...more
Anthony Mandala
Nov 24, 2013 Anthony Mandala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book that made me realize I will never join the military.
Apr 16, 2016 Phaedra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly loved this book. It's written in the first person, and exceptionally candid (especially for someone of that rank). Schwarzkopf clearly not only understood military tactics and strategy extremely well, but also how important it is to really look after your troops.

It amazes me how reluctant many leaders are to recognize the fact that if you take care of your people, overwhelmingly your people will go above and beyond to serve you in return. Schwarzkopf clearly did not have a hard time lear
Greg Raleigh
Dec 15, 2014 Greg Raleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This had everything for the military historian. It started with Iran during WWII, described West Point in the early 50's, and the change in Army culture from the mid 50's until 1991. In this vast sweep, General Schwarzkopf described most everything from garrison leadership following the Korean War, to the formation of TRADOC, to the post Soviet era when the US was adapting to being the world's last superpower. All of this, plus first person accounting from two tours in the Vietnamese jungles, th ...more
Jimmie Kepler
Jun 11, 2011 Jimmie Kepler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book in 1995. I have read it once since. "It Doesn’t Take a Hero" by H. Norman Schwarzkopf takes its title from a quote Schwarzkopf gave during an interview with Barbara Walters in 1991; "It Doesn’t Take a Hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle."

First, I must admit I am a Schwarzkopf fan. He commanded the 1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division as a colonel while I was serving as a 1LT in the 9th Division. His third child (son) was
Aaron Crofut
Jun 10, 2013 Aaron Crofut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, war
The most interesting aspect of this work is that it is a primary source written in 1992 about Iraq. There is not a single mention of Al Qaeda or any other Islamic terrorist group in the entire book; the closest mention is the 1983 attack in Beirut, brought up only because Schwarzkopf was concerned about Iraq committing a similar attack on US forces in Saudi Arabia. The world has changed quite a bit since then and the events of this book played no small role in creating that change. Our role in t ...more
James F.
Feb 19, 2016 James F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This biography/autobiography is a history of the military career of an American soldier who led the Allied effort in what can arguably be said to have been the most successful war effort the modern world has required to be fought.

My thanks to those who helped shape the education, value system and friendships held by General H. Norman Schwarzkopf. My appreciation to General Schwarzkopf for his service to the people of the United States of America.
Mar 04, 2016 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the singular heroes of our time. His steady hand at the helm of the greatest modern army during the Gulf War was exactly what was needed. His high morals, ethics, and focus on county gave me an ideal to strive for. Enjoyed this biography very much and have recommended to many young military officers for their reading lists.
William Alan
Jul 06, 2016 William Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know what the MC of my first novel looks like, then look at Stormin' Norman. Nick Angriff, MC of my series, is a Lt. General who is a combination of Schwarzkopf and Patton. This guy took no BS from anybody and he won battles because he did it his way. A very well told biography.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
I liked this a lot. I know that a lot of people felt that the Gulf War had broke the curse of the "Vietnam Syndrome" and for that reason embraced Norman Schwarzkopf as a hero. Not his evaluation of himself though. The title comes from an interview he gave to Barbara Walters: It Doesn’t Take a Hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle. I found it fascinating to hear his account of his career in the military. His experience in Vietnam and the lesson ...more
Richard Lucas
Jul 23, 2014 Richard Lucas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read

A good read

This is a well-written account of the Gulf War. When diplomacy fails, as it did after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the politicians must step aside and allow the military to do its job. This book is a good example of that process.
Jun 05, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tom by: Bill Cousins
I gave this book 5 stars,not because it is a classic, but because I found General Schwarzkopf's life and military career particularly interesting, candid and not sugar-coated, and compelling. He vividly illustrates some powerful life lessons that are valuable to any young person in lending perspective on one's life work. One is the value of the "network" and the "small world" syndrome. Another is the value of locating and retaining good mentors. Yet another is the possibility for overcoming amon ...more
Sep 08, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always admired this General. I liked this book very much. He has my total respect. He always put his country first and made decisions that were very difficult in the Middle East. He has been much admired by his soldiers.
Dec 01, 2014 E.J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this insightful autobiography about an enigmatic patriot. It did fail to show any of his faults/mistakes, but the inner look at the bureaucracy of the Army was worth the publishing cost alone.
Clara Roberts
Jan 15, 2013 Clara Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The whole book was really potraying Schwartzkopf as a hero. The book does speak to effective leadership styles. He speaks to the leadership styles of various commanding styles of his commanding officers as he came up the ranks. The best quote of the book came when as a four star general he lead Desert Storm. "I was absolutely dependent on the individual skills, temperaments, and justment of my generals...." "I could establish a framework and convey my intentions and the spirit in which I wanted ...more
John Nevola
Sep 10, 2012 John Nevola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you ever wonder if a spectacular military success was the result of leadership or simply an aligning of the stars?

The Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) was one of the most successful military operations (at 100 hours, its difficult to call it a campaign) of all time. How much was due to Schwarzkopf?

A student and a warrior and the master of numerous languages, "Stormin' Norman" was an anomaly in the military. A Vietnam combat veteran, he learned the hard lessons of war the hard way. All is r
Charlie Bone
May 04, 2014 Charlie Bone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
left me in awe of the logistical goals reached by the planners to stage and implement Desert Storm
oh to be 9 years old growing up in Tehran as Norman did
The first half of this book is terrible and had very little bearing on the second half of this book. Perhaps I was the issue though. I wanted to read the story of a general, not the story of the man with the title and position of general. This book does both, and the first half of the book is the personal story of Gen. Schwarzkopf and his family.

That being read, the second part of the book was well worth it. I would rate the second half of the book a five out of five. The first half brought my
David Hill
Jun 27, 2016 David Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He set his star by a simple motto: duty, honor, country. Only rarely does history grant a single individual the ability, personal charisma, moral force, and intelligence to command the respect, admiration, and affection of an entire nation. But such a man is General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the Allied Forces in the Gulf War. Now, in this refreshingly candid and typically outspoken autobiography, General Schwarzkopf reviews his remarkable life and career: the events, the adventures, an ...more
Sep 06, 2014 Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
Great read, Gerneral Schwarzkopf gives great insight view of a soldier's life. second time i read this book with great interest
Daniel Berthiaume
Mar 01, 2016 Daniel Berthiaume rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent biography. Very interesting and very entertaining read. I had a good time reading this biography.
Manish Kumar
Mar 04, 2014 Manish Kumar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing autobiography written by one of the most inspiring military leaders of our times....
I'm reading this for a potential film idea and am enjoying it in many unsuspected ways. He spent a portion of his childhood in Iran while his father was there building up the Shah's forces and I was interested to read his descriptions of the experience.

Also, the connection between his mother's alcoholism and his need for the structure of the military he writes about is fascinating to me. It makes me want to read the biographies of more people in power whose politics/worldview I think I disagree
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Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Schwarzkopf grew up in the United States and later in Iran. He was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1956. After a number of initial training programs, Schwarzkopf interrupted a stint as an academy teacher, and served in the Vietnam War first as an adviser to the South ...more
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