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The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America's Military

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This is a boots-on-the-ground account of America's growing dependence on the military to manage world affairs. It describes a clash of culture and purpose through the eyes of soldiers and officers themselves. In the aftermath of September 11, this trend has only accelerated, as the country turns to its warriors to solve the complex international challenges ahead. People in ...more
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Will Byrnes
Priest looks at the CinCs, the Commanders in Chief of the different military global regions for the USA. She describes how they are called upon to perform diplomatic as well as military work. She profiles four of them, Zinni, Wesley Clark, Admiral Dennis Blair and Charles Wilhelm. She also give plenty of ink to others, including Hugh Shelton, William Cohen The role of Rummy is paramount as well. Priest’s description of events in the Balkans was quite interesting. This is the best part of the boo ...more
Lobstergirl
Dana Priest is a really excellent, Pulitzer prizewinning reporter (for the Washington Post), but not a very good book writer. The chapters in this book seem to be cobbled together from past reporting, which is not a bad thing necessarily, but she (and her editors) didn't do a very neat job of it. You feel discombobulated going from one section to the next.

She also needs to be banned from using adjectives. I don't particularly mind that Anthony Zinni's hands are referred to as "cantaloupes," actu
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Jerome
A very quick read, but nothing of much substance. Many of the books I've read cite this, so I thought it might be cool.

Ms. Priest makes her whole argument in the first chapter, and the rest is just disconnected anecdotes, with little analysis of the various stories. For example, the book starts off talking about the proconsular role of the US Combatant Commanders (formerly known as CINCs until Rummie outlawed the term for everyone except George W.) but then inexplicably switches to various leng
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Kai Palchikoff
Nov 16, 2014 Kai Palchikoff is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Four-star generals who lead the military during wartime reign like proconsuls abroad in peacetime. Secretive Green Berets trained to hunt down terrorists are assigned to seduce ruthless authoritarian regimes. Pimply young soldiers taught to seize airstrips instead play mayor, detective, and social worker in a gung-ho but ill-fated attempt to rebuild a nation after the fighting stops.The Mission is a boots-on-the-ground account of America's growing dependence on our military to manage world affai ...more
Phil
Aug 03, 2010 Phil rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone willing to learn more about how military leaders are shaping our future.
Recommended to Phil by: No one, but I picked it up at the publisher's office in NYC.
I started appreciating the writing of Dana Priest during my year of working at the Pentagon, which also was the year I started the Air War College curriculum. I wish this book had been published in time for me to use it as a resource in writing my Air War College paper. Even though it's now 7 years old, it's still very relevant and will help the reader gain a much better understanding of the role of combatant commanders--namely, the handful of 4-star flag officers in charge of the geographical, ...more
Daniel
decent read, and fun to go back to what the military was doing in the 90s...Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor, however the book had a bad habit of bouncing back and forth from the Strategic level to the tactical.
Matt
This book disabused me of what I thought I knew of the military. It was a good read through the first 170 pages. Damn library always wanting their books back.
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Dana Priest is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post. She has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for public service for "The Other Walter Reed" and the 2006 Pulitzer for beat reporting for her work on CIA secret prisons and counterterrorism operations overseas. She is the author of The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military.
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