Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior
By General (RET.) Hugh Shelton
Reviewed by Bill Breakstone, November 20, 2010
One bright, beautiful spring day in 1991, I left my office in Manhattan and took the subway three stops downtown to Chambers Street to view the homecoming parade of our troops returning from Desert Storm. Out in front of one of the brigades of the 101st Airborne Division was a tall, gangly, bespectacled Brig. General leading his troops past the reviewing stand. He was so tall he stood out li ...more
Initially I thought this book would be too preachy a ...more
This was a departure for me. I got interested while listening to talk by Ruth Suehle at Ohio LinuxFest in 2011. Gen. Shelton had become Chairman of the Red Hat board (Ruth works for Red Hat), and so she took a look. She said it was not the sort of thing she would normally read, but that it surprised her. I decided that was enough of a recommendation, pulled out my phone, and bought it from Google Books as an eBook.
I must confess this was my first military autobiography. I had read Steven Ambrose...more
The second half of this book is definitely a no-holds-barred commentary on military operations through the Clinton / G. W. Bush administrations. General Shelton is not afraid to tell it like it is offering praise when it is deserved and a fu ...more
Overall, this is an autobiography of a man who represents the best of our armed forces. General Shelton's generation of warriors experienced a kind of warfare that will never exist again. There are a lot of Vietnam memoirs and books out there - but the first part of this book is an exceptional first-ha ...more
Vietnam through Haiti and Afghanistan. None of the Presidents show well, he is fair and equal in critiquing them all.
Useful for insight into military structure and point of view. An average read.
J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natual Man, and the Isms" and "Wesley's Wars"