on 31 October 2015
Not reader friendly if you where not there when it happened. Far to many persons and events that appear that are known only to the hard core foreign policy professionals. If the material that looks like his own diary notes had been lifted out it would have been a better book. Focusing on the bigger picture, and only the interesting details had made the book a page turner.
on 25 April 2012
Gates has written an informative, comprehensive book that is enjoyable to read. I particularly liked the way he assessed characters, not just events. He has some great stories about Casey and Bush Sr. It was a little long and dry, but nevertheless entertaining. Gates himself comes across as quite the character. Buy it.