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A Soldier's Duty

By (author) Thomas E. Ricks

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From one of America's most esteemed military correspondents and the author of Making the Corps comes a "briskly paced, engrossing tale" ("Los Angeles Times") about a brutal brushfire war in Afghanistan that sets off a titanic struggle for the soul of the twenty-first-century American military.

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 132.1 x 198.1 x 15.2mm | 158.76g
  • 15 Jun 2002
  • Random House USA Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0375760202
  • 9780375760204
  • 1,648,796

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Pulitzer Prize-winning "Washington Post" Pentagon correspondent Thomas E. Ricks lectures widely to the military and is a member of Harvard University's Senior Advisory Council on the Project on U.S. Civil-Military Relations. He is the author of the bestselling book "Making the Corps." He lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and children.

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"Skillfully plotted . . . tautly written . . . will stimulate thought as well as get the adrenaline flowing." --"The Wall Street Journal " "Thomas E. Ricks knows what happens at the Pentagon perhaps sometimes better than those who work there. . . . "A Soldier's Duty" . . . thrill[s] and entertain[s] while giving readers a fascinating glimpse inside a culture shrouded in secrecy."--"Chicago Tribune" "Tremendously literate and full of searing observations about life in uniform today. Best of all, it offers a great story." " --National Review" "A powerful, prophetic page-turner. A huge tell-it-like-it-is thriller of a novel that captures the U.S. military's pain and frustration in the twenty-first century. Epic storytelling that's as exciting as it is suspenseful." --Colonel David H. Hackworth (U.S. Army, ret.), author of "About Face" "Tom Ricks has done a masterly job with his first novel. His knowledge of the military, vast experience and association with military organizations, and keen insights into the military culture clearly come out in this superb book." --General Anthony Zinni (U.S. Marine Corps, ret.), former commander, U.S. Central Command "Timely and extremely relevant . . . "A Soldier's Duty" offers a fictional glimpse into what a politicized officer corps might look like, and what factions and crises it could create. It is a warning we should reflect on." --"Marine Corps Gazette"

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From one of America's most esteemed military correspondents and the author of Making the Corps comes a "briskly paced, engrossing tale" ("Los Angeles Times) about a brutal brushfire war in Afghanistan that sets off a titanic struggle for the soul of the twenty-first-century American military.

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