BOOK REVIEW:AMERICAN SOLDIER
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BY GENERAL TOMMY FRANKS
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This huge book tells all about Tommy Franks life from a youngster through to his retirement. An amazing story of how a recruit began as a private and worked his way up to a four-star general. Tommy did not have a rich heritage that could give him a push into such a life but he did have family and friends that taught him the way of life and how to make the most of it. From his early days of boot camp training with non-coms and officers busting his chops every chance they had, Tommy made the most of it and this is how he learned to train others through his own training and experiences.
Some of the language is a bit much for anyone not a military person, specifically the abbreviations of the many military and government agencies and departments. But it is interesting. The story of our recent military activity from the end of WWII through what is now still active in the Iraqi area. Tommy Franks was in constant contact via visual links or phones through all the action in which he was involved. He tells how our government was given the information that Iraq did have WMD’s. This came from some leaders of nations in that area.
Tommy gives the sense of how the Korean and Viet Nam Wars were fought through his eyes and the men that fought them. Tommy Franks was the head of CENTCOM, the General Command of all the allied forces, shortly before he decided it was time to retire and live with his darling wife, Cathy. General Franks had many contacts throughout the entire world; leaders of many nations, ambassadors, military leaders of other nations, and the regular foot soldier, with whom he never lost contact and always remembered when he was in that situation.
General Franks added an Afterward in 2005 in which he expressed his thoughts of knowing that the battle in Iraq and the surrounding area would take many years of fighting. It would not be an easy chore, as we all now know ourselves. I thank General Tommy Franks for taking the time to give us his story and his life in a written essay that will stand for many years as excellence in writing.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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