Marine general Tony Zinni was known as the "Warrior Diplomat" during his nearly forty years of service. His credentials as a soldier were impeccable, whether he was leading troops in Vietnam, commanding hair-raising rescue operations in Somalia......more
Marine general Tony Zinni was known as the "Warrior Diplomat" during his nearly forty years of service. His credentials as a soldier were impeccable, whether he was leading troops in Vietnam, commanding hair-raising rescue operations in Somalia, or - as Commander in Chief of CENTCOM - directing strikes against Iraq and Al Qaeda. But it was as a peacemaker that he made just as great a mark - conducting dangerous troubleshooting missions all over Africa, Asia, and Europe, and then serving as Secretary of State Colin Powell's special envoy to the Middle East, before disagreements over the 2003 Iraq war and its probable aftermath caused him to resign." Battle Ready follows the evolution of both General Zinni and the Marine Corps, from the cauldron of Vietnam through the operational revolution of the '70s and '80s, to the new realities of the post-Cold War, post-9/11 military - a military with a radically different tools for accomplishing it. Opinions differ sharply about just what that job and those tools should be - and General Zinni makes it clear where he stands.
Tom Clancy is the author of thirteen novels, most recently The Teeth of the Tiger, and the Commanders books Into the Storm, Every Man a Tiger, and Shadow Warriors. General Tony Zinni (Ret.) was Commander-in-Chief of CENTCOM from 1997 to 2000, and from November 2002 to March 2003 was Colin Powell's special envoy to the Middle East. He has also led special missions to such nations as Turkey, Pakistan, Kenya, Russia, Yemen, Indonesia, and the Philippines-a role he continues today.
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