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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (51 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: General Tommy R. Franks Narrator: Eric Conge Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Few individuals have the chance to contribute so much of themselves to the American story as General Tommy Franks. In American Soldier, he captures it all.

The Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command from July 2000 through July 2003, General Tommy Franks made history leading American and Coalition forces to victory in Afghanistan and Iraq, the decisive battles that launched the war on terrorism.

General Franks retraces his journey from a small-town boyhood through a lifetime of military service, including his heroic tour as an Artillery officer in Vietnam, where he was wounded three times.

Drawing on military records declassified for this book, Franks offers the first true insider's account of the war on terrorism. He puts you in the Operations Center for the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom just weeks after 9/11, capturing its uncertain early days and the historic victory that followed.

When President Bush focused world attention on the threat of Iraq, Franks seized the moment to implement a bold new vision of joint warfare in planning Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rejecting Desert Storm-style massive troop deployment in favor of flexibility and speed, Franks was questioned by the defense establishment, including Secretary of State Colin Powell. Yet his vision was proven on the ground: Within three weeks, Baghdad had fallen.

Franks describes the covert diplomacy that helped secure international cooperation for the war, and speaks frankly of intelligence shortcomings that endangered our troops, and of the credible WMD threats that influenced every planning decision. He offers an unvarnished portrait of the disruptive and divisive Washington bureaucracy, and a candid assessment of the war's aftermath. Yet in the end, as American Soldier demonstrates, the battles in Afghanistan and Iraq remain heroic victories, wars of liberation won by troops whose valor was unequalled by anything in the annals of war. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert | 3/31/2013

    " Gives another perspective on the build up to the Iraq War. Not the best book, but valuable to get the whole picture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by C.j. W | 8/28/2012

    " Good at first but for me after it gets to 911 I was in the military so I know what happened after that but its a good book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lacey Muscato | 9/14/2011

    " Very detailed, but a lot of military jargon you need to know and understand to read it and have to read it slowly to pick up what is going on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 12/31/2010

    " To really understand America's modern warrior, the amazing warrior ethic now being forged at West Point and our involvement in the Middle East this is a must-read.

    Take a look behind the headlines and into the mind of one of America's greatest leaders. "

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