They were four exceptional soldiers, a new generation asked
to save an army that had been hollowed out after Vietnam. They became the Army’s
most influential generals in the crucible of Iraq. Collectively, their lives
tell the story of the Army over the last four decades and illuminate the path
it must travel to protect the nation over the next century. The careers of this
elite quartet show how the most powerful military force in the world entered a
major war unprepared, and how the Army, drawing on a reservoir of talent that
few thought it possessed, saved itself from crushing defeat against a ruthless,
low-tech foe. In The Fourth Star, you’ll
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- General John Abizaid, one of the Army’s most brilliant minds.
- General George Casey, Jr., the son of the highest-ranking
general to be killed in the Vietnam War.
- General Peter Chiarelli, an emotional, take-charge leader who
felt the sting of the Army’s failures in Iraq.
- General David Petraeus, a driven soldier-scholar. When he
finally got his chance in Iraq, he changed the Army’s conception of what was