American Soldier

American Soldier

Tommy Franks Malcolm McConnell / Jul 18, 2019

American Soldier When war comes you look for certain special qualities in the people you ll be working with General Tom Franks embodies those qualities strength experience a keen mind energy honor good humor an

  • Title: American Soldier
  • Author: Tommy Franks Malcolm McConnell
  • ISBN: 9780060731588
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When war comes, you look for certain special qualities in the people you ll be working with General Tom Franks embodies those qualities strength, experience, a keen mind, energy, honor, good humor, and a deep loyalty to his troops and to his country Tom Franks is truly a soldier s soldier Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld The Commander in Chief of the United St When war comes, you look for certain special qualities in the people you ll be working with General Tom Franks embodies those qualities strength, experience, a keen mind, energy, honor, good humor, and a deep loyalty to his troops and to his country Tom Franks is truly a soldier s soldier Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld The Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command from July 2000 through July 2003, General Tommy Franks made history by leading American and Coalition forces to victory in Afghanistan and Iraq the decisive battles that launched the war on terrorism.In this riveting memoir, General Franks retraces his journey from a small town boyhood in Oklahoma and Midland, Texas, through a lifetime of military service including his heroic tour as an Artillery officer in Vietnam, where he was wounded three times A reform minded Cold War commander and a shrewd tactician during Operation Desert Storm, Franks took command of CENTCOM at the dawn of what he calls a crease in history becoming the senior American military officer in the most dangerous region on earth.Now, drawing on his own recollections and military records declassified for this book, Franks offers the first true insider s account of the war on terrorism that has changed the world since September 11, 2001 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 He traces his relationship with the demanding Donald Rumsfeld, as early tensions over the pace of the campaign gave way to a strong and friendly collaboration.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.American Soldier is filled with revelation Franks describes the covert diplomacy that helped him secure international cooperation for the war, and reveals the role of foreign leaders and a critical double agent code named April Fool in the most successful military deception since D Day in 1944 He speaks frankly of intelligence shortcomings that endangered our troops, and of the credible WMD threats including eleventh hour warnings from Arab leaders 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, Franks writes, by anything in the annals of war 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.

    American Soldier album American Soldier is the eleventh studio album by American progressive metal band Queensrche it is a concept album released on March , The album debuted at No on the Billboard chart As its title suggests, American Soldier revolves around the lives and experiences of those who serve or have served in the United States armed forces American Soldier song American Soldier is a song co written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith It was released in November as the second single from his album Shock n Y all.It became a number one hit on the Billboard U.S Hot Country Songs chart, keeping the top spot for four weeks Keith wrote the song with Chuck Cannon Toby Keith American Soldier YouTube Jun , Category Music Song American Soldier Artist Toby Keith Licensed to YouTube by UMG on behalf of DreamWorks Nashville LatinAutor, EMI Music Publishing, UBEM, Abramus Digital, UMPI, Rumblefish Toby Keith American Soldier Lyrics MetroLyrics Lyrics to American Soldier by Toby Keith I m just trying to be a father Raise a daughter and a son Be a lover to their mother Everything to everyone Registry of the American Soldier National Museum of the The Registry of the American Soldier entries are publicly submitted listings.Any person may add themselves or another to the Registry.The Registry is not an official document of the U.S Government. The Last American Soldier Game Play online at Y where you will run in to a village infested with waves of enemies that you have to kill with your weapons To keep advancing in the game, kill all enemies on time Earning points for the total score and rank high if American Soldier Is Killed in Afghanistan The New York Times Apr , KABUL, Afghanistan An American Special Forces soldier was killed in eastern Afghanistan during a joint operation with Afghan forces against Rare powder horn that belonged to African American Rare powder horn belonging to African American Revolutionary War soldier was discovered Rare powder horn that belonged to an African American Revolutionary War soldier has gone on display. The Insidious Myth of the Magical American Soldier The Insidious Myth of the Magical American Soldier By Maj Danny Sjursen October , Information Clearing House We aren t miracle workers We re just soldiers after all kids barely out of their teens and officers in their mid s do most of the fighting. Plastic Soldier Review Revell American Militia Review This set is the same as Accurate set but in a Revell box See the review of Accurate American Militia for details.

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    1. Very interesting book. I enjoyed this explanation of the lead up to the invasion of AFG and Iraq. At least from his point of view and in the way he tells it, the lead up to war jumped through all the right hoops before actually committing. I think if you read this book your takeaway would be that it was inevitable unless you are all bluff.A couple of other observations. One, he was clearly a good general and officer but he suffers from something that all of us suffer from and that is relying on [...]

    2. Absolutely, unequivocally, superb! How many times have you heard in recent times, in the political spectrum that the men, Generals, making the decisions that send our young men and women into the line of fire, have no idea what it’s like at the front? They sit back and give orders while they remain in the safe confines of their headquarters. This might have been true during Vietnam. Thank you LBJ and Robert MacNamara. But not during General Franks watch. When I started reading, I flashed back [...]

    3. This story, is about the life of the United States Army General, Tommy Franks, and how he ascended from the rank of Second Lieutenant all the way up to being the Commander In Chief of the United States Central Command. As an autobiography, Tommy Ray Franks is the main character in this book. However, many of the significant characters include, Cathryn Jane Carley Franks, General Norman Schwarzkopf, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Crown Prince Abdullah II of Saudi Arabia, President Hosni Mubarak of E [...]

    4. Very interesting, very easy read. Franks is very earthy, lacing his talk with profanity and seeming like a parade ground master sergeant; you certainly can't confuse him for an intellectual, more of an innovator.He attended high school with Laura Bush and served in Vietnam. he later became head of the Third Army. Most of it covers Franks' tenure as the commander of CENTCOM during the start of both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In these invasions, Franks repudiated the Powell doctrine with sp [...]

    5. Good autobiography on a respectable man and his rise in the Army. But as importantly, it reminded me what we have forgotten or overlooked: that during the 1990's Sadam Hussein was an increasingly flagrant and belligerent international menace, and high-ranking people--including then-President Clinton--were beginning to draw up plans for his ouster, by invasion if necessary. All this a few years before 9/11.

    6. A great memoir by a modern day soldier. I enjoyed his story, and the anecdotes. I finished with a great respect and appreciation for those who wage war in my behalf in today's world. Man am I glad I do not have to do this. He did a great job of explaining the complexities of his role in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. He explained in great detail the expectations placed on him by Pres Bush and Def. Sec. Rumsfeld, the American and foreign press, the foreign coalition forces, the American peop [...]

    7. This book is excellent pure and simple. I was amazed at all of the similarities between us and I immediately formed a bond with the author. It appears that in our youth, we booth took similar paths to the Army and of course he succeeded enormously while I turned a patriotic but more mediocre performance. That notwithstanding, I highly enjoyed the story of his life and how he went about orchestrating the overthrow of Sadam Hussein. This story include some wonderful insights into General Franks pe [...]

    8. A very interesting book (I listened to the audiobook), particularly when reviewing Franks' experiences in Vietnam, where he earned 3 purple hearts. Most of the book covers Franks' leadership of US Central Command during the invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq. In these invasions Franks repudiated the Colin Powell doctrine from the first Iraq War of striking with massive force. Instead, Franks relied on speed while delivering precise, overwhelming firepower. Advanced technology, able to overco [...]

    9. I enjoyed reading American Soldier. In his memoir, Franks shared a very candid inspection of his life: the good, the bad, and the ugly. I was surprised to discover a flag officer willing to admit many of the unremarkable points in his career; such as his dismal marks in college or that he enlisted while hung over. Though there were moments I felt I was being sold a used car, like when Franks shared his opinions on certain supervisors; many of his revelations certainly made him more personable.I [...]

    10. Besides outlining the spectacular and honorable life a spectacular and honorable American, this book clearly illustrates the amount of work that our guys have put into the wars in Afganistan and Iraq. Both have truly been great success stories the likes of which have never been witnessed before in history. The incredible speed and accuracy of our armed forces have resulted in two wars with never before seen domination of the enemy and unheard of low levels of civilian casualties. This book makes [...]

    11. ده من اهم الكتب السياسية و العسكرية اللي ممكن تقرأها,و نقدر نقسمه علي كذا جزءاولا الجزء العسكريالتغيرات اللي حصلت في الولايات المتحدة و عقيدتها القتالية من خلال 4 حروب خاضهم تومي ابتداء بفيتنام و الاستراتيجية العسكرية المبنية علي القصف المدفعي و العدد الضخم من الجنود مرورا [...]

    12. Very interesting to read about how the attack in Afganistan and Iraq was planned and executed. Includes behind the scenes discssions with the President and Rumsfeld during and after 9/11. Also interesting to note the differences in how we have changed the way our military command structure works with CENTCOM commanding all services in a geographical area rather than the different branches of the services controlling their assets as we did in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. It seems like the practice w [...]

    13. I read this because I really know nothing about recent American wars, and was interested in what happened in Afghanistan. I went into this realizing this guy was obviously going to come at the story from the point of view of a miltary general, and as expected, he was very pro-military, and his politics came into it pretty often, especially his huge love for President Bush. I learned some interesting stuff about the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, and how our military pretty much blew the A [...]

    14. I am about 1/2 the way through this book. I don't know if I will finish it or not. I read it for my book report for OCS. It is interesting to me mostly because he started out as an enlisted soldier (like me), he was selected for MI (like me), he worked in a field similar to mine, he was in the honor guard (I was color guard for a year at dli), and he went to OCS, and did well, and eventually became a general. His few stories about OCS make me laugh (we don't have that kind of harsh treatment her [...]

    15. An extremely easy book to read. I actually had to do a report on him when I was in ROTC. The first half of the book is his career and how he got started. It seemed as though he just stumbled up the chain and had a lot of lucky breaks. The second half is his time as commander during the war. Like I said the book was easy to read, and I would suggest it for anyone in the military. It was written in a military format, in that every chapter or section he summarized everything he was going to talk ab [...]

    16. After hearing this man speak and reading this book, I wish he'd run for President of the US. During my stint in the US Navy, I learned the difference between an officer and a leader. You obey an officer because you have to. You obey a leader because you want to. The reader will learn what it takes to be a leader and it goes far beyond a loud commanding and unfaltering voice. It takes those quiet moments when he reflects on the decisions he must make, knowing full well whatever it is, others may [...]

    17. I think the American public should read this book in order to understand the process, complexities, and the politics that General Franks coped with during his tenure as the CENTCOM commander of our military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. War is not like that portrayed by the Hollywood elite or those who supported the war on terror in the beginning and then spoke out being against it later. Gen Franks highlights things that were new to me and really puts the focus where it belongs, the will and [...]

    18. This book was inspirational for sure. It gives you a whole nother level of respect for people. This books teaches you about combat strategies, it shows you the process of Tommy´s progress and shows how important some people´s roles are in the military. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about warfare in the middle east or hunting down Bin Laden or even the life of Tommy Franks.

    19. Great story of a man who found his way in the Army. Close to getting kicked out of college and no idea what to do in life, he joins the Army. With astonishing drive and intelligence now unleashed he transformed much of what the military thinks and does. The epilogue on middle east affairs isn't necessary, but he feels very strongly about that part of the world. And, really, I don't know many other thinkers who could do better.Overall, this is a very inspiring book.

    20. This was one of the best memoirs I have read in recent years. Tommy Franks tells his story with honesty and clarity. It had me laughing, got me deep in thought, made me angry, made me proud, and taught me a lot about our military all at the same time. I took away so much more than that from this book. It is a joy to read and a learning experience in so many ways. I do not think you will ever regret reading this, even at its large size.

    21. The book "American Soldier" is General Tommy Franks biography, incuding his strategy about Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The book gives you an insight into the "ramp up to war" thinking of the Bush administration. Although the administration could have done a better job, President Bush didn't have much of a choice about the strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq. I understand Bush's thinking better now.

    22. Interesting book, everyone interested in history and/or politics should pick it up. I almost wish he'd written two books. One about Vietnam and another about the "War on Terror".Regardless of my opinions on the Iraq War, it's neat to lift the veil and see what the high level planning looked like. Easy read but some parts seem a little clichéd, like a G.I. Joe comic.

    23. A little slow getting started but ultimately a necessary piece to how we ended up where we are now with Iraq. Cool timing for me to be reading through books I bought and never read. This was published some time ago when no one--let alone Franks--would have foreseen the completely quagmire. (Except, apparently, Obama.) (Who I support, by the way.) Interesting look back in time.

    24. I thought this was an incredible book - only my third MH read and thought it was well written and entertaining. I read this shortly after I read jawbreakereveryone that reads this should read that as well - my the difference sides of the story you get when two different people tell it! He's a little too lovey dovey with Mr. Bush for mebut otherwise, very good.

    25. Very insightful and will cause you to realize that if General Franks had been given the chance to enter, conduct the war, and leaveIraq would have been an overwhelming successobably within 2 to 3 years, max! General Franks is a true American hero, and I highly suggest this book for any military history buff. The man "tells it like it is", plain and simple!

    26. I enjoyed reading this book. General Tommy Franks led our troops into both Afghanistan and Iraq. I do not believe in the politics that led us into Iraq but he did his job as the commander of CENTCOM. He retired shortly after Paul Bremer became the ambassador of Iraq and completely screwed up the direction the US was going. If you like military books I highly recommend you read it.

    27. General Franks is a straight shooter and gives you a good look at the plans of the Iraq and Afgan wars, the behind the scenes conversations that took place. He also gives you a look into the life of General Franks from a small boy to the General he is today. Slow in some spots but overall a good read.

    28. I made it to page 349 and just cannot go on.I really enjoyed reading about his life and how he got to the rank of commander in chief. But the details of the warfare were bogging me down. I hadn't picked it up in quite a while and was feeling dread in finishing it, so it's over.I think the grenades in mason jars were very clever, how times have changed.

    29. Actually this was an audiobook that I listened to but actually enjoyed it. The life story Tommy Franks is gripping and interesting. He navigated amid politics, and personal challenges and carved a career for himself that seems to have ended on a good note. I always like to hear peoples stories and this is a good one.

    30. This is a great book about a great American. And to boot, he's a "good ole Midland boy." I learned that not only is General Franks a brilliant tactician, he is a Godly man whose faith is extremely important to him. I recommend this book to anybody who has any interest at all in military history or the war on terror.

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