An unprecedented examination of General Petraeus, the greatest military mind of his generation, over his career, command in Afghanistan, and ascent to CIA.
General David Petraeus bears mantle of Grant, Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and Eisenhower. In All In, military expert Paula Broadwell examines Petraeus's career, intellectual development as commander, and impact as transformative leader, to give deeper understanding of the greatest soldier of our time.
Broadwell embedded with commander and subordinates on front lines and at the epicenter of strategic command in Afghanistan to chronicle the education of this American general as it's brought to bear in the crucible of war. All In uses exclusive interviews with Petraeus and top officers and soldiers to tell the inside story of this commander's war from every point, with particular emphasis on the war through Petraeus's eyes.
When Petraeus assumed command in Afghanistan in 2010, the conflict looked as bleak as any moment in America's nine years there. Petraeus's idea- counterinsurgency-was immediately put to its most difficult test: hard lessons learned during surge in Iraq were applied in a radically different theater. All In traces origins and applications in Afghanistan of principles of counterinsurgency through commands of Lieutenant Colonel David Fivecoat, Petraeus's aide in Bosnia and during the invasion of Iraq, and of other officers who have served with him. Broadwell also examines Petraeus's evolution as counterinsurgent from his education at West Point in the wake of Vietnam to earlier service in El Salvador and Iraq.
In this exclusive-access account, Broadwell appraises Petraeus's impact on the U.S. military: thanks to this remarkable soldier, war in the future will be fought as a complex blend of offense, defense, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and interagency intelligence operations.
As he leaves Afghanistan for his new post at CIA, Petraeus's theory of warfare will redefine our military and intelligence community for decades to come.
- Biography + Autobiography
- Penguin Pr
- January 24, 2012
- January 24, 2012
- Paula Broadwell