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Exercise of Power by Robert M. Gates
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Jun 16, 2020 | ISBN 9781524731885

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“[Gates’s] tone is judicious and nonpartisan, and he grades all the administrations fairly according to his standards of professional competence. . . The familiar stories gain new life and interest when told by somebody who’s been in the room where it happens. Gates says what he thinks and refuses to pull his punches and, as a result, the book offers in one volume the most accurate record available of recent American security policy, the most incisive critique of that policy and the most sensible guide to what should come next.”—Gideon Rose, The New York Times Book Review 

“Accessible. . . This important work dives deep into the past three decades of American foreign policy to provide a realistic picture of how key policy decisions were crafted. Highly recommended for those wanting an examination of America’s role within the global community.”—Jacob Sherman, Library Journal, starred review

“An incisive treatise. . . [Gates is] both a sharp critic of Washington D.C.’s policy-making bureaucracies and a shrewd analyst of the dilemmas they wrestle with. The result is a judicious yet bracingly contrarian take on military and foreign policy from the ultimate insider.”—Publishers Weekly

“Recent political leaders, Gates holds, have failed to understand and project American power properly. . . It’s refreshing to see a secretary of defense call for the use of the military as a choice of last resort.”—Kirkus 

“Powerful . . . timely. . . Everything [Gates has] consistently advocated – moderation of ambition; realistic expectations; recognition of the limitation of our military power; a desire for sensible long-term engagement – is on display in this volume as a cautionary tale. . . We are far from becoming a defeated or a declining power – but without the prescription that Secretary Gates lays out in Exerciser of Power, we might become one.”—Admiral James Stavridis, author of Sailing True North

“In a time of global instability, perhaps our nation’s most distinguished public servant, Robert M. Gates, has given us a compelling, thought-provoking, and much-needed assessment of how we got here—and what must be done to restore and extend the best of American power.”—Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America

“The mastery with which Robert Gates wrestles with the fundamental question of the purposes to which America’s global power should be used reveals an astonishing combination of strengths — a narrative gift that captivates the reader from start to finish, an insightful mind, and a profound wisdom that comes from his own experience and wide-ranging historical knowledge.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Leadership

Exercise of Power is a timely, essential guide for all those committed to sustaining America’s experiment in democracy. It should also be required reading for anyone engaged in crafting, influencing and (especially) executing American foreign policy. It is truly a page-turner.”—General Jim Mattis, coauthor, Call Sign Chaos

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