A powerful assessment of today's hottest battle zone From the
bestselling author comes the fourth in an extraordinary series that
looks deep into the art of war - and peace - through the eyes of
one of America's outstanding commanders: the 'Warrior Diplomat'
Marine General Tony Zinni. 'Military success, in and of itself, is
never the complete answer. Success will have to be measured, not in
military terms, but in political terms in what is left behind. That
will be the mark of what we are - what we leave behind.' - General
Tony Zinni, speech to the Middle East Institute, 10 October, 2002.
These words are more relevant today than ever, and there is no one
more well placed to provide a critique of the American military
than General Tony Zinni. Serving for nearly forty years, his
credentials are impeccable, and include leading troops in Vietnam,
commanding operations in Somalia and directing strikes against Iraq
and Al Qaeda as Commander in Chief of CENTCOM. As a peacemaker he
conducted dangerous troubleshooting missions all over the world,
serving as Secretary of State Colin Powell's special envoy to the
Middle East before resigning over the 2003 Iraqi war and its
probable aftermath. Battle Ready follows the fascinating evolution
of the Marine Corps and General Zinni from the cauldron of Vietnam
through to a post-9/11 military with a radically different job to
do. This is an eye-opening book - a front row seat to a man and an
institution - a compelling account of both war and peace.