Based on my available time to read and absorb a good book (which isn’t much right now), I am now slowly winding my way through the excellent tome written by Robert Gates, our former Secretary of Defense. It might seem strange to tout someone else’s work on a website about my own literary efforts, but I would highly recommend that everyone take a little time to actually read it. Regardless of your political bent, this insider’s peek into the inner workings of our Government, especially at the highest levels, is insightful and thought provoking. There are a ton of lessons to be learned from his writing, and much more to consider in their full context, as opposed to the media slanted coverage received from the various news outlets. I opined before that I would want to read the matters in context, and now that I’ve begun that process, there is no question that I was correct in the belief that the context is critical to the analysis. It is an excellent look at two Administrations and their approaches to the Defense Department. If you have any interest in how governmental “sausage” is made, then I would highly recommend it. As for the critics, well, I’ve learned from my own efforts that critics seldom bring a clean slate to the table. Do not fall into the trap of letting someone else and their “hidden” agenda keep you from forming your own opinions. Read and decide for yourself, because there is no question that this one is well worth the time it requires. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.