American Soldier by Tommy Franks

By Tommy Franks

"When battle comes, you search for definite specific characteristics within the humans you can be operating with. common Tom Franks embodies these characteristics: energy, adventure, a willing brain, power, honor, strong humor, and a deep loyalty to his troops and to his kingdom.

"Tom Franks is actually a soldier's soldier."

-- Secretary of security Donald Rumsfeld

The Commander in leader of the USA imperative Command from July 2000 via July 2003, basic Tommy Franks made historical past by means of major American and Coalition forces to victory in Afghanistan and Iraq -- the decisive battles that introduced the conflict on terrorism.

during this riveting memoir, common Franks retraces his trip from a small-town boyhood in Oklahoma and Midland, Texas, via a life of army provider -- together with his heroic travel as an Artillery officer in Vietnam, the place he used to be wounded 3 times. A reform-minded chilly battle commander and a intelligent tactician in the course of Operation wasteland hurricane, Franks took command of CENTCOM on the sunrise of what he calls a "crease in historical past" -- changing into the senior American army officer within the most threatening sector in the world.

Now, drawing on his personal memories and armed forces documents declassified for this publication, Franks bargains the 1st actual insider's account of the warfare on terrorism that has replaced the area due to the fact that September eleven, 2001. He places you within the Operations heart for the release of Operation Enduring Freedom simply weeks after September 11, taking pictures its doubtful early days and the historical victory that undefined. He lines his courting with the not easy Donald Rumsfeld, as early tensions over the speed of the crusade gave approach to a robust and pleasant collaboration.

while President Bush targeted global awareness at the possibility of Iraq, Franks seized the instant to enforce a daring new imaginative and prescient of joint struggle in making plans Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rejecting desolate tract Storm–style tremendous troop deployment in want of suppleness and velocity, Franks was once puzzled by means of the safeguard institution -- together with Secretary of nation Colin Powell. but his imaginative and prescient was once confirmed at the flooring: inside of 3 weeks, Baghdad had fallen.

American Soldier is stuffed with revelation. Franks describes the covert international relations that helped him safe overseas cooperation for the battle, and divulges the position of overseas leaders -- and a serious double agent code-named "April idiot" -- within the so much winning army deception considering D-Day in 1944. He speaks frankly of intelligence shortcomings that endangered our troops, and of the credible WMD threats -- together with eleventh-hour warnings from Arab leaders -- that stimulated each making plans choice. He deals an unvarnished portrait of the "disruptive and divisive" Washington forms, and a candid assessment of the war's aftermath. but after all, as American Soldier demonstrates, the battles in Afghanistan and Iraq stay heroic victories -- wars of liberation gained via troops whose valor used to be "unequalled," Franks writes, "by whatever within the annals of war."

Few contributors have the opportunity to give a contribution lots of themselves to the yank tale as normal Tommy Franks. In American Soldier, he captures all of it.

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You could shoot pool and listen to Elvis on the jukebox. Girls in poodle skirts and ponytails would come in and stand around waiting for someone to ask them to dance. My dancing talents were about as refined as my football skills . . but I had a lot more motivation to practice. I spent my junior and senior high school years at Robert E. Lee, where I was in the second graduating class. I learned years later that there was a girl one year behind me named Laura Welch. I didn’t know her at the time, but when I met her a few years ago as First Lady Laura Bush, we chatted about Midland in the White House.

When the light flashed green, I would accelerate smoothly, nursing optimum RPM out of each gear. I started winning trophies. And driving that race-winning MGA to school was the best. Out at the drag strips, the officials scrawled your car’s class and race number on the windows with white shoe polish. Naturally, I’d forget to wipe off that polish before I pulled into the Lee parking lot. ” Again, with my dad’s help, I found what I wanted. It was a black 1957 Chevy Bel Air two-door hardtop with a V-8.

BASIC, I RECEIVED ORDERS TO REPORT TO Fort Devens, Massachusetts, to be trained as a crypto-analyst—a code breaker—in the Army Security Agency (ASA), part of the Military Intelligence Branch. MI talent scouts had come to Fort Leonard Wood, searching for recruits who’d scored well on the aptitude tests. I might have been a terrible student in Austin, but I wasn’t stupid. In N THE LAST WEEK OF 42 AMERICAN SOLDIER fact, I’d managed to rack up some of the best test scores in my training brigade. The sergeant from the ASA had been very persuasive.

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