A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country

Glasgow Phillips, Author
Glasgow Phillips, Author . Black Cat $24.95 (374p) ISBN 978-0-8021-7028-6
Reviewed on: 07/09/2007
Release date: 02/01/2007
Open Ebook - 384 pages - 978-1-55584-720-3
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Army generals frequently remain little known outside the military. That was true of four-star general Clark until he decided to seek the Democratic Party nomination for the 2004 presidential race. In a combination memoir, patriotic tract and broadside about contemporary American politics, Clark explains how his dismay with the Bush administration’s determination to invade Iraq “without good reason” primed him to seek the presidency. On the campaign trail, Clark suggested that using military force to defeat terrorists would likely prove futile. Instead, he touted the value of negotiation. How a four-star general ended up less hawkish than the civilian in the White House is linked to the events of his life, from growing up in the segregated city of Little Rock, Ark., to becoming NATO’s supreme allied commander, Europe. The freshest material covers his command of international peacekeeping troops in Kosovo, as the 1990s civil war in the former Yugoslavia threatened to engulf neighboring countries. Little will be unfamiliar to those who supported Clark’s presidential bid, or of interest to those who didn’t. (Sept.)

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