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by Tony Zinni,Tony Koltz,Tom Clancy

Marine general Tony Zinni was known as the "Warrior Diplomat" during his nearly forty years of service. His credentials as a soldier were impeccable, whether he was leading troops in Vietnam, commanding hair-raising rescue operations in Somalia, or - as Commander in Chief of CENTCOM - directing strikes against Iraq and Al Qaeda. But it was as a peacemaker that he made just as great a mark - conducting dangerous troubleshooting missions all over Africa, Asia, and Europe, and then serving as Secretary of State Colin Powell's special envoy to the Middle East, before disagreements over the 2003 Iraq war and its probable aftermath caused him to resign." Battle Ready follows the evolution of both General Zinni and the Marine Corps, from the cauldron of Vietnam through the operational revolution of the '70s and '80s, to the new realities of the post-Cold War, post-9/11 military - a military with a radically different tools for accomplishing it. Opinions differ sharply about just what that job and those tools should be - and General Zinni makes it clear where he stands.
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ISBN: 0425198928
ISBN13: 978-0425198926
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Tony Zinni,Tony Koltz,Tom Clancy
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (May 3, 2005)
Pages: 464 pages
ePUB size: 1690 kb
FB2 size: 1935 kb
Rating: 4.6
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This is General Zinni's life from 1st Lt. in Vietnam to worldwise mediator of impossible conflicts. It is really dry considering all of the sticky wickets he must have encountered. Unfortunately, only the highest praise is given for anyone else mentioned. I guess he only encountered standup personalities or perhaps just didn't include those who couldn't get it done. There are very few interesting moments after his first tour in Vietnam, which is very early in the book.
I liked the book as it gave insight to "being a Marine". I had hoped this book would have devoted a chapter to details of the Iraq occupation plan that General Zinni developed so I could compare how the Bush Administration executed the War. There were over 600,000 tons of know explosives that were not secured and we have 670,000 that have been given disability including 300,000 traumatic brain injuries from IED's made from these explosives.
This was the perfect companion on a trans-Atlantic flight. Tom Clancy's prose are always easy to identify and always most welcome. I wish the audio version was more available as I'd like to go through the book once again.
I agree with reviewers angry that this book is not about Iraq much. No analysis of current war. I got through the early portions of the book that include Lieutenant Zinni's experiences in Vietnam before realizing that nothing more on Iraq would be said other than the openning description of Clinton's 1998 strike just after the inspectors were taken out then.
I was in Vietnam myself in 1968-1970 in the same area that Zinni was. I found his descriptions accurate, something I have not found in other books or descriptions of that war. Zinni was with Vietnamese Marines just south of Saigon, around the area where refugees would later take off to the seas to get out of Vietnam (Nha Be). (Not all of these refugees were anti-communist, however.) Zinni speaks well of Vietnamese commanders and marines. I would recommend this section of the book for reading, but even for Vietnam Zinni does not analyze the political situation for the civilian population, or reflect on what a communist government means for its people.
Global Progression
Anthony Zinni was Commander of the US Central Command from 1997 to 2000, after Norman Schwarzkopf and before Tommy Franks (who was followed by John Abizaid). Following his retirement, Zinni was asked by Colin Powell and his Deputy, Richard Armitage, to be the Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for the Middle East.
Zinni has subsequently been a strident critic of the Iraq invasion and the Bush administration, particularly the neo-cons in and out of the Pentagon; he has been mentioned as a possible running mate for John Kerry. This book is Zinni's life story, ghost written by a third party and marketed by Tom Clancy. But that's about all it is: what it is not is either an insightful history or a thoughtful policy commentary.
Zinni's military career began in Vietnam in 1961 and spanned a period of exceptional changes as America emerged from the slump of the 60s and 70s to take over the mantle of World Leader after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The US military has been faced with unprecedented requirements to adapt, and Zinni was in the middle of it for 40 years. His story is disappointingly one-dimensional, though, more a discussion of his career than an analysis of the issues.
Critical of the Peace Dividend and the failure to see that difficulties would arise from the ashes of the Cold War, Zinni's analysis is that East-West tensions were replaced by North-South tensions and that states have been replaced as the key players by non-states such as al Qaeda, NGOs and multi-national corporations, enabled by the "global information revolution" and cheap transportation for poor people wishing to emigrate, primarily Muslims to Europe. Zinni laments the absence of a post-Cold War Marshall Plan to deal with the rising tensions. Whether his or anyone's vision was actually so clear in 1989 is open to question.
Zinni's largest missions were the massive and successful relief effort in Iraqi Kurdistan after the first Gulf war and the support of the international relief mission in Somalia (Black Hawk Down). According to Zinni, the problem in Somalia was the UN, focused not on relief as much as on the political mission to establish democracy, excluding the warlords from the process. Zinni is actually quite sympathetic to Mohamed Farah Aideed whom he says was working with the US before the turnover of command to the UN and Zinni's departure.
A supporter of Clinton's instinct for engagement and critical of isolationist tendencies in the Congress that kept resources tight, Zinni identifies 1998 as the year terrorism became an institutional threat. Al Qaeda created a network to link previously disorganized groups to provide training, planning and funding, announcing its arrival that year with the East African embassy bombings (the WTC bombing five years prior is not mentioned). Also that year Zinni met Ahmed Chalabi, supported among others by John McCain, proposing to topple Saddam Hussein with US help; Zinni expressed his disdain, referring to a "Bay of Goats" with "Gucci Guerillas". As Zinni was transferring command to Tommy Franks in 2000, the USS Cole was bombed in Aden and Zinni took the hit before Congress and in the press.
Immediately following 9/11 Colin Powell asked Zinni to take the point on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, another in a long line of well-meaning but utterly doomed such attempts to make peace.
The book is easy reading but there's not a lot of meat unless you're really interested in Tony Zinni's career, per se.
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I bought this book because of my interest in the War in Iraq and what I feel is the Bush administration's mishandling of the situation. That's not what I got.
I found the first part of the book about Tony Zinni's career in the military especially the war in Viet Nam really interesting. Since I am the same age as Zinni I would probably have been in the military with Zinni but for the fact that I am female. Zini's courage and reasoning and ultimate change in philosopby about the explanation for the War in Viet Nam was intersting and highly commendable. Since I have a son in the Marines, his insights into the Marine Corp and its mentality was also interesting. But as with most books by former service persons, I got tired of descriptions of General So and So, "one of the finest officers I've ever served with." Maybe it just comes with the turf, but there was a lot of that. No one was a rotten SOB and I'm sure that he met a few.
One of the problems with the book it too many authors. Perhaps the old adage about too many cooks, also goes along with too many authors. There were too many voices. This made the message very mixed.
If you want a biography of an officer and his career, read the book. But the criticisms of the current political and military situations that Zinni voiced on TV are not in the book. His message is that the military is not prepared for the current world situation and that the military changes very slowly. But it takes a whole book about many other subjects before he gets to that.
Mr Freeman
Read this book many years ago and had loaned it to a friend to read and never got it returned. Reading it a second time has opened up even more than it did this first time.
I have only recently begun to read political books. Zinni provides quite an explaination for those of us in a learning curve. The only shortfall was the abundance of acronyms.