Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

Jim Newton


The inspiring and revelatory autobiography of the safeguard secretary and CIA director who led the intelligence struggle that killed Bin Laden, among many vital roles in a mythical career

It may be acknowledged that Leon Panetta has had of the so much consequential careers of any American public servant long ago fifty years. His first career, starting as a military intelligence officer and together with a distinct run as one of Congress’s strongest and revered members, lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his transformational function as Clinton’s finances czar and White condo leader of employees. He then “retired” to determine the Panetta Institute together with his spouse of fifty years, Sylvia; to serve at the Iraq research Group; and to guard his cherished California beach. But in 2009, he permitted what many stated used to be a thankless task: returning to public place of work because the director of the CIA, taking it from a nation of turmoil after the Bush-era torture debates and relocating it again to the very important heart of America’s conflict opposed to Al Qaeda, including the crusade that ended in the killing of Osama bin encumbered. after which, within the wake of bin Laden’s dying, Panetta grew to become the U.S. secretary of protection, inheriting afflicted wars in a time of austerity and painful choices.

Like his profession, Worthy Fights is a reflection of Panetta’s values. it really is imbued with the frank, grounded, and sometimes relatively humorous spirit of a man who by no means misplaced contact with the place he got here from: his family’s walnut farm in appealing Carmel Valley, California. it's also a testomony to a misplaced sort of political management, which favors growth and duty to state over partisanship. Panetta is a Democrat who driven for balanced budgets whereas also expanding deal with the aged and ill; a devout Catholic who opposes the demise penalty yet had to weigh each drone strike from 2009 through 2011. all through his occupation, Panetta’s polestar has been his trust public servant’s actual selection is between management or predicament. problems continually come about via no fault of one’s personal, yet such a lot can be avoided with braveness and foresight.

As continuously, Panetta calls them as he sees them in Worthy Fights. Suffused with its author’s decency and obdurate good judgment, the booklet is an epic American good fortune tale, a good political memoir, and a revelatory view onto a number of the great figures and occasions of our time.

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