Summary of My Share of the Task

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My Share of the Task book summary
Literature on the Afghan conflict is developing now. US Army General Stanley McChrystal adds a revealing entry.


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Retired US Army four-star general McChrystal led the commando operatives who captured Saddam Hussein and killed terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq. McChrystal was an Army Ranger and a Green Beret – often described as a “hard man.” His autobiography provides a rare, educational insider’s view of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The Army gave him maddeningly difficult goals, and he argues that he discharged them with honor, professionalism and effectiveness. This big book covers his military and personal history, but the personal is less known and perhaps more illuminating. The Army threw McChrystal all over the world, from tough assignment to tougher assignment. And if he gives readers more detail where he shines (in command) than where he doesn’t (in the Rolling Stone interview that preceded his retirement), perhaps that’s the human side of a hard man. While politically neutral, getAbstract recommends McChrystal’s insightful take on his lifetime of service.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Who US General Stanley McChrystal is,
  • What career paths he followed to becoming head of US forces in Afghanistan and
  • How he views leadership.


The Ultimate “Hard Man”
US Army four-star General Stanley McChrystal helped lead the war against al-Qaeda in Iraq, commanded the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and directed all military forces in Afghanistan. After 38 years of well-recognized service, he retired from the...
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About the Author

Stanley McChrystal retired in 2010 as a US Army four-star general. His last assignment was commander of the International Security Assistance Force and US forces in Afghanistan.

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