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My Share of the Task - A Memoir

General Stanley McChrystal

"Never shall I fail my comrades. . . . I will shoulder more than my share of the task, whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some." -from the Ranger Creed In early March 2010, General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, walked with President Hamid Karzai through a small rural bazaar. As Afghan townspeo­ple crowded around them, a Taliban rocket loudly thudded into the ground some distance away. Karzai looked to McChrystal, who shrugged. The two leaders continued greeting the townspeople and listening to their views. That trip was typical of McChrystal's entire career, from his first day as a West Point plebe to his last day as a four-star general. The values he has come to be widely admired for were evident: a hunger to know the truth on the ground, the courage to find it, and the humility to listen to those around him. Even as a senior commander, McChrystal stationed him­self forward, and frequently went on patrols with his troops to experience their challenges firsthand. In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military's most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate. He paints a vivid portrait of the traditional military establishment that turned itself, in one gen­eration, into the adaptive, resilient force that would soon be tested in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the wider War on Terror. McChrystal spent much of his early career in the world of special operations, at a time when these elite forces became increasingly effective-and necessary. He writes of a fight waged in the shadows by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which he led f

"Never shall I fail my comrades. . . . I will shoulder more than my share of the task, whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some." -from the Ranger Creed In early March 2010, General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, walked with President Hamid Karzai through a small rural bazaar. As Afghan townspeo­ple crowded around them, a Taliban rocket loudly thudded into the ground some distance away. Karzai looked to McChrystal, who shrugged. The two leaders continued greeting the townspeople and listening to their views. That trip was typical of McChrystal's entire career, from his first day as a West Point plebe to his last day as a four-star general. The values he has come to be widely admired for were evident: a hunger to know the truth on the ground, the courage to find it, and the humility to listen to those around him. Even as a senior commander, McChrystal stationed him­self forward, and frequently went on patrols with his troops to experience their challenges firsthand. In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military's most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate. He paints a vivid portrait of the traditional military establishment that turned itself, in one gen­eration, into the adaptive, resilient force that would soon be tested in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the wider War on Terror. McChrystal spent much of his early career in the world of special operations, at a time when these elite forces became increasingly effective-and necessary. He writes of a fight waged in the shadows by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which he led f
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"Never shall I fail my comrades. . . . I will shoulder more than my share of the task, whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some." -from the Ranger Creed In early March 2010, General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, walked with President Hamid Karzai through a small rural bazaar. As Afghan townspeo­ple crowded around them, a Taliban rocket loudly thudded into the ground some distance away. Karzai looked to McChrystal, who shrugged. The two leaders continued greeting the townspeople and listening to their views. That trip was typical of McChrystal's entire career, from his first day as a West Point plebe to his last day as a four-star general. The values he has come to be widely admired for were evident: a hunger to know the truth on the ground, the courage to find it, and the humility to listen to those around him. Even as a senior commander, McChrystal stationed him­self forward, and frequently went on patrols with his troops to experience their challenges firsthand. In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military's most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate. He paints a vivid portrait of the traditional military establishment that turned itself, in one gen­eration, into the adaptive, resilient force that would soon be tested in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the wider War on Terror. McChrystal spent much of his early career in the world of special operations, at a time when these elite forces became increasingly effective-and necessary. He writes of a fight waged in the shadows by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which he led f

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kevin Collins

Length:

19h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:05

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

26:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

29:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

28:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

33:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

28:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

31:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

32:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

30:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

29:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

34:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

29:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

30:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

27:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

25:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

26:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

38:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

26:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

30:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

27:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

27:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

24:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

34:26


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

31:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

34:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

30:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

31:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

39:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

24:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

34:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

25:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

17:28