The McChrystal Way of War

The general was an innovative thinker in the midst of major changes in the Army.

Issue: Mar-Apr 2013

Stanley McChrystal, My Share of the Task: A Memoir, 464 pp., $29.95.

UNLIKE TOLSTOY’S families, uninteresting books are uninteresting in their own way; interesting books all operate on several levels. Retired U.S. Army general Stanley McChrystal’s My Share of the Task operates on three levels: first, the level of military memoir; second, as a detailed, even intimate, inside perspective on the concurrent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and third, and perhaps most important historically, as an account of the U.S. military’s transition from traditional wars between nation-states to the unconventional and irregular insurgency warfare of the early twenty-first century.

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