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From Stars & Stripes and NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’: The latest news on my book

Here’s a nice review of my new book from Stars & Stripes. (Sorry, Hunter.) They get to the point quickly: “The idea that people who aren’t good at their jobs must be fired shouldn’t be a revolutionary concept in a place like the Army, where failure gets people killed.” The bottom line: “Army leaders would ...

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Here’s a nice review of my new book from Stars & Stripes. (Sorry, Hunter.) They get to the point quickly: “The idea that people who aren’t good at their jobs must be fired shouldn’t be a revolutionary concept in a place like the Army, where failure gets people killed.” The bottom line: “Army leaders would do well to take notes.”

I also was on NPR’s Talk of the Nation earlier this week with two novelists whose work I admire, Karl Marlantes and Tim O’Brien. They are both Vietnam vets. It was a moving show. I teared up during one of the phone calls. 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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