- By Thomas E. RicksThomas 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.