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Books: What Petraeus had before him

In this blog last Friday, we carried a photo of Petraeus sitting in one of his headquarters, I think with a French general at his side. Tom Nissley of Amazon, a prince among men, wondered aloud in his blog just what was the book Petraeus had on the table in front of him. It turns ...

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In this blog last Friday, we carried a photo of Petraeus sitting in one of his headquarters, I think with a French general at his side. Tom Nissley of Amazon, a prince among men, wondered aloud in his blog just what was the book Petraeus had on the table in front of him. It turns out to be Wildcat, a French tome about being an independent French journalist during the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 Iraq war. I wouldn’t worry about this book — being a French journalist is like being a German chef. 

UPDATE on Belgian authors and French generals: Fwiw, I am told that the author of Wildcat is Belgian, not French. But the foreign officer sitting next to Petraeus in the photo is  France’s chairman of the joint chiefs, General Georgelin.  

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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. Twitter: @tomricks1

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