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“The Fourth Star”: How our generals got to be that way

CNAS is gonna hold a huge party for the publication of The Fourth Star, a book about four important contemporary Army generals: Petraeus, Casey, Chiarelli, and Abizaid. You can attend the event on the evening of Oct. 13 and even get a free glass of wine, but you have to RSVP here. I’ve read  the ...

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CNAS is gonna hold a huge party for the publication of The Fourth Star, a book about four important contemporary Army generals: Petraeus, Casey, Chiarelli, and Abizaid.

You can attend the event on the evening of Oct. 13 and even get a free glass of wine, but you have to RSVP here.

I've read  the book and highly recommend it. One anecdote alone, about then-Col. John Abrams suborning then-Lt. Col Peter Chiarelli to get his soldiers to cheat in a NATO tank gunnery competition, is worth the price of the book.

CNAS is gonna hold a huge party for the publication of The Fourth Star, a book about four important contemporary Army generals: Petraeus, Casey, Chiarelli, and Abizaid.

You can attend the event on the evening of Oct. 13 and even get a free glass of wine, but you have to RSVP here.

I’ve read  the book and highly recommend it. One anecdote alone, about then-Col. John Abrams suborning then-Lt. Col Peter Chiarelli to get his soldiers to cheat in a NATO tank gunnery competition, is worth the price of the book.

(I e-mailed Gen. Abrams yesterday to ask him about this episode, but haven’t heard back.)  

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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