In this long-awaited memoir, Arnold Punaro presents stories from his personal and public life—from sobering accounts of his days in combat in Vietnam to colorful anecdotes about political luminaries such as John McCain, the Clintons, the Presidents Bush, Colin Powell, Robert Gates, and Ash Carter; from revelations about backroom politics in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill to insights into how decisions are really made inside the Beltway. Punaro draws lessons from his military, government, and industry service to propose how we might attack the serious legislative and fiscal problems facing our country, especially the military.
“This book is informative, and if we’re smart, Arnold’s thoughts will guide us in dealing with today’s security challenges.”
“His insights and analysis [provide] a thought-provoking contribution to the ongoing policy debate.”
“The word ‘insider’ in Washington is the ultimate compliment but it’s often overused. Arnold Punaro is the real thing.”
PUBLISHED OCT 2016 · from THE NAVAL INSTITUTE PRESS