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Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

By Robert M. Gates

 

From the former secretary of defense, Duty is a strikingly candid, vividly written account of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Before Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House in 2006, he thought he’d left Washington politics behind: after working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happy in his role as president of Texas A&M University. Still, when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.