Worthy fights : a memoir of leadership in war and peace by Newton, Jim; Panetta, Leon E

By Newton, Jim; Panetta, Leon E

The inspiring and revelatory autobiography of the safety secretary and CIA director who led the intelligence battle that killed Bin encumbered, between many very important roles in a mythical profession it can be stated that Leon Panetta has had of the main consequential careers of any American public servant long ago fifty years. His first profession, starting as a military intelligence officer and together with a exceptional run as Read more...

summary: The inspiring and revelatory autobiography of the security secretary and CIA director who led the intelligence warfare that killed Bin weighted down, between many very important roles in a mythical occupation it may be stated that Leon Panetta has had of the main consequential careers of any American public servant long ago fifty years. His first occupation, starting as a military intelligence officer and together with a exotic run as one among Congress's strongest and revered contributors, lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his transformational position as Clinton's finances czar and White residence leader of employees. He then "retired" to set up the Panetta Institute along with his spouse of 50 years, Sylvia; to serve at the Iraq examine staff; and to guard his cherished California beach. yet in 2009, he accredited what many stated was once a thankless job: returning to public place of work because the director of the CIA, taking it from a kingdom of turmoil after the Bush-era torture debates and relocating it

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It was a lesson I would later have the opportunity to reflect upon. In the meantime, the war was in one sense good for my family. Fort Ord kept growing as a major hub of training activity for American soldiers bound for the war. Monterey was jumping with off-duty soldiers and sailors—and the restaurant was too. Business boomed through those years, and my father proved to be a street-smart investor. He bought a couple of rental properties and supplemented his income from the café with rent payments.

He knew where to look for a nice Italian girl. In 1932, he sailed for Italy. He found my mother in church. Family lore is a little murky on the details but clear on the basics: Having returned to Calabria, at the toe of the boot of Italy, my father ventured down the mountains from his native Gerace to the slightly more prosperous coastal village of Siderno. There, he stood at the back of a church one Sunday and spotted a tall, dark-haired, attractive young woman. He made inquiries and discovered that the lovely eighteen-year-old Carmelina who had caught his eye was the daughter of Giuseppe Prochilo, a local member of the merchant marine.

As I came to know Kuchel better, I grew to appreciate what an uncommon character he was—principled without being particularly ideological, forceful without being doctrinaire. He was supportive of the president on foreign affairs, which meant that in 1966, when I arrived, he was a determined backer of President Johnson on Vietnam, as he had been of Eisenhower’s foreign and military policy. He greatly admired Senator Richard Russell on national defense questions, and consistently voted to increase defense spending.

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