Inside the Five-Sided Box
Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon
Large type / large print edition
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political
Jun 25, 2019
6.04 x 9.15 x 1.36 in
Random House Large Print
From the former Secretary of Defense, a fascinating, behind-the-scenes memoir that reveals the inner workings of the Pentagon. A straight-talking account that explains not only what happens in the Pentagon but why—and why it matters—written by the man who used to run it.
There is no single institution in America as big as the Department of Defense. It spends more money than any other. It employs millions of Americans. It owns and operates more real estate than any other entity. It manages the world’s largest and most complex information network and performs more scientific research by far than any other institution.
For all these reasons, the Pentagon is a vast and powerful presence in our national life. Yet to most Americans, it is mysterious—a largely opaque five-sided box that many regard with a mixture of awe and suspicion. Especially now, as the president levels accusations against the Pentagon and other intelligence agencies, the need for this book, which demystifies the Pentagon and lays bare the inner workings of Department of Defense, is more urgent than ever. And there is no person alive better suited to telling it than the 25th Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter.
This will be the essential book for understanding the Pentagon and America’s defense establishment. As secretary, Carter advised President Obama and transformed the department’s strategic thinking and operations on critical global politics. Drawing from Carter’s thirty-six years of experience at the Defense Department, including the department’s #2 and #3 jobs before serving as secretary, this memoir provides clear insight into the most important decisions of the last four decades, to shed light on exactly what is happening inside one of the nation’s most iconic buildings and most closely guarded institutions.
VALUABLE INSIDER INFORMATION: Secretary Carter offers the unique, sometimes controversial, perspective of a thirty-year veteran of the Defense Department; he has worked with a succession of national leaders over the decades to create and employ our most important foreign and domestic policy.
RELEVANT PERSPECTIVE ON THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY: As Trump continues to assault American intelligence agencies, the need for this book that explains the true purposes and workings of the Pentagon has become particularly urgent.
HIGHLY RESPECTED CAREER POLITICIAN: Ash Carter is lauded for his level-headedness and sharp leadership ability—an immeasurably valuable voice of reason in today’s political discourse, where rationality and even-temperedness are lacking.
CROSS PROMOTION: Simultaneous publication with the Dutton hardcover. Also available as an unabridged audiobook from Penguin Audio.
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