Serving or Self-Serving? A Review Essay of Robert Gates's Memoir

Author
Robert Jervis
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
129
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Summer 2014
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
Robert Jervis reviews Robert Gates's recently published memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. The reviewer argues that the memoir is very revealing, but inadvertently so insofar as it shows for example Gates's failure to focus on the key issues involved in the decisions to send more troops to Afghanistan and his inability to bridge the gap between the perspectives of the generals and of the White House.
Topic
War
Political Geography
Afghanistan