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Author: General NormanH. Schwarzkopf
ISBN13: 978-0553405514
Title: It Doesn't Take a Hero; The Autobiography
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Category: Military
Publisher: Bantam Books; 3rd edition (1993)

It Doesn't Take a Hero; The Autobiography by General NormanH. Schwarzkopf

Start reading It Doesn't Take a Hero on your Kindle in under a minute. I thoroughly enjoyed reading of Schwarzkopf's long and varied military career. Though a very long book, it never got boring. He actually visited Iran as a child while his father was working there, and was so fascinated with the country and the culture that he vowed to return some day. He barely made it into West Point (it was difficult to secure the necessary recommendations due to his father's position), but thrived while he was there, and went to USC for a post-graduate course, his first time at a co-ed school!

It Doesn't Take a Hero book. He set his star by a simple motto: duty, honor, country  . I remembered General Schwarzkopf very well from Desert Storm and was always very impressed by him. This autobiography details everything from being a West Point son to his own distinguished career. I truly feel I learned a lot by reading this book. The General’s life, the ways of the military, and everything there is to know of Desert Storm.

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It Doesn’t Take a Hero. The Autobiography of General Norman Schwarzkopf. By Norman Schwarzkopf. A fine and lucid book, teeming with vitalit. chwarzkopf is a compelling storyteller. A must-rea. riveting reminder that one man can influence major events. An excellent book by an excellent ma. –The Wall Street Journal. Looking for More Great Reads?

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1992: It Doesn’t Take a Hero: The Autobiography of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf by Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. For many years after his retirement from the military, General Schwarzkopf maintained an active schedule of speaking engagements. In later years, he used his fame to raise public awareness of prostate cancer.

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Reviews: 7
I've read this book 3 times now. Schwarzkopf's story is well written & easy to read, so you keep turning the pages. I know next to nothing about the military & this book had the right amount of detail & information without becoming bogged down in the minutia & tedious details for someone like me. I think Schwarzkopf was more hard nosed than the book portrayed him as, I don't think anyone becomes a general without that characteristic. The book did liked to portray Schwarzkopf's heart as being in the right place even though he must have been tough.
The General writes like a professional. It seems as if you are listening to him tell you what his feelings are each moment of his story. He's not a complex person. He grew up with the dream of going to West Point and making a career in the army. He also dreamed of a wife and family, but that was a secondary goal and he wasn't sure it would fit well with life as a professional soldier.

Of course, when love happens, it's unexpected and more than he'd ever hoped. He covers his entire military career, along with his personal life and it may surprise you how he discloses the gritty and, sometimes dirty, underside of Army life. He is candid about White House decisions he disagreed with, while maintaining respect for the White House and offices held by key players.

Altogether, a pleasing, fast read.
This book was revealing of things we never heard about and also some that are disgustingly the same-news people and politics, arm chair second guessers- to mention a few. It was written in such an interesting easy read style as if he were in conversation with a few people. It is a very long book but one cannot wait to be able to continue the book when you have the time to read. I was impressed by his family and very much impressed with General Schwarzkopf's thinking and remaining a kind, caring person as he moved from position to more responsible positions throughout his life of service in the army.
This was a very interesting story.

I got and read this book in winter 2014-2015. There were some deep ideas about the Middle East that come from the subject's life of experience as an American abroad. I probably learned more about the Middle east from this book than I did from the last 100 NY Times stories about that region combined.

Also, the personal story is profound. Schwarzopf was occasionally dropped in to very difficult situations (a mismanaged unit in Vietnam for example). I felt like I learned a lot from his descriptions of the attitudes that he took to these problems.

The most striking passage to read in 2015 was his description of why they never considered invading Iraq after Desert Storm. I will leave it to you to read, but it definitely resonates in the aftermath of the Bush-Cheney administration.
This is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. My husband and I read it together and he concurs. It was so well written - very "conversational" - and presented such a candid, balanced viewpoint. He related his personal life as clearly and honestly as he did his military life. We both enjoy auto- and biographies, we both love history, and this book represented our OWN era of history. We remember watching the press conferences during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. My husband served in the Marine Corps in Viet Nam (not long after Schwarzkopf was there) so could relate to some of the experiences in the book. We both have a deep respect for our military and an undying love for our country. This book did not disappoint, and is hands-down one of the best we have read. I feel like I'm "gushing", but it was just a great read!
Even though I am a Marine and spent from '65 to '06 on active and reserve service I enjoyed this book. A friend gave me a paperback copy and after reading about 15 pages, I went to Amazon and bought the ebook for my Kindle. This books is not just about the Gulf War, it takes us from the General's early days up through his retirement. His writings about what he saw from a general's viewpoint was especially interesting as well as his insight into the Arab mind. I truly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the military and, especially, the Gulf War.
This book is a very easy and enjoyable read. It was also an educational book as how a young man becomes a General in the US Army. The book has its lighter moments with very hectic and exciting war drama moments ranging in three different wars that the General participated in. The bottom line its, just a great book honoring a great military General of the United States. Purchase and read the book, you will be glad you did.
I really enjoyed this book. It is an autobiography of a contemporary man. So there will be many revisions or re-tellings of the story as the future becomes the present, but for now 20 years down the road the story rings true. I would have liked a chart of the different levels of generals. I'm not up to speed on who answers to who at that level, and I was confused but not to the extent of interrupting the story. A diagram of the command structure in CINC COM, with names and military units would have been helpful too. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in contemporary history, military history, or male biographies.