Duty

Memoirs of a Secretary at War

by Robert M. Gates

Hardcover, 618 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $35 | purchase

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Duty
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Memoirs of a Secretary at War
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Robert M. Gates

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The former Secretary of Defense offers a candid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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8 weeks on NPR Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List

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Robert Gates in June 2011, his last month as secretary of defense. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he didn't want to wait until Obama's term was up before releasing his memoir because the issues were too urgent. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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