Memoirs of a Secretary at War

by Robert M. Gates

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


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Book Summary

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.

Awards and Recognition

8 weeks on NPR Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List

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The Two-Way

Gates Says He Wept Each Evening Over Troops' Deaths

The former secretary of defense also tells NPR that he fears extended tours of duty in war zones contributed to a rise in suicides among military personnel.

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