BOOK REVIEW: Exercise of Power: American Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World

By Robert M. Gates. Alfred Knopf, New York. Hard cover, 452 pp with index and bibliography.US$29.95

Robert M. Gates, who served in the US government for 40 years, ending up as Central Intelligence Agency director and then Defense Secretary, wrote this book in 2020. But it is worth picking it up anew today for just 34 pages in the middle of it -- Gates’ inside view of the US’s 20-year war in Afghanistan, which, if all goes well, ends on September 11, e…

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