My Share of the Task by General Stanley McChrystal

My Share of the Task

By General Stanley McChrystal

  • Release Date: 2013-01-07
  • Genre: Military
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"General McChrystal is a legendary warrior with a fine eye for enduring lessons about leadership, courage, and consequence." —Tom Brokaw

General Stanley McChrystal is widely admired for his hunger to know the truth, his courage to find it, and his humility to listen to those around him. Even as the commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, he stationed himself forward and frequently went on patrols with his troops to experience their challenges firsthand. In this illuminating New York Times bestseller, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his career. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate. And he paints a vivid portrait of how the military establishment turned itself, in one generation, into the adaptive, resilient force that would soon be tested in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the wider War on Terror.

"A compelling account of his impressive career." -The Wall Street Journal '

"This is a brilliant book about leadership wrapped inside a fascinating personal narrative." -Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

Stanley McChrystal retired in July 2010 as a four-star general in the U.S. Army. His last assignment was as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force and as the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He is currently a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and cofounder of the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm. He and his wife, Annie, live in Virginia.


  • Rabbit Dave

    By G. Hopkins
    What did you fight for? The man was fired by a President that cared more about hanging out with Jay Z. I was under McChrystal's command in Iraq during the bloodiest days. He managed to build a Task Force of all the three letter agencies and military which is unprecedented. He is responsible for killing the most wanted man in iraq. Obama came into office and made him the Commander of all NATO forlces. McChrystal was never a Politician but tried for his Country. Biden spoke bad of him when becoming the Vice President. McChrystal was a Ranger and in the Special Forces. This book is great!!! The man gets paid for running with Business executives in the morning and teaching them his style of leadership. He still works out, only sleeps 4 hours a day, and he might eat more than one meal a daynow. He accomplished what most Generqls didn't and you say he forgot he served? He is giving back to the community and deserves to make the money he makes. He comes off as egotistical at times but deserves that right. Most Americans don't even know what he has done while in service and a moron reporter killed a 30 plus year career. McChrystal is a civilian now get over it.
  • Excellent Read

    By Mhenman
    This book is an excellent insight to the bravery and continued excellence of our men and women in the armed services. Thank you for sharing your memoirs on courage and leadership. The world should be ever so grateful for men like Gen. Stanley McCrystal
  • Good read

    By stbunco
    Good read about. Finally getting his viewpoint on his team during OIF and OEF. Only problem I had with the book is that he does not elaborate on his interaction with US leaders.... Namely Gates, Biden, and Obama......
  • Good insight into leadership

    By Recondo-101
    The general writes about his experiences and views on leadership. It helps to know something about him first in my opinion. My son was his rescue operations briefer in Balad, Iraq and in Afghanistan. He watched the general on 3 or 4 deployments and was impressed by his constant leadership and considered the general a warrior's warrior. The general's physical ability to go on a Seal mission in the Afghan mountains, after Redwing, to illustrate his confidence in the Seals when his other operators felt the Seals were less than; is a good example of a four star going on a combat patrol to bolster the morale of his troops by direct, hands on, action. Perhaps his legacy will be his ability to organize the very best to help him, just by telling them they were needed.
  • My Share of the Task

    By Crystal mcVea
    Awesome read......very upfront and informative. The Gen was in charge of troops in Afghanistan when my son was serving there in 2010 and 2011 .
  • A true tale of leadership

    By twicat1
    Fascinating story, told with a welcomed frankness and a humble perspective of someone who seems to me has has gone above the call of duty. This book has made me reflect on what true leadership really means and how important and hard it can be to walk that path in life.
  • Amazing read

    By BADockins
    General McChrystal shares his amazing experiences that lead to many historical events of our time. It makes me sad to read the disparate military reviews that only serve to reinforce the lack of unity amongst our armed forces. I highly reco this book to both understand McChrystal the man and leader, but also a gripping perspective of the most pivotal historical battles if modern times.
  • West Point Idolotry

    By Whit1981
    Anyone who has been around West Pointers in the Army know they often do not have the pulse of the average force which is enlisted guys with three kids just trying to make a buck. The ego driven West Pointers often have no frame of reference during their military careers as they went from West Point 18 year old to 4 star. No civilian experience, no idea what humanity is about. West Pointers are often mocked and hated in the military because there is a lot of pomp and circumstance. No doubt McChrystal is a fine leader but how much of it is veneer and politicking? Most generals go on and on about morals and just annoy everyone
  • My share of the task

    By Mstrpara
    This is a must read for those the least bit interested in America's wars and soldiers of the last 10 years. Some may say this is fiction--they don't have a clue. A lot of humility and personal pain exhibited in the book and a unique view of events and people. Gen. McChrystal is a gentleman and an American hero that led from out front. Kguest Pipe Creek,TX
  • He has forgotten what he fought for….

    By Rabbitdave
    Don't waste your money. Most of this is just a fiction. He has forgotten what he fought for and this book just proves it.