Book buzz

Jan 08, 2014

We woke up this morning to An Excerpt From Robert Gates' 'Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War' in the Wall Street Journal. John Crowley there called it, “Strong stuff.” Toby Harnden at The Times shared from the book: “Gates was ‘angry...outraged..amazed & infuriated’ at ‘micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical’ Congress.” Rick Maze at Army Magazine did the same: “#BobGates ‘No one who had actually been in combat could walk away w/out scars, w/out some post-traumatic stress.’” John Dickerson at CBS News said, “Reading Gates' careful views, it's a shame to watch the whole book get squirted through Twitter. #wetblanketIknow.”

The New York Times doesn’t have an excerpt but they write that In His New Memoir, Robert M. Gates, the Former Defense Secretary, Offers a Critique of the President. Nick Fox there wrote, “Gates says Biden wrong on all foreign policy for 4 decades? VietN? ArmsContrl? Apartheid? IranContra? Balkans? Iraq?” Matthew Dalton at the Wall Street Journal explained, “Gates says Obama personally ordered criminal investigations into news leaks about intelligence operations.” Martha Raddatz with ABC News added, “Bipartisan Critic Turns Gaze Toward Obama. Has a former cabinet sec ever taken on a sitting president like this?”

Not to be outdone, the Washington Post covered the book, writing Robert Gates, former defense secretary, offers harsh critique of Obama’s leadership in ‘Duty’. Ken Thomas from the Associated Press called it a “Night of the book leak. Gates. Ailes.” Mark Albert wrote, “Obama lost faith in his Afghan strategy, Gates memoir asserts.” Philip Gourevitch at The New Yorker tweeted: "Warts & all." Tom Crann with Minnesota Public Radio figured, “This must be the buzz tonight in DC: Gates issues harsh critique of Obama in new memoir ‘Duty.’”

Crann is right, here’s the bit about Roger Ailes in the New York Times written by Julie Bosman and Bill Carter: Biography Casts Critical Light on Fox News Chief. Stephan Salisbury at the Philadelphia Inquirer explained, “New book details Fox News chief's drive for sex and power.” Ryan Chittum with the Columbia Journalism Review tweeted this quote from the book: “Mr Sherman said in the source notes that he interviewed 614 people who knew or worked with Mr. Ailes for the book.” Kara Swisher at Re/code said, “This sounds juicy.”

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