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Posts Tagged ‘Stanley McChrystal’

TED Talks Speakers Recommend Summer Reads

TEDTalksLooking for something good to read this summer?

TED Talks speakers Elizabeth Gilbert, Melinda Gates, Bill Gates, Rashida Jones, Clay ShirkyUzoamaka Maduka, Amanda PalmerStanley McChrystal and Blood Orange have put together their lists of recommended reads.

Check it out: “Summer: the season for cracking open a good book under the shade of a tree. Below, we’ve compiled about 70 stellar book recommendations from members of the TED community. Warning: not all of these books can be classified as beach reads. And we think that is a good thing.”

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Michael Hastings Afghanistan Book Reportedly Dropped By Little, Brown

Despite the fact that Michael HastingsThe Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan is still listed on Amazon, one report suggests that Little, Brown has dropped its book deal with the Rolling Stone reporter.

The New York Post reports: “Sources said that super agent Andrew Wylie had quietly begun offering the manuscript to other publishers this week.”

The book is to be based on Hastings’ article “The Runaway General,” an essay exposing  high-level insubordination in the military. The article helped get Gen. Stanley McChrystal — the official running the war in Afghanistan at the time — fired.

Jon Krakauer Criticizes Gen. Stanley McChrystal

jon23.jpgOn Meet the Press this weekend, author Jon Krakauer made headlines for criticizing the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan for the role he played after the death of football star and soldier, Pat Tillman.

During the show, Krakauer (pictured, via) debates why Gen. Stanley McChrystal helped give a “fraudulent” medal to Tillman after the star died in a friendly-fire incident. In the video, the author watches a clip of the General explaining why he gave the medal to the football star–an event that Krakauer studies in his new book, “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.”

Here’s more from the article: “He, he just said now he didn’t read this hugely important document about the most famous soldier in the military. He didn’t read it carefully enough to notice that it talked about enemy fire instead of friendly fire? That’s preposterous. That, that’s not believable.” (Via Huffington Post)