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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 05:32 PM

You guys have to check out the Amazon reviews for "All In"!

They are hilarious! The funniest ones are those reviews made by people who probably know Petraeus or Broadwell. Check out the one by MSNBC military analyst Ken Allard....the dude is probably shitting his pants right now!!!
http://www.amazon.com/All-In-Education-General-Petraeus/dp/1594203180/ref=cm_rdp_product

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Reply You guys have to check out the Amazon reviews for "All In"! (Original post)
Narkos Nov 2012 OP
Patiod Nov 2012 #1
txdemsftw Nov 2012 #6
bemildred Nov 2012 #2
Anthony McCarthy Nov 2012 #3
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #4
lyingsackofmitt Nov 2012 #5
flamingdem Nov 2012 #8
riverwalker Nov 2012 #7
Octafish Nov 2012 #9
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Response to Narkos (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 05:36 PM

1. Too funny


"I hear the working title was the even more fitting 'Balls Deep'

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Response to Patiod (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 06:09 PM

6. omg..

LOL!!

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Response to Narkos (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 05:36 PM

2. Sample:


12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time, November 12, 2012
By
Oh the Ironing. - See all my reviews
This review is from: All In: The Education of General David Petraeus (Hardcover)
Other than the retrospectively ironic title (though I hear the working title was the even more fitting "balls deep" this is a complete waste. Ms. Broadwell is a sub-par writer who got access to a powerful figure by being a "deployment 9". (For the civilians reading this...a deployment 9 is a woman who normally you'd have nothing to do with, but being out in the desert for months on end, just about anything starts to look good giving them an increased rating to their perceived attractiveness. Generally "deployment 9s" are more preoccupied with the attention they get from sex starved comrades than they are with the actual mission, earning them the ridicule of their male peers and the scorn of the women who are actually there to support the fight AT the desk, not under it.)

Very disappointed in the General. Absolutely disgusted by the author.

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Response to Narkos (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 05:36 PM

3. This from a one-star review

 

You'll love this book if you like bureaucratic history and thinly veiled hero worshiping. Lots of pages about team building and communication in a large organization. For that stuff, I prefer David Novak's, Taking People with You. As an biography, it was very disappointing. You find out that David Petraeus can run at youthful speeds for miles, but he doesn't seem to ever breathe hard, sweat or get a sore tendon.

I'd have either put apostrophes around "run" and, perhaps, "tendon".

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Response to Narkos (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 05:41 PM

4. reader reviews

Much wasn't really brought to light or revealed here. One never gets a sense about how Petraeus makes judgements, where he failed and would have done better, or has any insight into him and the thought process. I found The Fourth Star much more robust and insightful. Paula is obviously a fan and didn't have any objectivity in the book. Petraeus is either awesome or super awesome. OK. Got it. Next? There is no more depth.


You'll love this book if you like bureaucratic history and thinly veiled hero worshiping. Lots of pages about team building and communication in a large organization. For that stuff, I prefer David Novak's, Taking People with You. As an biography, it was very disappointing. You find out that David Petraeus can run at youthful speeds for miles, but he doesn't seem to ever breathe hard, sweat or get a sore tendon. That is, the book lacks human details and insight into the man. I doubt that General Petraeus is just a phenomenal bureaucrat, but I'll have to wait for a great biography to find out

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Response to Narkos (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 06:07 PM

5. Needs a new title...

Balls In?
Balls Deep?

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Response to lyingsackofmitt (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 06:38 PM

8. Tits up is more like it nt

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Response to Narkos (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 06:27 PM

7. the most poignant

Men and women were dying in the field while these two were screwing around. Please David Petraeus; lead from the front

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 07:17 PM

9. LOL!

Allard's on page 6. Wow.



4 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars

Inevitable General, Inevitable Best-Seller, February 4, 2012

By C. Kenneth Allard "Former MSNBC Military Analyst" (San Antonio TX) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)

This review is from: All In: The Education of General David Petraeus (Hardcover)

Despite being a regular reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, I was pre-empted from assessing ALL IN because David Petraeus has been a colleague, fellow soldier and loyal friend for almost 30 years. Having lived small parts of that history with him, I found it impossible to put this book down. A delightful surprise was discovering Paula Broadwell's superb and effortless writing. She admires her subject but never confuses the last briefing chart (of which there are several) with a narrative that makes you feel like an eye-witness. Ms Broadwell's definitive biography shows exactly why many of my contemporaries regard David Petraeus as the best soldier of our generation - and possibly the greatest American general since George C. Marshall. You need not agree with the twin insanities of fighting in Afghanistan or leading the CIA (where there are marginally fewer landmines but equally intense tribal rivalries) to appreciate why many of us believe Petraeus still deserves his fifth star.

For once, the usual book-jacket hype by luminaries is not only well-deserved but even understated. Reading it, you might even echo the famous closing reflection from Michener's The Bridges of Too-Ri, "Where do we get such men?" Or, with Paula Broadwell, such superb soldier-scholars who just happen to be women.

COL Ken Allard, USA (Ret.)



Wish COL Allard and more of his fellow experts in Corporate McPravda would read and review "JFK and Vietnam" or "Oswald and the CIA" by John M. Newman.

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Response to Narkos (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 07:47 PM

10. Give new meaning to "embedded with"

"Broadwell embedded with the general, his headquarters staff, and his soldiers ...."

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