General Tommy Franks served as the Commander-in-Chief of Centcom, the military authority that led the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq from late 2001 to 2003. These wars were planned and implemented by a very small group of key players: President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and General Tommy Franks. American Soldier is the first in-depth account by one of these players: a dramatic, intimate - and candid - insider's look at the march to war, from the man who commanded the campaigns. Previous books on the Iraq War, such as Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack, have only scratched the surface of this story. American Soldier - which is already being pursued by every major news network - will contain headline after dramatic headline, drawn directly from Franks's own experience and from recently declassified records available here for the first time.
Among the subjects covered: The definitive first-person account, minute-by-minute, of the process of planning both wars: how the decisions were made and why; The most frank and revealing portrait yet of America's wartime leaders in the Bush White House, the Rumsfeld Pentagon, the CIA, and the State Department, and the role their personalities - and sometimes stormy partnerships - played in the moments of critical decision; The most authoritative - and no-holds-barred - account of the Iraq War: from what went right during the initial phase, to what has gone wrong thereafter...including Franks's candid assessment of postwar planning, and the situation in Iraq today; An insider's account of what the United States knew about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program - where the intelligence pointed, what we found, and what it means; General Franks's eye-opening predictions for the future of the region and American democracy in an era of endless conflict