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The Education of General David Petraeus

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Paula Broadwell embedded with General Petraeus, his headquarters staff, and his soldiers on the front lines of fighting and at the strategic command in Afghanistan to chronicle the experiences of this American general in the crucible of war. Her biography All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, calls him the most transformative leader the American military has seen since the generation of Marshall. She looks at Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U.S. military.

Guests:

Paula Broadwell

Comments [18]

Caoilte from London, UK

Really funny to re-read these comments again now....

Nov. 11 2012 12:09 PM
Christine from NYC

Oh, so now this interview makes more sense. All the more reason Leonard should not have allowed her to babble on unchecked.

Nov. 10 2012 07:36 PM

WNYC, hands down this is the worst interview I have ever heard on any of your programming. Leonard Lopate should be ashamed. If he cannot or will not adequately prepare for an interview, he should stick to fluff material like home improvement and quandaries in the English language. Leave the important stuff to Brian.

Jan. 27 2012 10:02 AM
Tom LI

Focus on the idea the author presented early - the big M. The Personal Mythos that Petraeus' mentor taught him. This book is all a part of that...so when Petraeus retires, and he runs for office (he will) his mythos is written by someone besides himself...

I have not read any of the negative press re; the General, I hold him the normal distant high regards for what he has done for his country, and his apparent intelligence - but now I want to read these other articles because of the sycophancy she exhibits...

Jan. 25 2012 07:09 PM
michaelpassick from Greenvale

WOW! THe reaction on this comment section, you would think she wrote a book glorifying Jeffrey Dahlmer. So see told a story about an individual that interested her.
Did Mel Gibson show the bad side of Jesus in his story?

Jan. 25 2012 03:13 PM

...sounds to me like Paula Broadwell is the co-star of that movie.

Jan. 25 2012 03:05 PM

Go, Army™ guys!!!

yeah.

Jan. 25 2012 03:01 PM
me

not that comment this one you idiots:

the title sounds like the title of a gay porn movie.

Jan. 25 2012 02:15 PM
glork from Glen Ridge


Hero-worship does not a book of stature make. If this General is half the man the author claims he is, he himself would season this interview with a measure of humility.If I hadn't seen a photo of the general in the newspapers, I would picture Zeus with a trident and thunderbolt. Perhaps this smug "expert" needs to recall what an honor it is to be invited to this interview- not the other way around. The sarcasm and condescension is so patently obvious that it's uncomfortable.

Jan. 25 2012 01:58 PM
desdemona finch from Brooklyn

She's really laying it on thick. She sounds like she's gotten way too close to her subject. Now, I'm wondering just how "great" he really is. I don't think she's helping or undermining him. Ick.

Jan. 25 2012 01:55 PM
Ro from SoHo

Sorry but no cultures aka people appreciate the wearing of sun glasses when trying to communicate. It's the equivalent of looking away when you're talking to someone. They "eyes have it".

Jan. 25 2012 01:55 PM
me

o come on post my comment it's at least funny, you npr slags are so lame.

Jan. 25 2012 01:53 PM
Nancy from Manhattan

Has the author put Petraeus on Mount Rushmore yet?

Jan. 25 2012 01:53 PM
simon

Leonard I am sorry but you are totally dropping the ball on this interview. How are you not seeing this as propaganda for the general rather than a book about him?

Jan. 25 2012 01:50 PM
Kate from Brooklyn

The interviewee wonders how to prevent PTSD in our "troopers" after multiple tours of duty? This is an easy one: stop fighting useless and bloody wars.

It's clear from the title of the book that there is no pretense to objectivity here. Sounds like she spent too long embedded with this creep.

Jan. 25 2012 01:49 PM

This is just pathetic...

Jan. 25 2012 01:38 PM
simon

This really feels like a slanted biography. I am sad that you are not being more skeptical as an interviewer.

Jan. 25 2012 01:36 PM
gary g from nyc

what a brainwashed little troll,
get back to her total lack of objectivity...

Jan. 25 2012 01:35 PM

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