This is going to be the last non-hockey post for a while because of the NHL 2014 playoffs, so let’s get right into it.
This is Gates’ autogbiography, in which he writes about his years as the Secretary of Defence for the US during the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War. Gates has held several important defense positions in American politics, and was the first Secretary of Defense to serve two Presidents. He’s a respected figure, so I was looking forward to reading this book.
I was disappointed. The content is interesting; any personal insight into somewhate covert politics is fascinating. However, Gates’ method of delivery in the book was boring. Very boring. Extremely boring. I really think Gates would have benefitted by letting an author help him write the book. There were some parts of the book that were engaging, but they were punctuated by long stretches of uninteresting writing. The writing just didn’t appeal to me. A lot of it seemed mundane to me, and slightly repetitive.
That being said, Gates did give (or at least I think he did) an honest account of his years as Secretary of Defence. Part of the writing may well be that the job had repititve and mundane tasks, tasks which were nevertheless necessary to carry out. I really love reading autobiographies, but I wasn’t into this one. I wish Gates would have written a memoir including all the interesting highlights of his illustrious career; he held important positions during the Cold War, for example. He may yet write something like that, but I’d leave this book to the side until then.
If I had to rate this book, I’d give it no higher than a 6.5/10. The writing really isn’t great, as it fails to engage the reader for large periods of the book. I don’t recommend this for a read, simply because it bored me so greatly. I may be wrong, and the book may appeal to other people, but I just don’t see it. If you’re looking for a book to read, I don’t think this is the one; however, please do check out some other reviews on my blog if you need something to read!