Academic journal article Military Review

Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior

Academic journal article Military Review

Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior

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WITHOUT HESITATION: The Odyssey of an American Warrior, Hugh Shelton with Ronald Levinson and Malcolm McConnell, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2010, 554 pages, $27.99.

Retired general Hugh Shelton joined the Army and rose to become the 14th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He had an illustrious career that included two combat tours in Vietnam, serving as the assistant division command of the 101st Airborne Division during the invasion of Iraq during the first Persian Gulf War; command of the 20,000-person joint task force charged with restoring to power Haiti's deposed president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide; and upon promotion to four stars, serving as the commander in chief, U.S. Special Operations Command. As chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Shelton served under presidents Clinton and Bush, overseeing the Kosovo intervention and helping devise the initial military response to 9/11. In Without Hesitation, Shelton recounts his earliest days as a boy growing up in North Carolina through his service as the ranking officer in America's armed forces. He also tells of how he came back from a devastating fall from a ladder after his retirement from the Army, ultimately overcoming total paralysis from the neck down and learning how to walk again.

Following Shelton through his 38 years of service, the reader gets a feel for the Army that fought in Vietnam and then had to repair itself after ten-plus years of sustained combat. …

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