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On War and Politics: The Battlefield Inside Washington’s Beltway

Arnold L. Punaro with David Poyer

In his new book On War and Politics: The Battlefield Inside Washington’s Beltway, Arnold Punaro writes about the importance of strong, ethical, moral leadership in all aspects of our lives and how politicians in Washington are failing this critical test. Punaro opens the book in Vietnam—and the ultimate sacrifice made by Marine Cpl. Hammonds, who was killed when he left a safe position to help a wounded Punaro. This example of selflessness has influenced Punaro’s entire career, from causes he championed to leaders he has chosen to work with. After leaving active service, Punaro entered Washington politics. On War and Politics includes stories about political luminaries such as John McCain, the Clintons, the Presidents Bush, Colin Powell, Robert Gates, Sam Nunn (under whom Punaro worked as national security advisor), and Ash Carter.

Maj. Gen. Arnold L. Punaro, USMCR (RET), served thirty-five years in uniform, both active and reserve. He spent twenty-four years in the US Senate, becoming staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Currently CEO of a small business, he was a top industry executive and continues to serve on numerous boards and commissions on national security. He is a sought-after speaker at national security and defense conferences and is frequently quoted in national trade, business publications, and televised media.

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