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Taking Command by David Richards

Taking Command

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Retiring in 2013 after 40 years of Army service, General Sir David Richards has been one of our most highly praised Generals, an outspoken voice on the state of the modern armed forces. His outspokenness and candour extends to his autobiography, detailing a career that has led him from Germany, Northern Ireland to Afghanistan and advisor to the Government during the crises in Libya and Syria. His views on the changing nature of the army as he’s experienced it and what he feels the future holds for the British Military make for startling reading.

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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In a career that lasted over forty years, General Sir David Richards served in theatres of operations including Germany, Iraq and East Timor, and in Afghanistan he became the first British general since the Second World War to take overall wartime command of American forces. More recently, as Chief of the Defence Staff, he oversaw the controversial Strategic Defence and Security Review. Here, he has brought his extensive experience to bear in producing a thoughtful – and thought-provoking – autobiography. Richards has not always endeared himself to his superiors. With justification, he went outside his official remit to unilaterally authorise British intervention in Sierra Leone in 2000, confident that this was a moral necessity, and in doing so halted the depredations of the RUF rebels. His candid account reflects the changing face of the British military over the past forty years, offering an authoritative insight into the state of our military today.
~ Charles Williams


Taking Command by David Richards


'This is a most engaging account, both characteristically direct and controversial, of a life of soldiering from the post-imperial era, through the Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan right up to the age of Jihadists and cyber-warfare.'

- Antony Beevor

'Not for many years has there been a CDS with comparable operational experience, nor one who has thought as much about defence.'

-Allan Mallinson, Times Defence Correspondent

'A brilliant memoir by the UK's most significant soldier-scholar-statesman of the new century; a compelling, thoughtful, and thought-provoking read by one who played a key role in virtually every military endeavor of the past decade'

- General David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, retired)

'He has seen just about every combat zone since Sandhurst. One is in the hands of a consummate soldier.'

-Frederick Forsyth

About the Author

D.W. Richards is a member of the Canadian Authors Association and beyond being a novelist he is also a graphic novel creator, script-doctor and freelance writer. In addition to creative writing, D.W. Richards has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology
from Carleton University and is a Certified General Accountant. He divides his time between Ottawa, Canada and Venice, Italy.

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9th October 2014


David Richards

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Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group


384 pages


Biography / Autobiography
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Autobiography: historical, political & military
Warfare & defence



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