Chain of Command – Caspar Weinberger

This is one of those books that I didn’t know existed until I stumbled across it on the clearance racks at Half Price Books as I was looking for something else.  But, because it was written by former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, and it was $1, I decided to put it in the basket and give it a shot.  Turns out to be a dollar well spent.

It probably didn’t – and won’t – win any awards for literary merit but it’s pretty suspenseful with plenty of action.  While the scenario he presents is pretty far-fetched, it’s not so outlandish that you find yourself believing that it could never happen.  And, you know as you’re reading it that the author has an insider’s perspective on how the Washington game is played.  If he were still alive, I would look forward to reading more from Weinberger as a novelist as I suspect he could have built on the foundation he laid here.

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