PUBLISHED/St. Martin's Press
Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior Memoir/Military
Gen. Hugh Shelton with Ronald Levinson and Malcolm McConnell
“Hugh Shelton’s life is a great American story of humble beginnings, fierce determination, patriotism and honor. He’s been a warrior’s warrior, a general’s general—and always a truth teller. Without Hesitation is a book for our times.” —Tom Brokaw
“General Shelton is a man from another time, when honor and one’s word were more important than personal gain and the fiscal bottom line. I hope there are more like him out there. We need them now, more than ever.”
—Tom Clancy, New York Times bestselling author
Named as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the second Clinton administration, Gen. Hugh Shelton was in that position as a member of the Bush administration during 9/11. Now, for the first time, he shares his personal experiences behind-the-scenes at the Pentagon and White House to reveal the often shocking inner workings of our government at the highest level in times of crises. With two tours in Vietnam under his belt as a Green Beret and as a member of Project Delta—the precursor to Delta Force, command of both the 82nd and 101st Airborne, and involvement in the invasion of Haiti, the war in Kosovo, and Operation Desert Storm among others, Hugh Shelton is an American hero, a soldier par excellence, and a man with a story to tell.
As a registered Independent who rose to the elevated position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and served during both Democratic and Republican administrations, Hugh Shelton faced the kinds of challenges most Americans wouldn’t dream existed. By sharing inside encounters with Bill Clinton, George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Gen. Tommy Franks, Al Gore, Gen. Wes Clark, Gen. David Petraeus and many others, Shelton will shed new light on the inner-working of our government at the highest level.
In addition to candidly delving into the characters, personalities, strategies and politics, General Shelton covers key military operations that have yet to be explored; as well as the biggest battle of them all--his fight to recover from a paralyzing spinal cord injury, even after medical experts declared that he would never walk again. But miraculously, it not only didn’t destroy him, it makes him stronger.