McChrystal's Writing a Book

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former commanding general of the Afghanistan battlefield and the Joint Special Operations Command and a Ranger, born and bred, has quietly signed on with Washington uber-literary agent Robert Barnett to write a book about his experiences.


According to a source close to the general, McChrystal does not plan to write about his penultimate career event -- when he was fired for intemperate comments about the President made by his subordinates. Instead, the book will focus on leadership lessons and wisdom from the battlefield that one can apply to life. In the Army, McChrystal was known as a constant innovator and a command "flattener" who discouraged rank-pulling and encouraged sharing and tactical experimentation. 

The source said that it was unlikely McChrystal would focus too much on his years as head of JSOC, given the sensitivity of those missions, but the source noted that McChrystal seems eager to correct the misperceptions that he believes are widespread about the national missions forces he commanded.

No word yet on how much McChrystal will get paid for his book or who will be publishing it.

Barnett declined to comment, as did a rep for McChrystal. 
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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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