Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
Robert M. Gates. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. 618 pp. $35.
Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl, U.S. Army (Retired)
There is a longstanding tradition that retired Cabinet officers do not publish their memoirs during the tenure of the President they served. This is a tradition worth maintaining; it helps Presidents trust the members of their inner circle and increases the likelihood that they will be open and honest in their deliberations with those who serve them.