Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace
Leon E. Panetta with Jim Newton. New York: Penguin, 2014. 512 pp. Illus. Index. Notes. $36.
Reviewed by John R. Ballard
Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace is an insightful autobiography filled with useful history. Leon Panetta describes many critical moments of American governance since 1990, including balancing the federal budget in 1993, the Monica Lewinsky affair, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and the negotiations to end the war in Afghanistan in 2013. Alongside only a few such books, Worthy Fights informs good government, leadership, and decision making. Through each presidential administration, Panetta’s common sense and strong character illuminated how an official should act in positions of great responsibility.