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July 21, 2023

The Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of America at War

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Book Review: https://media.defense.gov/2023/Jul/21/2003265259/-1/-1/0/230721-A-JQ161-0001.JPG
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Book Review: The Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of America at War 

Author: R. D. Hooker Jr. 

| Reviewed by Joseph J. Collins, PhD, retired US Army colonel | 

Retired Army colonel Rich Hooker’s The Good Captain is a memoir spanning the Cold War through the Global War on Terror. Hooker’s deployments take up the bulk of the book and include Grenada with the 82nd Airborne Division, Somalia to work with legendary Ambassador Bob Oakley, Zaire to coordinate humanitarian operations in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Kosovo as a parachute infantry battalion commander, the Sinai Peninsula for peacekeeping operations, command of the Dragon Brigade in Iraq and, in his last year of service, Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. His description of the politics of the high command bears close examination. 

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Keywords: service, Iraq, Afghanistan, War on Terrorism, Cold War, military