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eBook A Soldier First download ISBN: 1554684927
Author: Rick Hillier
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First Edition edition (April 14, 2015)
Language: English
Pages: 544
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Category: Biography
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Finalist for the CBA Libris Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year. In the summer of 2008, General Rick Hillier resigned his command as Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces. You could almost hear the sigh of relief in Ottawa as Canada's most popular, and most controversial, leader since the Second World War left a role in which he'd been as frank-speaking, as unpredictable, and as resolutely apolitical as any military leader this country has ever seen. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Hillier joined the military as a young man and quickly climbed the ranks.

A Soldier First book. In Afghanistan, Canada faced its first combat losses since the Korean War and every casualty suddenly became front-page news

A Soldier First book. In Afghanistan, Canada faced its first combat losses since the Korean War and every casualty suddenly became front-page news.

In the summer of 2008, General Rick Hillier retired as Chief of the Defence staff of the Canadian Forces

In the summer of 2008, General Rick Hillier retired as Chief of the Defence staff of the Canadian Forces. You could almost hear the sigh of relief in Ottawa as Canadas most popular, and most controversial, military leader since the Second World War left a role in which hed been as frank, unpredictable and resolutely apolitical as any of his predecessors.

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His first bestselling book, A Soldier First, recounts his role and experiences within the Canadian military, while his latest (also . Book General Rick Hillier as a keynote speaker for your next event by contacting: infokers.

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General Rick Hillier OC CMM ONL MSC CD (born 1955) is a former Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces. He held this appointment from February 4, 2005, to July 1, 2008. He retired on July 1, 2008, and was replaced by former Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) Walter Natynczyk. He is also the highest ranking Newfoundland and Labrador officer in history.

Format Paperback 552 pages. Dimensions 140 x 216 x 3. mm 653g. Publication date 05 Oct 2010. Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Inc.

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In the summer of 2008, General Rick Hillier retired as Chief of the Defence staff of the Canadian Forces.

The number one-bestelling blockbuster about the life and career of Canada's most controversial and popular military leaders

Finalist for the CBA Libris Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year

In the summer of 2008, General Rick Hillier resigned his command as Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces. You could almost hear the sigh of relief in Ottawa as Canada's most popular, and most controversial, leader since the Second World War left a role in which he'd been as frank-speaking, as unpredictable, and as resolutely apolitical as any military leader this country has ever seen.

Born and raised in Newfoundland, Hillier joined the military as a young man and quickly climbed the ranks. He played a significant role in domestic challenges, such as the 1998 ice story that paralyzed much of eastern Ontario and Quebec, and he quickly became a player on the international scene, commanding an American corps in Texas and a multinational NATO task force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. But it was his role as General Rick Hillier, Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff, that defined him as a Canadian public figure. In Afghanistan, Canada faced its first combat losses since the Korean War and every casualty suddenly became front-page news. A country formerly ambivalent or even angry about its role in the conflict suddenly became gripped by the drama playing out not only in the war zone of a country half-way around the world, but in the unfriendly conference rooms in the country's capital as Hillier pulled no punches, demanding more funding and more troops and more appreciation for the women and men fighting a war on foreign soil.

Comments: (5)
Shazel
This book reveals a number of needs:
1. for a well trained militia of citizen soldiers who are also physically fit for any military role they are called upon from time to time including aid to the civil power as well as offensive operations against a recognized enemy;
2. for a public which is well informed on the issues which affect our country and the the need for a well equipped and trained permanent military presence to deal with them when called upon by parliament;
3. an ability by defence commanders to take such decisions in consequence of directives from parliament (not from the entrenched bureaucracy) as may be seen reasonably to deal with real or existing problems and threats in a timely manner.
4. an interdiction directed to the bureaucacy to refrain from impairing or delaying such military decisions when reached by the Chief of Defence Forces and staffs subordinate to him or her in furtherance of the above purposes and goals;
5. a denial to the bureaucracy to interfere with the procurement of weapons and supplies deemed necessary by the C.D.S. irrespective of the source of such materials so long as such procurement is within the fiscal bounds established by parliament.

This book is well researched by its author and is highly readable by all persons irrespective of whether they have seen active military service of not. It underlines the powers which the bureaucracy have taken upon themselves due to the inability from time to time of parliament and/or elements thereof to reach considered decisions when such are needed in a timely manner. It further underlines the failure of previous governments to recognize current threats against the sovereignty of our country and to rely on the old option "let someone else do it" which has created an inability for the citizenry (partly due to the media's indifference to matters of a extra-territorial nature) to recognize the value of a well prepared and equipped armed forces.
Eigeni
I have had the privilege of working for General Hillier in his Division Staff when he commanded the Multi National Division South West (MND SW) of the Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Banja Luka, Bosnia in 2000-2001. He is the most inspiring and professional commander I've ever worked for. General Hillier was a great example, with a good sense of humour, and a real people manager. This book reflects all those great characteristics. Having worked with the Canadian Forces (CF) in Bosnia, the UK and Afghanistan, this book provides a good insight in the transformation process the CF went through. General Hillier's career reflects this process, from (the end of) the Cold War, through the Peace Support Operations era, to eventually a full scale Counterinsurgency in South-Afghanistan. I wish I could have read this book ten years ago, enabling me tot develop a deeper understanding of the CF military culture.
LtCol (RNLA) Rienk Sijbrandi MA
Envias
Books about Canadian generals and admirals are rare. Books written by one even rarer. A book by one that is not only revealing and informative, but also entertaining: well, I can only think of one other, and that's retired Canadian Major-General Lewis MacKenzie's very personal account of his time in the former Yugoslavia as a United Nations commander. The latter was a best-seller in Canada several years ago, and undoubtedly Hillier's book will be too. Both men share an uncommon gift for easy communication, clear exposition, and blunt statement. You don't get to high command in any military organization without the ability to make your directions and orders unequivocally understandable; crystal clarity and lack of verbiage under these circumstances are virtues, not a sign of any authorial deficiency. In absolute conformity with with his public personna, General Rick Hillier uses words skillfully, but simply, and doesn't let them get in the way of telling a great and engrossing story. That story is only partly about himself, his rise in the Canadian Forces, and his personal actions as a NATO commander in Afghanistan and latter as a transforming Chief of Defence Staff in Canada's capital of Ottawa. Rather, throughout the real story is the resurrection of Canada's much maligned and ill-treated military, from a place of seeming irrelevance in Canadian society and governmental policy to its present high profile and position of respect and perceived effectiveness. Much of this is due to Hillier himself and a cohort of like-minded officers who struggled during the dark days of 1990's neglect and came close to despair when faced with the lack of any understanding of and appreciation for the Canada's armed forces. But as Hillier constantly emphasizes, the true source of Canadians' reconnection with their Army, Navy, and Air Force is the professional men and women who serve in them. They form the real core of this remarkable story: their hard and demanding work under unpleasant and dangerous circumstances, their demonstrated ability to cope with almost any situation, and their sense of humour while doing so are all show-cased in great detail in this book. One thing is always very clear: Hillier may not like the present obstructionist bureaucracy in Ottawa, he may think even less of the more bloated bureaucracy in NATO's headquarters in Europe, he may have clashed verbally with the likes of U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld...but what is always abundantly evident is his L O V E (not too strong a word!) for the men and women who served under him, and for whose lives he was ultimately reponsible! Great book! Great Man!
Jum
I got the book from the library and I think I will buy it. When I read this book I read it within one week because it was so captivating. The General reveals the very core issues of bureaucracy within the state and shows the detrimental effects of such a massive structure on the Canadian Forces. He transformed the military into what it is now and that is part of his legacy.

This book will take you on a journey that starts in his formative years all the way through the peacekeeping years into the deadly Yugoslavian Disintegration, Rwandan Genocide, First Gulf War, the Somali Affair, the Decade of Darkness, to 9/11, Afghanistan and the CF Transformation. If you are interested in the military, like politics, enjoy reading autobiographies than you should pick up this book. Awesome man. Very inspirational.