No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy: The Life of General James Mattis

No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy: The Life of General James Mattis

The first in-depth look at the marine hero who has become one of the most beloved and admired men in America today: Secretary of Defense James Mattis. A devout student of history and erudite reader revered by rank and file soldiers, officers, academics, politicians, and ordinary citizens, General James Mattis is one of the most admired leaders serving America today. A man w The first in-depth look at the marine hero who has become one of the most beloved and admired men in America today: S...

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Title:No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy: The Life of General James Mattis
Author:Jim Proser
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:006280393X
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy: The Life of General James Mattis Reviews

  • Tim
    Sep 26, 2018
    Very worthwhile book that covers the life to date of James Mattis, US Secretary of Defense. It bordered on being a hagiography at times, but the connections between events (Kobar bombing, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, 1991-Iraq/Kuwait war, the 1993 Twin Towers bombing, 9-11, and t...
  • Grady
    Aug 07, 2018
    ?Mattis and Trump agree that, unlike previous administrations, there will be no public discussion of American military plans or timetables ? Florida author Jim Proser began his professional writing career at age 15 as a city reporter for the Lambertville (NJ) Beacon newspaper an...
  • Ann
    Oct 31, 2018
    The title of this book is a phrase taken by General Mattis from a great Roman general, as a motto for a marine. He lives a life of strong moral values and strict code of conduct and wanted all Marines to feel that they personally could be a standard bearer for No Better Friend, No Wors...
  • Beth
    Nov 21, 2018
    As I read this "Life of General Mattis", there are questions swirling around the media asking if Trump will fire him from his Secretary of Defense position. Currently Mattis has told the troops on the Mexican Border not to read media about what they are doing but to do what their super...
  • Jon
    Oct 13, 2018
    I've always admired the Warrior Monk and now even more so. The book could have been better written but the story of such a dynamic man was very impressive. ...
  • David
    Dec 11, 2018
    Thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated this look at Secretary of Defense James Mattis. My only reservation is that I wish that it had delved a bit more deeply into Mattis' life prior to the Marine Corps, but the substance of it spot on. I can think of no better way to a get a clear picture...
  • Laurie
    Aug 26, 2018
    Amazing man! ...
  • Whalente
    Jan 11, 2019
    I?m a huge fan of General Mattis but this book was disappointing. It was largely a rehash of many articles I?ve read about him. I had hoped for a more intimate portrayal of the General but this felt more like a reporter writing from the sidelines. There was very limited discussion ...
  • False
    Jan 31, 2019
    An interesting read, given the timing of "did he quit or did Trump fire him." I'm in the "he quit" school, and this isn't a man that gives up on anything easily. I think this is the general as quoted saying about the White House, "This is a crazy house." A moralistic, ethical man of pr...
  • Bruce
    Feb 03, 2019
    Much like Mattis, Proser unwinds the life of Gen Mattis in straightforward, unadulterated prose. However, the book is long on strategy and tactics and far too succinct on Mattis' life; which has to be more than just Jim Mattis the Marine. Ergo, the 4-star rating. Much like Trump, wh...
  • Dennis Hogan
    Dec 22, 2018
    Just finished No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy: The Life of General James Mattis by Jim Proser, a book recommended to me by a retired Marine buddy. The timing of reading this book in light of this past week?s headlines is fortuitous. Jim Mattis is brilliant yet humble man, notably re...
  • Jimmy
    Dec 20, 2018
    This is the first book on James Mattis. Mattis is probably our generation?s best combat general. A career Marine who served in uniform for forty four years he also went on to become the Secretary of Defense and one who received nearly unanimous bipartisan support for his nomination w...
  • Fred Leland
    Dec 29, 2018
    I listened to the audiobook edition while tucking. It was a great book to listen to and I learned much more about General Mattis, who is one hell of a Marine and combat veteran. Care deeply about his marines and trusted them to do their jobs, even with everything on the line. ...
  • David Steele
    Sep 07, 2018
    Inspirational and informative. ...
  • Robert
    Oct 11, 2018
    You can't go wrong with General Jim Mattis. On a personal basis or on a professional basis, this is the man to emulate. The writing is crisp, reveals things I didn't know (he's from Richland, WA; he got sucked in by the Theranos garbage show; he doesn't like the nickname Mad Dog). Some...
  • Melissa Tevlin
    Oct 12, 2018
    If you are purchasing this to read about General Mattis's life, this is not the book for you. About 95% of this is about battles led by Mad Dog. This is a good book if you are big on military actions, but not for those who do not like historical events. ...
  • Matt Cannon
    Oct 07, 2018
    This book increases my admiration for the current Secretary of Defense, General James ?Mad Dog? Mattis. With the nickname of ?The Warrior Monk? and his studying of history in the carrying out of war and conflict. His humility, dedication of service, studying of conflicts and le...
  • Aryssa
    Jul 30, 2018
    Soooo military heavy. Good writing and I love the insight into Mattis' life but the military scenes really wore me out. However, if you LIKE military scenes (active duty type stuff and strategy) you'll LOVE this book. I liked the inclusion of interviews Mattis has done during the years...
  • Geoff Walling
    Nov 19, 2018
    The book did a decent job of laying out his life. Too bad he's so one dimensional. ...
  • Ramon
    Sep 23, 2018
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  • John R Picone
    Jan 02, 2019
    Great book Only into chapter three and an already convinced this is a great book!! Wasn't quite sure why he stayed with Trump. But John Kelly cleared it up. "Marines don't quite". Thanks for the book ...
  • Daniel
    Sep 23, 2018
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  • Wanda Keith
    Dec 07, 2018
    I was really looking forward to reading this book and I am terribly disappointed. The author, Jim Proser, had an excellent subject and there is certainly a lot of material out there regarding General Mattis but, somehow, he couldn't relay the story. Proser takes you through the start o...
  • Caleb Simmons
    Jan 03, 2019
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  • Bridget Nowicki
    Oct 15, 2018
    Good book about a incredible Marine. Heavy on miltary terminology, battle planning, and action, which bogged me down a bit as that's not necessarily in my wheelhouse. That said, it was fascinating to get into the mind of the Warrior Monk, a truly exceptional leader. Semper fidelis, Gen...
  • Christopher Campagno
    Jan 29, 2019
    I think this book would be better described as a study of the wars in the Middle East with added emphasis on General Mattis. However, it was a perfect length and kept me interested from start to end. ...
  • Rick Davis
    Jan 02, 2019
    Fantastic book and I did not want to put it down. Proser has done a fantastic job writing about one of America's premier leaders and warriors. A man Proser describes as a Spartan warrior leading a spartan life. Mattis is a down-to-earth leader and cares about those under his charge. A ...
  • Angus Isles
    Sep 18, 2018
    Great insight into Mattis, specifically focuses on Iraq 1, Afghanistan and Iraq II - not much about post service or pre-service ...
  • Derk
    Dec 20, 2018
    Not the book i expected I was expecting a in-depth look at the Sec Def's life. Instead I got a book with a decent timeline of his time in the Middle East with a few details about his life. Still a good read though. ...
  • Matthew Moriarty
    Feb 13, 2019
    Great Read on Mattis and his career ...