In a domestic meridian proud of a Washington establishment, late Major General Arnold Punaro wears his insider standing as a badge of honor. Following his troops use in Vietnam, Punaro assimilated a staff of mythological Georgia Senator Sam Nunn as an intern, eventually apropos a tip confidant and staff executive of a Senate Armed Services Committee. Yet notwithstanding his insider status, Punaro’s memoir, On War and Politics: The Battlefield Inside Washington’s Beltway, does not tell tales of pale corruption, self-interest, or unconcern from a predicament of a normal American. Rather, it engages readers with Punaro’s story of aspiring open service. One that, in 2016, is both calming and disconcerting.
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