Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War"

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates walks from an Osprey aircraft after landing at Forward Operating Base Dwyer, June 5, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.  - (Photo by Jason Reed - Pool/Getty Images)

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates walks from an Osprey aircraft after landing at Forward Operating Base Dwyer, June 5, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

(Photo by Jason Reed - Pool/Getty Images)

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War"

Robert Gates is making headlines with his new book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War." Known for his poker face, the former defense secretary has published a strikingly candid account of his years of service under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Robert Gates is making headlines with his new book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War." Known for his poker face, the former defense secretary has published a strikingly candid account of his years of service under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The book offers an unprecedented peek into the inner workings of government during some of its most intense debates about national security. These include discussions over the surges in Iraq and Afghanistan and whether or not to set timetables for withdrawal.

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Excerpted from DUTY by Robert M. Gates. Copyright © 2014 by Robert M. Gates. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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