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From Lt. General H.R. McMaster, US Army, ret., the former national security advisor and author of the best-selling classic Dereliction of Duty, comes a bold and provocative re-examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States, and an urgent call to compete to preserve America’s standing and security. 

Across multiple administrations since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy has been misconceived, inconsistent, and poorly implemented. As a result, America and the free world have fallen behind rivals in power and influence. Meanwhile threats to security, freedom, and prosperity such as nuclear proliferation and jihadist terrorism have grown. In Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster describes efforts to reassess and fundamentally shift policies while he was national security advisor. And he provides a clear pathway forward to improve strategic competence and prevail in complex competitions against our adversaries. 

Battlegrounds is a groundbreaking reassessment of America’s place in the world, drawing from McMaster’s long engagement with these issues, including 34 years of service in the US Army with multiple tours of duty in battlegrounds overseas and his 13 months as national security advisor in the Trump White House. It is also a powerful call for Americans and citizens of the free world to transcend the vitriol of partisan political discourse, better educate themselves about the most significant challenges to national and international security, and work together to secure peace and prosperity for future generations.  

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

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©2020 H. R. McMaster (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Traveler
  • 2020-09-23

Every American should read

It is so important to understand the world we live in. This is a great analysis of how we interact with the world, which starts with understanding their views and goals. It is time Americans look for what we have in common and talk in facts and strategy instead of divisive personal attacks.

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  • larry b
  • 2020-09-28

Remember: This guy was fired! WTF.

As I read this, I kept thinking: Shouldn’t the POTUS be receiving this information in his daily briefings on National Security? Shouldn’t this be explained if he doesn’t understand it?Why in the world would McMaster be fired? Too truthful? Did anybody think to handcuff the present quasi leader of the “free world”, to his chair to listen to this stuff for a 1/2 hour a day, instead of FOX News? As an Army Veteran, I am dismayed that the United States has blundered its leadership role in the world. Absolutely blundered it, for the almighty buck. Not only did the Government blunder it, they cut taxes and borrowed the money, and financed China’s military buildup with the interest! And... continue to do so!! We’re financing our own demise by not paying taxes, and borrowing the tax revenue, instead of collecting the tax revenue. Come on, nobody likes paying taxes, but I also don’t like the idea of my grandchildren speaking Chinese. McMaster lays it out here for everyone to see how we’re losing. And... we’re losing. We’re fighting with each other, listening to lies made up by adversaries, and our politicians are repeating the BS that the Russians, Chinese, and others put out in Social Media, and others. Concise, accurate, unbiased information that we as a nation better wake up and start smelling the coffee. Come on America. Time to be America again!

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  • NostraThomas
  • 2020-10-11

Great Read for the Curious Layman

First, the General, stays non-partisan. This nuance allowed me to let my guard down and just listen and learn. I appreciated his rigor. Second, you don’t need to be a hardcore policy wonk to enjoy this book. It’s well written, and well read by the General himself.

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  • Patrick
  • 2020-09-27

Excellent

I enjoyed this book. As advertised it was not a tell all inside book about his time inside the Trump whitehouse. The chapters on China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia were the bulk of the book and just outstanding. I highly recommend this title to anyone interested in the general subject area of current American foreign policy.

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  • Linda H in San Diego
  • 2020-09-27

Riveting & Realistic

This book is GREAT. I cannot put it down, or turn off the audio player I should say. “Battlegrounds”is read by the author himself who has a flair for dramatic reading. HR McMaster’s combination of public speaking skills, his clear and direct writing style, and page after page of wisdom from the past combined with vision for the future make this a “must listen” for anyone who cares about the future of the United States of America and, indeed, the world we live in.

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  • Joel Erickson
  • 2020-09-24

Why Trump liked him

I had high expectations but now see why Trumped liked him. Simplistic nonsense, not worth listening to.

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  • Scott
  • 2020-11-09

A Must Read

This book is so well researched, so well written, and so apolitical that is should be required reading for all American citizens. In a complex and rapidly evolving world, the interdependence of global politics, the global economy, terrorism and other global challenges, and the need for leadership has never been more evident. After reading this book, I am not only smarter but better equipped to understand the world and America’s place in it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-30

Amazing

I am a young teen that is very interested in the army and I found this making it helped me understand and learn more about my (hopefully) future job

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  • F. Behm
  • 2020-10-20

Every American Should Read This Book! Excellent!!

General McMaster is an amazing historian on both past and present political situations of the world and our country. I appreciate his fair non-partisian view. This man would make a fantastic President, up there with General George Washington. I am going to give this book away for Christmas to as many relative's as I can. Our country is suffering a lack of education and awareness of politics and history, this book is one of the antidotes.

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  • David S.
  • 2020-10-18

Reading the news

To me a major part of the book . Gen. Mc Master is just reading the news.

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