A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country by Wesley K. Clark

By Wesley K. Clark

Four-star basic Wesley ok. Clark grew to become a huge determine at the political scene whilst he used to be drafted by means of renowned call for to run for the Democratic nomination for President of the U.S. in 2003. yet this was once only one of many remarkable accomplishments of a protracted and striking occupation. right here, for the 1st time, normal Clark makes use of his precise existence experience--from his tough early life in segregated Arkansas the place he was once raised through his negative, widowed mom; in the course of the horror of Vietnam the place he used to be wounded; the post-war rebuilding of nationwide safeguard  and the struggles surrounding the hot global order after the chilly War--as a springboard to bare his imaginative and prescient for the US, at domestic and on this planet. normal Clark will handle concerns similar to international coverage, the economic system, the surroundings, schooling and future health care, family members, religion, and the yankee dream.Rich with breathtaking conflict scenes, poignant own anecdote and eye-opening tips about the way in which ahead, normal Clark's new e-book is a travel de strength of gripping storytelling and encouraging imaginative and prescient.

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Mom was what in the South we call “sweet” or “nice,” but she also knew her own mind. I came to understand that though she had to juggle everything, my welfare was going to remain the top priority. She didn’t train me, or coach me, or even try to teach me skills. She just loved me, and I felt it very deeply. What I really wanted to play was basketball. Dad put up a hoop for me above the garage door, and I practiced faithfully. Free throws, layups, dribbling and the two-handed jump shot. I was always after Dad to teach me, practice with me, play with me.

But I missed my father. Other kids talked about fishing with their dads, or going to ball games, or even just playing catch. But I didn’t have a father to take me fishing, or to baseball games, or anything else normal dads did. Mom was one of the only working mothers around, and because of that she didn’t socialize much in the neighborhood. We didn’t have much money, although she never mentioned it. And there were other differences that I felt every day. ” Even as I played and had fun, and ran with my friends through their yards and homes, I felt a strong urge to really belong.

Kids in the neighborhood would talk and brag: “My dad did this . ” “Well, my dad, he can . ” But nothing ever seemed to come of it. Then one night, when I was seven, my mom let me fall asleep in her bed because she was going out. I awoke from a dream in which I was holding a big hunting knife. Then I looked and in my left hand was the most beautiful hunting knife I’d ever seen. It was in a scabbard, with a long blade and a beautiful curved brown-and-white bone handle. And Mom introduced me to the man she’d been out with, who’d brought her back to the house and put the knife in my hand.

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