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Claudia J. Kennedy. Read by the author. Abridged. 4 tapes, 6 hrs. Time Warner AudioBooks 1-58621-175-7. $24.98. Cardboard, plastic; content notes. SA*

This is a jewel of an audiobook. Kennedy is a person of intelligence, ability, and tenacity and her story is one of accomplishment as a soldier who happens to be a woman, rather than the other way around. She retired from the Army in June of 2000 as its first woman three-star general. She traces her life up through the ranks from a time when women's roles in the military were primarily supportive through her first command and finally to her position as Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence. She ends her memoir with information on an Army analysis of future military needs and issues, looking ahead to approximately 2025. Terrorism is part of the analysis, and it has an eerie quality given the events of September 11, 2001. Kennedy reads, and even though there is little inflection, she held my interest completely. Her story is an inspiration, and I was sorry the story is abridged. It does need a sturdier cover to be on library shelves, and that is where it belongs. Vivian E. Berg, Mandan, ND
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Author:Berg, Vivian E.
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Date:Mar 1, 2002
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