In 1974, John P. "Jack" Murtha became the first Vietnam combat veteran to be elected to Congress. Since then, Congressman Murtha has been intimately involved with governmental decisions about America's national security and foreign policy. Avoiding dry, detached analysis, this book presents the revealing story of an insider's involvement with international affairs and the lessons the author learned from those experiences. Jack Murtha offers candid observations of the most important international crises in recent history. From Vietnam and the Lebanon to Bosnia and Afghanistan, the volume details America's failures as well as its successes, pointing out where policy-making was misguided or ill-informed and offering perceptive analyses of resource allocation and policy direction for the coming century.
John P. Murtha graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in economics and did graduate work in economics and political science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1966, Jack Murtha volunteered to serve in Vietnam, where he was twice wounded; he received the Bronze Star with Combat "V," two Purple Hearts, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was elected to Congress in 1974, where he still serves today. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserves in 1990.