As his memoir, The Line of Fire, makes clear, quick change has been a constant in Admiral William J. Crowe's career - a fast flight up the chain of command that began just after World War II at the height of the Cold War, reaching its apex with the thaw and the beginning of a new era in foreign relations.
As never before, Crowe's memoir explains the world of political maneuvering that lies behind military decision-making.
William J. Crowe served as an admiral in the United States Navy. Following his time in the Navy, Crowe was a diplomat who served as the 11th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Reagan and Bush administrations. After retiring, he returned as the William J. Crowe chair in geopolitics at the University of Oklahoma.