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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:38 PM

Why would Petraeus pick an unknown to write his biography?

On CNN's Candy Crowley show today, the journalists spoke about how Petraeus cultivated the DC media - he would call them on background to chat (from Afghanistan) and he would always take their calls. Here is a guy with extraordinary relationships with the media, who could have Brokaw or Woodward or anyone he wanted to write his biography with him -- yet he allows an unpublished author the job.

Strange, very strange....

Maybe he offered her the job because he was already having the affair and the job was good cover.

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Reply Why would Petraeus pick an unknown to write his biography? (Original post)
Justice Nov 2012 OP
FarCenter Nov 2012 #1
tanyev Nov 2012 #2
jody Nov 2012 #3
LisaL Nov 2012 #4
SadPanda Nov 2012 #5
Blue4Texas Nov 2012 #6
Ruby the Liberal Nov 2012 #7
jberryhill Nov 2012 #8
LisaL Nov 2012 #10
beac Nov 2012 #9
agracie Nov 2012 #11
SDjack Nov 2012 #12

Response to Justice (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:41 PM

1. Ego

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Response to Justice (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:41 PM

2. Woodward's legs didn't pass the audition.

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Response to Justice (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:41 PM

3. We now know she was not an UNKNOWN. nt

 

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Response to Justice (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:45 PM

4. Let me guess, let me guess.

She is very attractive.
I don't think he was having an affair when he picked her to write his biography, but he could very well have wanted to keep her around.

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Response to Justice (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:47 PM

5. Not sure, but it was HOT!

You get the idea. Who cares? The guy was CIA director and he stuck his wood in the wrong oven.

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Response to Justice (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:48 PM

6. She picked him? :)

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Response to Justice (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:51 PM

7. That was later.

She was doing a dissertation on his leadership style for a PhD and decided to make it a full book when he was sent to run the Afghanistan war. It was already well underway when he agreed to make it a biography instead.

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Response to Justice (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:54 PM

8. She had good qualifications

Why pick someone with a record one way or another?

West Point grad working on an ivy doctorate... sounds like a good bet.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:56 PM

10. She sure did.

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Response to Justice (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:55 PM

9. Not that it excuses them (AT ALL) but I believe she pursued him to

write it. She was a PhD candidate doing her doctoral dissertation on him. The book was an expansion of her dissertation (quite a standard happening-- publish or perish, you know!)

http://www.penguinspeakersbureau.com/speakers/page/paula_broadwell (and try not to at the "Paula’s passion for leadership" part!)

Also, people generally have say in who writes or helps them to write an AUTObiography, not a biography. That said, she did have amazing access. When he started having amazing access to HER is the question.

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Response to Justice (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:06 PM

11. He was thinking with the wrong head ? n/t

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Response to Justice (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:38 PM

12. He thought he was in control of the biog content, not knowing that she

possessed desire to control sex life.

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