Worthy Fights

Worthy Fights

A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9780698152748
  • 512 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


The New York Times–bestselling autobiography of a legendary political and military leader
It could be said that Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past fifty years. His first career, beginning as an Army intelligence officer and including a distinguished run as one of the most powerful and respected members of Congress, lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his transformational role as budget czar and White House chief of staff in the Clinton administration. But after a brief “retirement,” he returned to public service in 2009 as the CIA director who led the intelligence war that killed Osama Bin Laden and then became the U.S. secretary of defense, inheriting two troubled wars in a time of austerity and painful choices. Like his career, Worthy Fights is a reflection of Panetta’s values. It is also a testament to a lost kind of political leadership that favors progress and duty to country over partisanship.

Leon Panetta calls them as he sees them in Worthy Fights. Suffused with its author’s decency and common sense, the book is an inspiring American success story, a great political memoir, and a revelatory view onto many of the defining figures and events of our time.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Washington Post:
Worthy Fights is Panetta’s addition to the Cabinet bookshelf, and it’s very readable, with the frank descriptions of personalities and events that distinguish this genre at its best.”



Leon Panetta holds nothing back in Worthy Fights. Check out his revelatory interviews on NPR’s Morning Edition, NBC’s The Today Show, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, CNN with Gloria Borger,… Read more >

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