In these troublesome days, it is hard to remember that this country and all that it stands for have faced down considerable danger before. Gen Washington stared down the mightiest army in the world at the time. Mr. Lincoln only had to handle the Civil War. A wheelchair bound FDR had to fight WWII only after witnessing the most devastating attack on US citizens ever. President Eisenhower was literally in the trenches at Normandy. Mr. Kennedy had to stare down the most powerful foe the US has ever seen a mere 90miles from our coast. All this is hard to remember in the days following Sept 11, 2001. Certainly the attacks on US soil at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon are strikes designed to instill terror and fright in the American people. But though I am a devout Republican, I can honestly say that after reading this book, with its insightful analysis of what amounts to courage under fire, I feel comfortable. In these days of fighting an enemy with no face, I feel comfort in knowing that the men and women occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave use careful thought and weigh their decisions before making them. Sure, they all have flaws ... who doesn't? What this particular book makes you realize is that both the author and his brother knew that they had flaws and fears just like the rest of us. But that human beings are capable of this level of courage and can make decisions this intelligent while under great pressure should certainly come as a relief to all of us citizens of the free world.