Amazon.com Pitch For Petraeus Bio: 'Broadwell Embedded With the General'

November 12, 2012 - 11:16 AM

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Paula Broadwell, author of the David Petraeus biography "All In," poses in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Paula Broadwell's biography All In: The Education of General David Petraeus is described on Amazon.com as a feat of "unprecedented reporting," thanks to the author's "extensive access" to the man with whom she "embedded" in Afghanistan.

In a description of the book, the Amazon.com website states: "Afforded extensive access by General Petraeus, his mentors, his subordinates, and his longtime friends, Broadwell embedded with the general, his headquarters staff, and his soldiers on the front lines of fighting and at the strategic command in Afghanistan to chronicle the experiences of this American general..."

The review mentions Broadwell's “hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews” with Petraeus, which she used to “tell the inside story…from every vantage point.”

After news broke Friday about Broadwell's extramarital affair with the man she interviewed for her book, some of the reviews that had been previously posted on Amazon.com also take on double meanings.

Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw writes that Petraeus "is one of the most important Americans of our time, in or out of uniform."

Biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses Broadwell's ability to provide "an intimate look at Petraeus the man."

And author Thomas E. Ricks, in his review, says: “I've known David Petraeus since he was a colonel and written two books in which he appeared, but I still learned a lot about him from this book. All In feels at times like we are sitting at his side in Afghanistan, reading his e-mails over his shoulder."

It was an FBI investigation into Broadwell's emails that eventually forced Petraeus’ public admission on Friday that he’d cheated on his wife.  The married Broadwell reportedly sent threatening emails to a woman she saw as a threat to her relationship with Petraeus.

The investigation into those threatening emails led investigators to Petraeus, raising questions about possible national security breaches. Was Broadwell reading his emails over his shoulder?

Petraeus assumed command in Afghanistan in July 2010. He become President Obama's CIA director a little over a year later, in September 2011.

Press reports on Monday said Broadwell's affair with the general began two months after he became CIA director, which would be November 2011. The affair reportedly ended four months ago.