Chuck Hagel

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America: Our Next Chapter - signed first edition - 2008

Chuck Hagel biography

Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel, born on October 4, 1946, is an American politician and former U.S. Senator who served as the 24th United States Secretary of Defense. Born in North Platte, Nebraska, Hagel grew up in a working-class family and developed an early interest in public service. Hagel's military service played a significant role in shaping his early adulthood. He volunteered for the United States Army during the Vietnam War, where he served as an infantry squad leader and earned several military decorations, including two Purple Hearts. This experience profoundly influenced his perspectives on war and foreign policy. After completing his military service, Hagel attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and later co-founded Vanguard Cellular, a successful mobile phone service company. His business acumen and commitment to public service eventually led him to politics.

Chuck Hagel, a Republican, was elected to the United States Senate from Nebraska in 1996, succeeding retiring Senator Jim Exon. During his two terms in the Senate (1997-2009), Hagel gained a reputation as an independent-minded legislator. He was known for his focus on foreign policy and defense issues, as well as for his willingness to work across party lines. One of Hagel's most notable moments in the Senate came when he openly criticized the George W. Bush administration's handling of the Iraq War, despite being a member of the president's own party. This independent stance ultimately contributed to his decision not to seek re-election in 2008.

In 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Chuck Hagel for the position of Secretary of Defense. He was confirmed by the Senate and served in the role from February 2013 to February 2015. As Secretary of Defense, Hagel faced challenges such as budgetary issues, military readiness, and the evolving landscape of global security. Chuck Hagel is widely regarded as a pragmatic and principled leader who has dedicated his career to public service. His experiences as a combat veteran, businessman, and senator have shaped his perspectives on national security and foreign policy, making him a respected figure in American politics.

America - Our Next Chapter

Senator Chuck Hagel has long been admired by his colleagues on both sides of the Senate floor for his honesty, integrity, and common-sense approach to the challenges of our times. The Los Angeles Times has praised his "bold positions on foreign policy and national security" and wondered, "What's not to like?" In Our Next Chapter , Nebraska-born Hagel offers a hard-hitting examination of the current state of our nation and provides substantial, meaningful proposals that can guide America back onto the right path. In Our Next Chapter , Hagel speaks the truth as he sees it in a direct and refreshingly unvarnished manner. Basing his suggestions on thorough research and careful thought, as well as on personal insight from his years as a political insider, successful businessman, and decorated war hero, he discusses domestic issues including the health care crisis, immigration, and Social Security and Medicare reform and global climate change. He confronts foreign policy problems that the current administration has bungled or ignored, including China's growing economy; control of U.S. debt; India's and Pakistan's nuclear capabilities; and Iran's aggressive political, ideological, and nuclear stances. He decries the pervasive disease of third world poverty, arguing convincingly that this is where the real fight against terrorism must begin. Always true to the beliefs instilled in his childhood on the prairie, he speaks passionately about service to one's country and to one's fellow citizens as the path toward a renewed America. And, of course, he gives a candid examination of the debacle that is the Iraq War. A staunch Republican yet a "hero to liberals" ( Time ), Hagel asks the tough questions and delivers straight answers to America's most pressing problems. Our Next Chapter is a serious, honest, and, ultimately, optimistic look at our nation's future, from an American original.

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