2 September 2011

In Petraeus Retirement the Twilight of the Celebrity General (Celebrities news headlines)

In Petraeus's Retirement, the Twilight of the Celebrity General
National Journal reported

When David Petraeus formally retired from the Army on Wednesday, it marked the end of more than just an acclaimed 37-year military career. Instead, it signaled a more far-reaching event: the twilight of the celebrity general.

Petraeus leaves the military as one of the best-known officers of the past 50 years and with a public profile higher than that of any recent predecessor other than Colin Powell. Like Powell, Petraeus faces unrelenting speculation about a future career in politics, potentially as a Republican presidential candidate. Publishers believe his future memoirs will fetch a multimillion-dollar advance, and those who know the academically-minded Petraeus well speak of him one day taking the helm of a prestigious university like Princeton, where he completed his doctorate.

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