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Gamble General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008

ISBN-10: 1594201978
ISBN-13: 9781594201974
Edition: 2009
Authors: Thomas E. Ricks
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Description: Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks’s #1 New York Timesbestseller, transformed the political dialogue on the war in Iraq—The Gambleis the next news breaking installment Thomas E. Ricks uses hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with top officers in Iraq and  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 2/10/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks’s #1 New York Timesbestseller, transformed the political dialogue on the war in Iraq—The Gambleis the next news breaking installment Thomas E. Ricks uses hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with top officers in Iraq and extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to document the inside story of the Iraq War since late 2005 as only he can, examining the events that took place as the military was forced to reckon with itself, the surge was launched, and a very different war began. Since early 2007 a new military order has directed American strategy. Some top U.S. officials now in Iraq actually opposed the 2003 invasion, and almost all are severely critical of how the war was fought from then through 2006. At the core of the story is General David Petraeus, a military intellectual who has gathered around him an unprecedented number of officers with both combat experience and Ph.D.s. Underscoring his new and unorthodox approach, three of his key advisers are quirky foreigners—an Australian infantryman-turned- anthropologist, an antimilitary British woman who is an expert in the Middle East, and a Mennonite-educated Palestinian pacifist. The Gambleoffers news breaking information, revealing behind-the-scenes disagreements between top commanders. We learn that almost every single officer in the chain of command fought the surge. Many of Petraeus’s closest advisers went to Iraq extremely pessimistic, doubting that the surge would have any effect, and his own boss was so skeptical that he dispatched an admiral to Baghdad in the summer of 2007 to come up with a strategy to replace Petraeus’s. That same boss later flew to Iraq to try to talk Petraeus out of his planned congressional testimony. The Gambleexamines the congressional hearings through the eyes of Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and their views of the questions posed by the 2008 presidential candidates. For Petraeus, prevailing in Iraq means extending the war. Thomas E. Ricks concludes that the war is likely to last another five to ten years—and that that outcome is a best case scenario. His stunning conclusion, stated in the last line of the book, is that “the events for which the Iraq war will be remembered by us and by the world have not yet happened.”

Thomas E. Ricks lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and children.

Cast of Characters
Acronyms and Abbreviations
The Old War Ends
Things Fall Apart (Fall 2005)
How to Fight this War (Fall 2005-Fall 2006)
Keane Takes Command (Fall 2006)
A Strategy is Born (Winter 2006-7)
A New War Begins
If You're So Smart ... (Spring 2007)
Gambling on a "Shitty Hand"
Signs of Life in Baghdad (Summer 2007)
The Domestic Opposition Collapses
War Without End
The Twilight Zone (Winter 2007-8)
Big Wasta (Spring 2008)
After the Surge (Summer 2008)
Obama's War (Fall 2008)
Epilogue: The Long War
Appendixes
Col Devlin's Intelligence Assessment
The Orders Lt. Gen. Odierno Received in December 2006
How Odierno Changed the Mission
Gen. Petraeus Summarizes How to Operate in Iraq
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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