Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005 (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 25, 2006 - History - 512 pages
20 Reviews
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
One of the Washington Post Book World's 10 Best Books of the Year
One of Time's 10 Best Books of the Year
USA Today's Nonfiction Book of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book

The definitive account of the American military's tragic experience in Iraq

Fiasco is a masterful reckoning with the planning and execution of the American military invasion and occupation of Iraq through mid-2006, now with a postscript on recent developments. Ricks draws on the exclusive cooperation of an extraordinary number of American personnel, including more than one hundred senior officers, and access to more than 30,000 pages of official documents, many of them never before made public. Tragically, it is an undeniable account—explosive, shocking, and authoritative—of unsurpassed tactical success combined with unsurpassed strategic failure that indicts some of America's most powerful and honored civilian and military leaders.
  

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Review: Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

User Review  - Greg Snyder - Goodreads

I very much enjoyed reading Fiasco. It took almost a month but it had a lot of parts that left you thinking. The time frame for the book was 2001 to 2006. The US invaded a country that had nothing to ... Read full review

Review: Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

User Review  - Mike Hankins - Goodreads

If you can only read one book about the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Fiasco is probably the one you want. Journalist Thomas Ricks gives a detailed look at the lead up to the war in both the political and ... Read full review

Contents

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PART III
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PART II
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BETTING AGAINST HISTORY
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Thomas E. Ricks is an adviser on national security at the New America Foundation, where he participates in its “Future of War” project. He was previously a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and is a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, for which he writes the prizewinning blog The Best Defense. Ricks covered the U.S. military for The Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. Until the end of 1999 he had the same beat at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he covered U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of several books, including The Generals, The Gamble, and the number one New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


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