The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 25, 2012 - History - 832 pages
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Wall Street Journal Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

In this follow-up to their national bestseller Cobra II, Michael Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor deftly piece together the story of the most widely reported but least understood war in American history. This stunning account of the political and military struggle between American, Iraqi, and Iranian forces brings together vivid reporting of diplomatic intrigue and gripping accounts of the blow-by-blow fighting that lasted nearly a decade. Informed by brilliant research and extensive interviews with key figures—including everyone from the intelligence community to Sunni and Shi’ite leaders and former insurgents to senior Iraqi military officers—The Endgame presents a riveting chronicle of the occupation of Iraq to the withdrawal of American troops that is sure to remain the essential account of the war for years to come.
 
This E-book edition also contains a new Appendix collecting twenty-three classified documents, with commentary, that shed new light on some of the military’s crucial mistakes and missed opportunities. 

 

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Contents

Desert Crossing
3
Politics of the Gun
19
Sovereignty with Limits
40
Vigilant Resolve
56
A Lost Cause?
74
Our Man in Baghdad
88
New Dawn
106
The Long Telegram
127
The USS CENTCOM
410
General Petraeus Goes to Washington
429
No Plan B
449
Charge of the Knights
464
March Madness
484
Strange Justice
505
Lets Make a Deal
523
The Home Stretch
542

The Year of Living Dangerously
180
Together Forward
204
The Perfect Storm
220
Out West
240
Some Friendly Advice
267
Back to the Drawing Board
287
League of the Righteous
312
Petraeus Takes Command
329
The Enemy Within
351
The FormerInsurgent Counterinsurgency
369
Phantom Thunder
389
Change at the Top
560
The Odd Couple
581
Trouble Up North
599
Crises of Confidence
614
Team of Rivals
628
The Numbers Game
652
Mission Accomplished
675
Epilogue
689
Acknowledgments
697
Index
765
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About the author (2012)

Michael R. Gordon is the chief military correspondent for The New York Times, where he has worked since 1985. He is the coauthor, with Lieutenant General Bernard E. Trainor, of The Generals’ War and Cobra II. He has covered the Iraq and Afghan wars, the Kosovo conflict, the Russian war in Chechnya, the 1991 Persian Gulf War, and the American invasion of Panama. Gordon lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
 
Bernard E. Trainor, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general, was a military correspondent for The New York Times from 1986 to 1990. He was director of the National Security Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1990 to 1996 and was a military analyst for NBC during the Iraq War. Trainor lives in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

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