Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 14, 2006 - History - 416 pages
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Written by the chief military correspondent of the New York Times and a prominent retired Marine general, this is the definitive account of the invasion of Iraq.

A stunning work of investigative journalism, Cobra II describes in riveting detail how the American rush to Baghdad provided the opportunity for the virulent insurgency that followed. As Gordon and Trainor show, the brutal aftermath was not inevitable and was a surprise to the generals on both sides. Based on access to unseen documents and exclusive interviews with the men and women at the heart of the war, Cobra II provides firsthand accounts of the fighting on the ground and the high-level planning behind the scenes. Now with a new afterword that addresses what transpired after the fateful events of the summer of 2003, this is a peerless re-creation and analysis of the central event of our times.

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User Review  - jcbrunner - LibraryThing

As I did not want to spend much money on this book, I come late to the party with a withdrawn library copy. Even in 2010, this book remains surprisingly readable - under two conditions. First, the ... Read full review

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Written by Michael R. Gordon, the chief military correspondent for The New York Times, who spent the war with the Allied land command, and Bernard E. Trainor, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general ... Read full review


Title Page Dedication Epigraph Maps Foreword
Snowflakes from the Secretary
The Generated Start
Smaller Is Beautiful
Everyone Loves a Parade
Task Force Tarawa
Vampire 12
A Sanctuary for the Fedayeen
The Second Battle for Baghdad
Saddams Great Escape
Hello I Must Be Going
The Other Side of the Hill
Back to the Future
Round and Round We
The Red Line

Back to the Drawing Board
Team Tank
The Red Zone
The Thunder
The Accidental Victory
A Little Postwar Planning
Dora Farms
The Opening Gambit 11 Objective Liberty

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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. He has covered the Iraq War, the American intervention in Afghanistan, the Kosovo conflict, the Russian war in Chechnya, the 1991 Persian Gulf War, and the American invasion of Panama. He 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. Currently a military analyst for NBC, Trainor lives in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

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