Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005

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Penguin, Jul 25, 2006 - History - 512 pages
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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
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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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Excellent book for anyone who wants to know why things are not working in Iraq and all the mistakes that have been made and what could be done to make things happen more efficiently. Read full review

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Cast of Characters
A Bad Ending
Containment and Its Discontents
The Aftermath of 911
The War of Words
The Runup
The Silence of the Lambs
The Descent into Abuse
The Army of the Euphrates Takes Stock
The Marine Corps Files a Dissent
The Surprise
The Price Paid
The Corrections

Winning a Battle
How to Create an Insurgency
Cant Produce Anything
Getting Tough
Too Little Too Late?
Betting Against History

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Thomas E. Ricks is The Washington Post's senior Pentagon correspondent, where he has covered the U.S. military since 2000. Until the end of 1999, he held the same beat at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams for national reporting, he has reported on U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of Making the Corps and A Soldier's Duty.

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