Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq Warby Peter R. Mansoor
Pub. Date: 10/29/2013
Publisher: Yale University Press
The first full insider account of the troop surge in Iraq, told by a member of General David Petraeus’s personal staff
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Author Peter Mansoor is a Prof. of Military History at OSU, West Pointer, and former X.O. to Gen David H. Petraeus (DHP) during the Surge in Iraq in 2007. This book recounts in detail the pre-Surge, Surge, and post-Surge mission in Iraq with an insider's knowledge of what really went on. Each chapter written was checked for accuracy by DHP. A Foreword by DHP serves as an overview and outline for the chapters that follow. So it is really a dual-authored book. Mansoor enjoys a bond with DHP and his perspective is pro-DHP throughout the book. This book proves the Surge was 'hard all the time' just as 'Iraq is hard all the time'. DHP encountered a Sunni majority ruled by a Shia (al-Maliki), bitterness over the MNF-I 'control' of Iraq, no infrastructure, huge unemployment due to Bremer's earlier 'de'Baathing' of armed services, U.S. intraservice rivalry, Rumsfeld and Feith with feet fixed in place, al-Qaeda taking advantage of the destroyed country, multiple 'advisors' in task forces, civilian councils such as AEI, Senator McCain, and President Bush who took personal charge of the war late. But DHP and Team Petraeus turned an impossible situation around, preventing the U.S. from losing the war. This book with its step-by-step accounting of that process is requisite reading for junior officers in U.S. armed forces, Poli Sci majors, Foreign Service officers, MHQ and Military History buffs, and International Relations students. The detail may be too much for casual military history readers.