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

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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
New York Times Notable Book

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

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Overview

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
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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"Staggeringly vivid and persuasive . . . absolutely essential reading."
-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"The best account yet of the entire war."
-Vanity Fair

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143038917
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/31/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 290,907
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Hitpiece

    ALL wars are full of mistakes. The greater tragedy is men pay with their lives. The author in his insatiable Bush derangement syndrome lists mistakes upon mistakes with no explanation why they occured, the conditions/that contributed to them or how toavoid them in the future. In short, long on facts and short on analysis. Not recommended for the individual trying to understand history or avoid mistakes. Absolute must read for those interested in scoring political points and sounding intelligent while bashing another party or individual.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

    Should Be Read By Every American

    We'd all benefit from learning from our mistakes. Think this is an important read and lesson in history. Should be read in history courses in high school and college. Author's careful research is packaged into a well-written piece that reads like a cross between a detective novel, a biography (Dick C), and good old fashioned investigative reporting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    A Book That Very Likely Saved Lives

    It's fascinating that one can walk into a B&N today and buy a 'counterinsurgency' manual, as if we too, can become instant armchair experts in what's really counterintuitive warfare - that for hearts and minds rather than merely blood. Though a non-military combat reporter, Ricks understands far better than anyone in Washington the subtle differences. Another who understood is General Petraeus, who for better or worse, was originally sent back from Iraq to Leavenworth to reacquaint Army leadership with counterinsurgency doctrine. Among other things, Ricks discusses how various ground units fared, and how Petraeus' tactics and local politics differed from the sheer brute-force employed by other commanders. This book hit the shelves at about the same time military personnel, through their own service newspapers, began expressing disgust with the politicians' campaign. While 'counterinsurgency' became the media's new buzzword, Rumsfeld was soon out at the Pentagon, and Petraeus in command Over There. Bush's 'surge' may be working, or at temporarily alleviating the situation, but it's not merely because of numbers. A leader who told the media years earlier, 'I like Iraqis, I really do,' is finally where he should be and those who could only do further harm to our troops now have careers elsewhere. Together with our service men and women speaking up, I believe Fiasco was one of the last straws that accomplished some necessary regime change at home. Though still horrific, the levels of violence and casualties in Iraq has ebbed, and though we won't know which, there will be Americans coming home, with their eyes and limbs, and Iraqis surviving to hopefully shape their country, thanks in part to Ricks' work.

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