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Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War
     

Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War

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by Peter R. Mansoor, David Petraeus
 

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ISBN-10: 0300172354

ISBN-13: 9780300172355

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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The first full insider account of the troop surge in Iraq, told by a member of General David Petraeus’s personal staff

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300172355
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Series:
Yale Library of Military History
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,369,678
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword David Petraeus ix

Preface xxv

Acknowledgments xxix

List of Abbreviations xxxi

Maps xxxiii

Prologue: Baghdad, February 11, 2007 1

1 A War Almost Lost 5

2 Designing the Surge 34

3 Fardh al-Qanoon 65

4 Tower 57 91

5 The Awakening 120

6 Turning the Tide 148

7 Testimony 177

8 Power Politics 209

9 Charge of the Knights 233

10 The Surge in Retrospect 260

Appendix 1 Report to Congress on the Situation in Iraq 277

Appendix 2 Multi-National Force-Iraq Commander's Counterinsurgency Guidance 287

Appendix 3 Anaconda Strategy versus al-Qaeda in Iraq 291

Appendix 4 Security Incidents in Iraq 292

Notes 293

Index 325

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Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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