The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008

The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008

by Thomas E. Ricks
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The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
SARAH1659 More than 1 year ago
I will read this book again and again and have ordered every book written by this author. Even for someone not involved in the military, it is absolutely fascinating.
rockport15-2 More than 1 year ago
For those who remember Viet Nam and for every American who wants the USA to win in Iraq, this book is a must. The high-level intrigue is fascinating among the civilian leadership, think tanks, active military, and one notable retired four-star general. We owe a tremendous thank you to a handful of great individuals identified in the book. The book is extrememly well-researched and fast moving.
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glauver More than 1 year ago
Thomas Ricks' second book on Iraq continues the account he began in Fiasco. He covers the war largely from a military viewpoint in contrast to Bob Woodward, who emphasizes the politics inside Washington.Ricks obviously admires Gen. Petraeus but does not cover over other views of the war and predictions of its aftermath.Some of the most interesting parts of the book are accounts of dissenters like Emma Sky, the British Middle East expert who spent three tours in Iraq and became a trusted advisor to Gen. Odierno. If Ricks does not eventually write a definitive history of the second Iraq war, his writings will be an important source for the author who completes that task.
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This books was well written and enjoyable. Gave me a new prespective of David Petreaus and his involvement in the Surge. Think it would be of interest for all Americans to know this information. Enlightening.
RHA212 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for anyone who is interested in the war in Iraq. The book is factual, balanced and shows how we recaptured the initiative with this war, and the possible pitfalls that remain. A good read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book on the strategy behind the surge.
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