Fiasco : the American military adventure in Iraq /

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Main Author: Ricks, Thomas E.
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Published:New York : Penguin Books, 2007.
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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
A 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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Physical Description:xx, 492 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Author Notes:

Thomas E. Ricks lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and children.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas E. Ricks was born in Massachusetts in 1955, and graduated from Yale University in 1977. Prior to becoming the Washington Post's Pentagon and military correspondent in 2000, he was a Wall Street Journal reporter for 17 years.

He has written several books and other publications on defense matters, including Making the Corps, which won the Washington Monthly's Political Book of the Year award, the New York Times bestseller Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, and The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008.

Ricks lectures frequently to the military and is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is also a member of Harvard University's Senior Advisory Council on the Project on U.S. Civil-Military Relations, the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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