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

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Despite where your politics lay, it is increasingly difficult to defend
the current military action in Iraq and Thomas Ricks does an excellent
job explaining why in Fiasco. Ricks is a seasoned military reporter for
The Washington Post and his assessment of the current conflict should
not be dismissed as unpatriotic or even unproductive. To date, this is
one of the finest critiques of the war and answers many questions like
"How did we not plan for an insurgency?" "How did Abu Ghraib happen?"
and "Who were the major planners of the war and how culpable are they
for its failings?" The answers may not be enjoyable, but they are
thorough and backed up by numerous military sources, many of which are
on the record. The disaster of this war will be something that Americans
will need to cope with for generations and it is not an option to
ignore the damage that has been done. It is our obligation to understand
what has happened so that we may prevent it from occurring agian and
Fiasco is an excellent step towards that understanding.

— Matt


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.

About 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. His newest book, Churchill and Orwell: The Fight For Freedom, is a New York Times bestseller.

Praise For…

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

"The best account yet of the entire war."
-Vanity Fair
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143038917
ISBN-10: 0143038915
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: July 31st, 2007
Pages: 512
Language: English

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