Thomas E. Ricks, "The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008"
The Penguin Press | 2009 | ISBN: 1594201978 | 430 pages | siPDF | 8.5 MB
Amazon Best of the Month, February 2009
Anyone who read Fiasco
, Thomas E. Ricks's superb, bestselling account of the Iraq War through 2005… has likely noticed that many of the heroes of that devastating book… have since been put in charge. As good (and influential) as Fiasco
was, The Gamble
may be even better, telling the remarkable story of how a few people inside and outside the Pentagon pushed the new strategy through against opposition across the political spectrum and throughout the military top brass, and then, even more remarkably, how soldiers put the difficult plan into action on the ground and managed to sharply reduce the chaotic violence in Iraq.