Fiasco by Thomas E. Ricks
The American Military Adventure in Iraq

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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
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 Thomas E. Ricks

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Thomas E. Ricks is The Washington Post’s senior Pentagon correspondent, where he has covered the U.S. military since 2000. Until the end of 1999 he held the same beat at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize- winning teams for national reporting, he has reported on U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of Fiasco, Making the Corps, and A Soldier’s Duty.
 
Published July 25, 2006 by Penguin Books. 524 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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But according to Ricks, the wholesale revamping of Army doctrine also meant that “after it came home from Vietnam, the Army threw away virtually everything it had learned there, slowly and painfully, about how to wage a counterinsurgency campaign.” What’s more, it became addicted to new technolog...

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Meanwhile, writes Mr. Ricks, the United States Army found itself in a strategic position that “painfully resembled that of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the early 1980’s.” Not only had the war “stressed the U.S. Army to the breaking point,” a study published by the Army War College’s Strateg...

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In dovetailing critiques of the civilian and military leadership, Washington Post Pentagon correspondent Ricks (Making the Corps) contends that, under Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Feith, the Pentagon concocted ""the worst war plan in American history,"" with insufficient troops and no thought for the ...

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The U.S. military's disbanding of the former Iraqi army and civilian corps morphed into an insurgency when tens of thousands of angry, unemployed men were unable to feed their families.

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Examiner

This was an extremely enlightening history of the Iraq war from its planning stages until approximately mid 2006.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Ricks, the Pulitzer Prize–winning senior Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post and for 17 years a Wall Street Journal reporter, uses unprecedented access to senior military personnel and his impressive experience in military reporting in most of the world’s hot spots to examine the Unite...

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Project MUSE

The view of events in Iraq from Washington is insufficiently examined, in particular the role of the White House and National Security Council in managing the Iraq effort.

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