A Wall Street Journal Best Nonfiction Book of 2012
In this follow-up to their national bestseller Cobra II, Michael Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor deftly piece together the story of the most widely reported but least understood war in American history. This stunning account of the political and military struggle between American, Iraqi, and Iranian forces brings together vivid reporting of diplomatic intrigue and gripping accounts of the blow-by-blow fighting that lasted nearly a decade. Informed by brilliant research and extensive interviews with key figures—including everyone from the intelligence community to Sunni and Shi’ite leaders and former insurgents to senior Iraqi military officers—The Endgame presents a riveting chronicle of the occupation of Iraq to the withdrawal of American troops that is sure to remain the essential account of the war for years to come.
This E-book edition also contains a new Appendix collecting twenty-three classified documents, with commentary, that shed new light on some of the military’s crucial mistakes and missed opportunities.
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“The Endgame” shows just how hard that process can be — and, by implication, how crazy it is to start a war without good plans for how to finish it.Read Full Review of The Endgame: The Inside Story... | See more reviews from NY Times
Messrs. Gordon and Trainor are less kind to the Obama administration, which came into office at a time when violence was falling as a result of the surge.Read Full Review of The Endgame: The Inside Story... | See more reviews from WSJ online
Thematically, half of The Endgame is actually quite good...Yet the other thematic half of the book—the half that aims to tell the story of American actions in Iraq namely military operations and strategy—is a disappointment.Read Full Review of The Endgame: The Inside Story... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
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