The Endgame by Michael R. Gordon
The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama

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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.
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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. 

 

About Michael R. Gordon

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Michael R. Gordon is the chief military correspondent for The New York Times, where he has worked since 1985. He is the coauthor, with Lieutenant General Bernard E. Trainor, of The Generals' War and Cobra II. He has covered the Iraq and Afghan wars, the Kosovo conflict, the Russian war in Chechnya, the 1991 Persian Gulf War, and the American invasion of Panama. Gordon lives in the Washington, D.C., area.Bernard E. Trainor, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general, was a military correspondent for The New York Times from 1986 to 1990. He was director of the National Security Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1990 to 1996 and was a military analyst for NBC during the Iraq War. Trainor lives in Potomac Falls, Virginia.
 
Published September 25, 2012 by Vintage. 832 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Gideon Rose on Oct 01 2012

“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.

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Reviewed by Max Boot on Sep 28 2012

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.

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Reviewed by Gian P. Gentile on Sep 25 2012

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.

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