The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005

Thomas E. Ricks - Author

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ISBN 9780143038917 | 512 pages | 31 Jul 2007 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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  • Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction: Finalist 2007
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The definitive account of the American military's tragic experience in Iraq from a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter

Thomas E. Ricks, senior Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post, puts forth in Fiasco a masterful reckoning with the planning and execution of the American military invasion and occupation of Iraq, now with a preface 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.

The title of this devastating new book about the American war in Iraq says it all. . . . Absolutely essential reading . . . [This] volume gives the reader a lucid, tough-minded overview of this tragic enterprise that stands apart from earlier assessments in terms of simple coherence and scope. (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

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