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Title:Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq
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Number of Pages:482
Category:History, Non fiction, Politics, Military, War

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

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq This is the Story of The American Military Adventure in Iraq The Heart of the story Fiasco has to tell which has never been told before is that of a Military occupation whose leaders failed to see a blooming insurgency for what it was and as a result lead their soldiers in such a way that the insurgency became inevitable

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The Unraveling: An Update to the Gamble, A Soldier's Duty, War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love, Making the Corps, Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today, Inside The Surge: One Commander's Lessons In Counterinsurgency, Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008, Counterinsurgency Leadership in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond
i From the bestselling author of i Fiasco i and i The Gamble i an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq i br br History has been kind to the American generals of World War II Marshall Eisenhower Patton and Bradley and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed In i The Generals i Thomas E Ricks sets out to explain why that is In part it is the story of a widening gulf between performance and accountability During the Second World War scores of American generals were relieved of command simply for not being good enough Today as one American colonel said bitterly during the Iraq War As matters stand now a private who loses a rifle suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses a war In i The Generals i we meet great leaders and suspect ones generals who rose to the occasion and those who failed themselves and their soldiers Marshall and Eisenhower cast long shadows over this story as does the less familiar Marine General O P Smith whose fighting retreat from the Chinese onslaught into Korea in the winter of snatched a kind of victory from the jaws of annihilation br br But Korea also showed the first signs of an army leadership culture that neither punished mediocrity nor particularly rewarded daring In the Vietnam War the problem grew worse until finally American military leadership bottomed out The My Lai massacre Ricks shows us is the emblematic event of this dark chapter of our history In the wake of Vietnam a battle for the soul of the U S Army was waged with impressive success It became a transformed institution reinvigorated from the bottom up But if the body was highly toned its head still suffered from familiar problems resulting in tactically savvy but strategically obtuse leadership that would win battles but end wars badly from the first Iraq War of through to the present br br Ricks has made a close study of America s military leaders for three decades and in his hands this story resounds with larger meaning about the transmission of values about strategic thinking and about the difference between an organization that learns and one that fails, b From i New York Times i bestselling author Thomas E Ricks a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell whose farsighted vision and inspired action preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism from the left and right alike b br br Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid s Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War and Churchill struck by a car in New York City If they d died then history would scarcely remember them At the time Churchill was a politician on the outs his loyalty to his class and party suspect Orwell was a mildly successful novelist to put it generously No one would have predicted that by the end of the th century they would be considered two of the most important people in British history for having the vision and courage to campaign tirelessly in words and in deeds against the totalitarian threat from both the left and the right In a crucial moment they responded first by seeking the facts of the matter seeing through the lies and obfuscations and then they acted on their beliefs Together to an extent not sufficiently appreciated they kept the West s compass set toward freedom as its due north br br It s not easy to recall now how lonely a position both men once occupied By the late s democracy was discredited in many circles and authoritarian rulers were everywhere in the ascent There were some who decried the scourge of communism but saw in Hitler and Mussolini men we could do business with if not in fact saviors And there were others who saw the Nazi and fascist threat as malign but tended to view communism as the path to salvation Churchill and Orwell on the other hand had the foresight to see clearly that the issue was human freedom that whatever its coloration a government that denied its people basic freedoms was a totalitarian menace and had to be resisted br br In the end Churchill and Orwell proved their age s necessary men The glorious climax of i Churchill and Orwell i is the work they both did in the decade of the s to triumph over freedom s enemies And though Churchill played the larger role in the defeat of Hitler and the Axis Orwell s reckoning with the menace of authoritarian rule in i Animal Farm i and i i would define the stakes of the Cold War for its year course and continues to give inspiration to fighters for freedom to this day Taken together in Thomas E Ricks masterful hands their lives are a beautiful testament to the power of moral conviction and to the courage it can take to stay true to it through thick and thin, b A i New York Times i bestseller b br br Under the cover of night deep in the desert of Afghanistan a US Army handler led a Special Forces patrol with his military working dog Without warning an insurgent popped up his weapon raised At the handler s command the dog charged their attacker There was the flash of steel the blur of fur and the sound of a single shot the handler watched his dog take a bullet During the weeks it would take the dog to heal the handler never left its side The dog had saved his life Loyal and courageous dogs are truly man s best friend on the battlefield While the soldiers may not always feel comfortable calling the bond they form love the emotions involved are strong and complicated In i War Dogs i Rebecca Frankel offers a riveting mix of on the ground reporting her own hands on experiences in the military working dog world and a look at the science of dogs special abilities from their amazing noses and powerful jaws to their enormous sensitivity to the emotions of their human companions The history of dogs in the US military is long and rich from the spirit lifting mascots of the Civil War to the dogs still leading patrols hunting for IEDs today Frankel not only interviewed handlers who deployed with dogs in wars from Vietnam to Iraq but top military commanders K program managers combat trained therapists who brought dogs into war zones as part of a preemptive measure to stave off PTSD and veterinary technicians stationed in Bagram She makes a passionate case for maintaining a robust war dog force In a post world rife with terrorist threats nothing is more effective than a bomb sniffing dog and his handler With a compelling cast of humans and animals this moving book is a must read for all dog lovers military and otherwise, From one of America s most esteemed military correspondents and the author of b Making the Corps b comes a briskly paced engrossing tale i Los Angeles Times i about a brutal brushfire war in Afghanistan that sets off a titanic struggle for the soul of the twenty first century American military