Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq


By (author) Thomas E Ricks

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 492 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 36mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143038915
  • ISBN 13: 9780143038917
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 281,024

Product description

Provides eye-witness accounts from commanders to intelligence officers, army doctors to ordinary soldiers, that contradict the official stories and figures. This book gives an insight into the plight of ordinary soldiers doing nightmarish jobs, and the real nature of the fighting in Iraq.

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Author information

Thomas E. Ricks is an adviser on national security at the New America Foundation, where he participates in its "Future of War" project. He was previously a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and is a contributing editor of "Foreign Policy" magazine, for which he writes the prizewinning blog "The Best Defense." Ricks covered the U.S. military for "The Washington Post" from 2000 through 2008. Until the end of 1999 he had the same beat at "The Wall Street Journal," where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he covered U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of several books, including "The Generals," "The Gamble," and the number one "New York Times" bestseller "Fiasco," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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It is not an exaggeration, or at least not much of one, to say that with his new book, "Fiasco", Thomas Ricks has changed the debate over Iraq. . . . It may leave your hand shaking just a bit when you finish and put it down. (