The Gamble

The Gamble : General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006 - 2008

By (author) Thomas E. Ricks

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"The Gamble" tells the gripping story of how, in the Iraq War's darkest hour, an unlikely collection of dissident generals, scholars and foreign experts pulled the country back from the edge of the abyss and saved countless lives. This was 'the surge', and at its helm was General David Petraeus, now acknowledged as one of the greatest military tacticians in US history. Based on unprecedented access to the entire chain of army command - at the top and fighting on the ground - this is the definitive account of one of America's biggest ever military gambles, and what it means for the future of Iraq.

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 340.19g
  • 25 Feb 2010
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 16 pp b/w illustrations
  • 0141037822
  • 9780141037820
  • 489,692

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Thomas E. Ricks is the Washington Post's senior Pentagon correspondent, where he has covered the U.S. military since 2000. Until the end of 1999 he held the same beat at the Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams for national reporting, he has reported on U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the author of the international bestseller Fiasco.

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Shines a light through the veil of inscrutability that masks this singular US general ... compelling, troubling, but ultimately inspiring -- Allan Mallinson The Times It is hard to imagine any history narrating the dramatic turn-round better than this new book ... essential reading -- Robert Fox Evening Standard A terrific book ... This clear-sighted analysis should be applauded for charting Petraeus's remarkable achievements in Iraq ... an authentic hero -- Max Hastings Sunday Times

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