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    The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006-2008 (Allen Lane) (Hardback) By (author) Thomas E. Ricks

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    DescriptionBased on unprecedented real-time access to the military's entire chain of command, "The Gamble" is the definitive account of the insurgency within the US military that led to a radical shift in America's strategy in Iraq - and the bloody implementation of that strategy on the ground. In his international bestseller "Fiasco", Thomas E. Ricks gave us the definitive reckoning with what went so wrong in Iraq. The story "The Gamble" tells is how, when the war was at its darkest hour, a group of dissident junior commanders and their civilian allies did an end run around their superiors in the military establishment and seized control of the war. The result was 'the Surge', one of the American military's boldest strategic gambles since the landings at Inchon. General David Petraeus gave military expert Thomas E. Ricks extraordinary privileged access to himself and his team during the past two years, and the result is a chronicle of astonishing vividness and analytical depth. It is the story of military leadership in the crucible of war, under excruciating political pressure at home. It is also the story of the soldiers who executed the strategy out in the field. Ricks concludes that the war likely will last for many years to come - and that it will not be remembered for the reasons we think.


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    Title
    The Gamble
    Subtitle
    General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006-2008
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas E. Ricks
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 862 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846141454
    ISBN 10: 1846141451
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBQ
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK, HBJF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15580
    Libri: ENGM2000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLX
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JMC
    BIC subject category V2: HBWS5
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000, HIS027170
    Libri: USAA5048
    DC22: 956.70443373
    Libri: IRAK5023
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027110
    Illustrations note
    16 pp b/w illustrations
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    ALLEN LANE
    Publication date
    26 February 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Thomas E. Ricks is the senior Pentagon correspondent at the Washington Post, where he has covered the US 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 covered US military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the author of Fiasco.