The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq

The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq


By (author) Thomas E Ricks

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 402 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 24mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN 10: 0143116916
  • ISBN 13: 9780143116912
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps, black & white plates
  • Sales rank: 219,791

Product description

Thomas E. Rick's news-breaking follow up to the #1 "New York Times" bestseller "Fiasco" Now updated to fully document the inside story of the Iraq war since late 2005, "The Gamble" is the definitive account of the insurgency within the U.S. military that led to a radical shift in America's strategy. Based on unprecedented real-time access to the military's entire chain of command, Ricks examines the events that took place as the military was forced to reckon with itself, the surge was launched, and a very different war began. His stunning conclusion, stated in the last line of the book, is that "the events for which the Iraq war will be remembered probably have not yet happened."

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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.