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- Publisher: The Penguin Press
- Format: Hardback | 576 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 236mm x 51mm | 907g
- Publication date: 29 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1594204047
- ISBN 13: 9781594204043
- Illustrations note: Illustrations, facsim., ports.
- Sales rank: 134,708
From the #1 bestselling author of Fiasco and The Gamble, an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq.
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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 Gamble," and the number one "New York Times" bestseller "Fiasco," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
A "Washington Post" 2012 Notable Work of Nonfiction "Ricks shines, blending an impressive level of research with expert storytelling.""--The Weekly Standard" "[A] savvy study of leadership. Combining lucid historical analysis, acid-etched portraits of generals from 'troublesome blowhard' Douglas MacArthur to 'two-time loser' Tommy Franks, and shrewd postmortems of military failures and pointless slaughters such as My Lai, the author demonstrates how everything from strategic doctrine to personnel policies create a mediocre, rigid, morally derelict army leadership... Ricks presents an incisive, hard-hitting corrective to unthinking veneration of American military prowess." --"Publisher's Weekly "(Starred Review) "Informed readers, especially military buffs, will appreciate this provocative, blistering critique of a system where accountability appears to have gone missing - like the author's 2006 bestseller, "Fiasco", this book is bound to cause heartburn in the Pentagon." --"Kirkus""Entertaining, provocative and important." "--The Wilson Quarterly "