Tell Me How This Ends

Tell Me How This Ends : General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq

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From bestselling author of "Masters of Chaos" comes the first and only book on the 'surge' in Iraq, with sustained access to General David Petraeus and his senior commanders, and an analysis of how the war is likely to end.Featuring exclusive interviews with General David Petraeus and drawing upon her extensive experience as a reporter in Iraq, Linda Robinson describes the three distinct phases of the battle for Baghdad: the conventional assault on Baghdad, headed by General Tommy Franks, and the collapse of the government that resulted; the rise of insurgency, and General George Casey's failed attempts to suppress it; and the dramatic change in strategy brought in with Lt. General David Petraeus in 2006.Robinson uses key figures and incidents to build up a dramatic and incisive examination not only of the war in Iraq, but of the rapidly changing face of modern warfare. This critically important book will be relevant for anyone interested in military history, and the Iraq War, for years to come.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 38.1mm | 657.71g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, 1 map, ports.
  • 1586485288
  • 9781586485283
  • 1,292,611

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"New York Times Notable Book of the Year" James Traub, New York Times Book Review, October 5, 2008 ..".the first book about this new Iraq. It's a first-rate piece of work, probing and conscientious." David Kirkpatrick, The New York Times, October 26, 2008 "an admiring account of the troop "surge" in Iraq that Mr. McCain was among the first to embrace." Colonel Gregory Fontenot, Military Review, November/December issue "As a rule, hyperbole is permissible for the 'blurbs' on the jacket of books and not in reviews, but in the case of Linda Robinson's Tell Me How This Ends, it's a hard one to follow. Robinson's book is among the best written about the war in Iraq...." "New York Times Notable Book of the Year" James Traub, "New York Times Book Review", October 5, 2008 ."..the first book about this new Iraq. It's a first-rate piece of work, probing and conscientious." David Kirkpatrick, "The New York Times", October 26, 2008 "an admiring account of the troop "surge" in Iraq that Mr. McCain was among the first to embrace." Colonel Gregory Fontenot, "Military Review", November/December issue "As a rule, hyperbole is permissible for the 'blurbs' on the jacket of books and not in reviews, but in the case of Linda Robinson's "Tell Me How This Ends", it's a hard one to follow. Robinson's book is among the best written about the war in Iraq...." "Military Times", November 17, 2008 "The author who persuaded press-shy Special Forces soldiers to open up in the fascinating "Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces" (PublicAffairs, 2004) has done it again. This time, she persuaded Petraeus -- now head of U.S. Central Command -- and others in Iraq to talk, and she listened. And evidently, she took good notes. The result is not as dramatic as "Chaos," but given the themes -- politics and management -- the insights in "Tell Me How This Ends" make the book worthwhile contemporary history and, foremost, military biography."John Nagl, "Army Magazine", December issue"Likely to remain the best analysis of General Petraeus' role in the decisive years of the war in Iraq short of the general's own memoirs." "New York Times Notable Book of the Year" James Traub, "New York Times Book Review," October 5, 2008 .,."the first book about this new Iraq. It's a first-rate piece of work, probing and conscientious." David Kirkpatrick, "The New York Times," October 26, 2008 "an admiring account of the troop "surge" in Iraq that Mr. McCain was among the first to embrace." Colonel Gregory Fontenot, "Military Review," November/December issue "As a rule, hyperbole is permissible for the 'blurbs' on the jacket of books and not in reviews, but in the case of Linda Robinson's "Tell Me How This Ends," it's a hard one to follow. Robinson's book is among the best written about the war in Iraq...." "Military Times," November 17, 2008 "The author who persuaded press-shy Special Forces soldiers to open up in the fascinating "Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces" (PublicAffairs, 2004) has done it again. This time, she persuaded Petraeus -- now head of U.S. Central Command -- and others in Iraq to talk, and she listened. And evidently, she took good notes. The result is not as dramatic as "Chaos," but given the themes -- politics and management -- the insights in "Tell Me How This Ends" make the book worthwhile contemporary history and, foremost, military biography." John Nagl, "Army Magazine," December issue"Likely to remain the best analysis of General Petraeus' role in the decisive years of the war in Iraq short of the general's own memoirs." James Traub, "New York Times Book Review," October 5, 2008 .,."the first book about this new Iraq. It's a first-rate piece of work, probing and conscientious." David Kirkpatrick, "The New York Times," October 26, 2008 "an admiring account of the troop "surge" in Iraq that Mr. McCain was among the first to embrace." Colonel Gregory Fontenot, "Military Review," November/December issue "As a rule, hyperbole is permissible for the 'blurbs' on the jacket of books and not in reviews, but in the case of Linda Robinson's "Tell Me How This Ends," it's a hard one to follow. Robinson's book is among the best written about the war in Iraq...." "Military Times," November 17, 2008"The author who persuaded press-shy Special Forces soldiers to open up in the fascinating "Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces" (PublicAffairs, 2004) has done it again. This time, she persuaded Petraeus -- now head of U.S. Central Command -- and others in Iraq to talk, and she listened. And evidently, she took good notes. The result is not as dramatic as "Chaos," but given the themes -- politics and management -- the insights in "Tell Me How This Ends" make the book worthwhile contemporary history and, foremost, military biography."show more

About Linda Robinson

Linda Robinson is a Senior Writer for U.S. News & World Report, specializing in military and national security issues. The recipient for several awards for her reporting, she is the author of the New York Times bestseller Masters of Chaos as well as countless articles in Foreign Affairs, World Policy Journal, Survival, SAIS Review, The New Republic, The New York Times, Outside, and Conde Nast Traveller.show more

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