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Fiasco : the American military adventure in Iraq

Author: Thomas E Ricks
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An assessment of America's role in the Iraq War as viewed from the perspectives of senior military officers argues that the guerrilla insurgency after the fall of Saddam Hussein was avoidable and that officers who spoke against the war did so at the cost of their careers.
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Genre/Form: Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas E Ricks
ISBN: 9780143038917 0143038915 159420103X 9781594201035
OCLC Number: 162166951
Notes: "With a new postscript"--Cover.
Description: xx, 492 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Cast of characters --
pt. 1. Containment --
1. A bad ending --
2. Containment and its discontents --
3. This changes everything : the aftermath of 9/11 --
4. The war of words --
5. The run-up --
6. The silence of the lambs --
pt. 2. Into Iraq --
7. Winning a battle --
8. How to create an insurgency (1) --
9. How to create an insurgency (2) --
10. The CPA : "can't produce anything" --
11. Getting tough --
12. The descent into abuse --
pt. 3. The long term --
13. "The Army of the Euphrates" takes stock --
14. The Marine Corps files a dissent --
15. The surprise --
16. The price paid --
17. The corrections --
18. Turnover --
19. Too little too late? --
Afterword : Betting against history --
Postscript : April 2007.
Responsibility: Thomas E. Ricks.

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An assessment of America's role in the Iraq War as viewed from the perspectives of senior military officers argues that the guerrilla insurgency after the fall of Saddam Hussein was avoidable and that officers who spoke against the war did so at the cost of their careers.

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