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Ricks, Thomas E.

Overview
Works: 21 works in 134 publications in 6 languages and 11,681 library holdings
Genres: Military history  History  Case studies  Fiction  Political fiction  Personal narratives  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Filmed lectures 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DS79.76, 956.70443
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Most widely held works by Thomas E Ricks
Fiasco : the American military adventure in Iraq by Thomas E Ricks( Book )

36 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[In this book, the author offers an] account - explosive, shocking, and authoritative - of the American military's tragic experience in Iraq. [The book also offers] accounts of battles such as 2nd Fallujah and Tall Afar, whose names should take their place alongside two Jima and Porkchop Hill on a select list of honor ... Too many American and Iraqi lives have been lost, and too much of America's might and influence has been squandered, for these individuals to escape a fair reckoning. [This book] is that reckoning.-Dust jacket
The gamble : General David Petraeus and the American military adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 by Thomas E Ricks( Book )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 2,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Gamble," the story of Gen. David Petraeus and the American military, reveals that many high-level officials were opposed to the 2003 invasion
The generals : American military command from World War II to today by Thomas E Ricks( Book )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 1,952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq
Making the Corps by Thomas E Ricks( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sixty-three men came to Parris Island to become Marines. Not all of them made it. This is the story of boot camp Platoon 3086, the Marine Corps, and America."--Cover
A soldier's duty : a novel by Thomas E Ricks( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Japanese and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shortly after the two majors arrive for duty, the White House involves the military in a police action in central Asia that some are calling a quagmire in the making
The generals American military command from World War II to today by Thomas E Ricks( Recording )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History has been kinder to the American generals of World War II - Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley - than to the generals of the wars that followed. Is it merely nostalgia? Thomas E. Ricks answers the question definitively: No, it is not, in no small part because of a widening gulf between performance and accountability. During the Second World War, scores of American generals were relieved of command simply for not being good enough. In The Generals, we meet great leaders and suspect ones, from World War II to the present, generals who rose to the occasion and those who failed themselves and their soldiers
God is not here : a soldier's struggle with torture, trauma, and the moral injuries of war by Bill Russell Edmonds( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A powerful and intimate look into torture and its effect on both the tortured and the torturer. In May of 2005, the U.S. government finally acknowledged that the invasion of Iraq had spawned an insurgency. With that admission, training the Iraqi Forces suddenly became a strategic priority. Lt. Col. Bill Edmonds, then a Special Forces captain, was in the first group of "official" military advisors. He arrived in Mosul in the wake of Abu Ghraib, at the height of the insurgency, and in the midst of America's rapidly failing war strategy. Edmonds' job was to advise an Iraqi intelligence officer--to assist and temper his interrogations--but not give orders. But he wanted to be more than a wallflower, so he immersed himself in the experience, even learning Arabic. In a makeshift basement prison, over countless nights and predawn hours, Edmonds came to empathize with Iraqi rules: do what's necessary, do what works. After all, Americans and Iraqis were dying. He wanted to make a difference--yet the longer he submerged himself in the worst of humanity, the more conflicted and disillusioned he became, slowly losing faith in everything and everyone. In the end, he lost himself. He returned home with no visible wounds, but on the inside he was different. He tried to forget--to soldier on--but memories from war never just fade away. In this book, the weight of history is everywhere, but the focus is on a young man struggling to learn what is right when fighting wrong. Edmonds provides a disturbing and thought-provoking account of the morally ambiguous choices faced when living with and fighting within a foreign religion and culture, as well as the resulting psychological and spiritual impacts on a soldier.--Adapted from book jacket
Fiasco the American military adventure in Iraq by Thomas E Ricks( Recording )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 costof their careers
The gamble by Thomas E Ricks( Recording )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Gen. David Petraeus and the American military, reveals that many high-level officials were opposed to the 2003 invasion
The gamble : General Petraeus and the American military adventure in Iraq by Thomas E Ricks( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gamble," the story of Gen. David Petraeus and the American military, reveals that many high-level officials were opposed to the 2003 invasion
The gamble : General Petraeus and the untold story of the American surge in Iraq by Thomas E Ricks( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gamble : General Petraeus and the untold story of the American surge in Iraq, 2006-2008 by Thomas E Ricks( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of how, in the Iraq War's darkest hour, an unlikely collection of dissident generals, scholars and foreign experts pulled the country back from the edge of the abyss and saved countless lives. This title presents an account of one of America's biggest ever military gambles, and what it means for the future of Iraq
The American military adventure in Iraq by Thomas E Ricks( Book )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cutting through the headlines and spin, this book gives us a true picture of the reality on the ground, through the words of the people there - from commanders to intelligence officers, army doctors to ordinary soldiers. It provides eye-witness accounts that contradict the official stories and figures
Fiasco : l'aventure américaine en Irak by Thomas E Ricks( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in French and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T.E. Ricks, journaliste américain, a été pendant cinq ans envoyé spécial en Irak et correspondant au Pentagone sur ce dossier. Son ouvrage est basé sur des témoignages, des documents et une connaissance des enjeux de ce conflit
Yale University symposium on "the road from Algiers to Baghdad"( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"The Road from Algiers to Baghdad" will outline the conflict between France and Algeria, 1954-61, and explore how the lessons learned by France during occupation and insurgency relate to the current American experience in Iraq
The generals : American military command from World War II to today by Thomas E Ricks( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

History has been kind to the American generals of World War II -- Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley -- and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed. In part it is the story of a widening gulf between performance and accountability. During World War II, scores of American generals were relieved of command simply for not being good enough. Today, as one American colonel said bitterly during the Iraq War, "As matters stand now, a private who loses a rifle suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses a war." In this lecture, we meet great leaders and suspect ones, generals who rose to the occasion and those who failed themselves and their soldiers. Marshall and Eisenhower cast long shadows over this story, as does the less familiar Marine General O.P. Smith, whose fighting retreat from the Chinese onslaught into Korea in the winter of 1950 snatched a kind of victory from the jaws of annihilation. But Korea also showed the first signs of an army leadership culture that neither punished mediocrity nor particularly rewarded daring. In the Vietnam War, the problem grew worse until, finally, American military leadership bottomed out. The My Lai massacre, Ricks shows us, is the emblematic event of this dark chapter of our history. In the wake of Vietnam a battle for the soul of the U.S. Army was waged with impressive success. It became a transformed institution, reinvigorated from the bottom up. But if the body was highly toned, its head still suffered from familiar problems, resulting in tactically savvy but strategically obtuse leadership that would win battles but end wars badly from the first Iraq War of 1990 through to the present
The generals [American military command from World War II to today] by Thomas E Ricks( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Iraq war three things Americans still don't understand by Thomas E Ricks( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The program begins with Dr. Richard Badenhausen, Professor of English at Westminster College, Director of the Honors program, and the Kim T. Adamson chair at Westminster College introducing the program and making remarks about the Kim T. Adamson Lectures Series on International Studies. He notes that Westminster graduate Alex Lemons, was instrumental in helping to bring Ricks to Westminster College. He then introduces the speaker Thomas E. Ricks, who has studied and reported on U.S. military activities for nearly 30 years. He served as military correspondent for "The Wall Street Journal," followed by a similar position with "The Washington Post." He has also written on defense matters for "The Atlantic Monthly" and was a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting in 2000 and 2002. He is also the author of multiple books on the U.S. military. Two of his works, "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003-2005" and "The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2005-2008" were New York Times bestsellers. Currently, Ricks is a senior fellow at the Center for New American Security and a contributing editor of "Foreign Policy" magazine, for which he writes a blog called "The Best Defense." Ricks grew up in New York and Afghanistan and graduated from Yale University in 1977. Ricks states that although his talk has been billed as "The Iraq War: Three Things Americans Still Don't Understand." The title is really "Iran and Afghanistan: How Screwed Are We?" Ricks believes that invading Iraq was, "The biggest mistake in the history of U.S. foreign policy" and that it was not done with America's best interests in mind, and no matter what, we're "stuck" there. He states that war in Iraq, which is "costing America $2 billion every week, began with Americans asking the wrong questions." The consequence, he said, "is a war that is far from over." He believes the U.S. would have been better off taking better care of the issues in Afghanistan rather than moving into Iraq. He believes it may be easier to settle issues in Afghanistan that in Iraq. He anticipates another 15 to 20 years of American occupation in Iraq with no real solutions even then. He believes the U.S. will need to keep 30,000 to 50,000 troops in Iraq in order to maintain some stability. However, he is hopeful that by staying in Iraq there may be an opportunity for a new and stronger generation of Iraqi leaders to emerge. Some of his major concerns regarding the United States pulling out of Iraq are (1) A civil war in Iraq, (2) A regional war that could involve Iran, Turkey, and even Saudi Arabia. (3) Gas prices that would reach a record high for the United States and affect our entire economy. Ricks openly states his lack of confidence in any decisions Vice President Joe Biden recommends regarding foreign policy. If anything is recommended by Biden, Ricks takes the opposite point of view. Ricks is also in favor of the draft being reinitiated in the United States. People who do not want to participate in war should have other alternatives, but all should serve their country. After speaking for about 20 minutes Ricks then spent the rest of the time fielding questions. He believes that is one of the best opportunities for people to learn about the issues in Iraq
Reporting war when there is no war : the media and the military in peace and humanitarian operations. by Charles C Moskos( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The unraveling : an update to The gamble by Thomas E Ricks( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this timely supplement to his 2009 New York Times bestseller The Gamble, Thomas E. Ricks reveals how the Iraq war has changed and how the national conversation has shifted since the time of writing. This Penguin eSpecial offers new insights into the difficulties likely to confront the United States in Iraq in the coming year, from our most trusted expert on the conflict there
 
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Fiasco : the American military adventure in Iraq
Alternative Names
Ricks, Thomas

Thomas E. Ricks American journalist

Thomas E. Ricks Amerikaans schrijver

Thomas E. Ricks periodista estadounidense

Thomas E. Ricks US-amerikanischer Autor, Journalist und Sicherheitsexperte

リックス, トマス・E

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The gamble : General David Petraeus and the American military adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008Making the CorpsA soldier's duty : a novelFiasco the American military adventure in IraqThe gambleThe gamble : General Petraeus and the American military adventure in IraqThe gamble : General Petraeus and the untold story of the American surge in IraqThe gamble : General Petraeus and the untold story of the American surge in Iraq, 2006-2008The American military adventure in Iraq