The Gamble

The Gamble

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Based on unprecedented real-time access to the military's entire chain of command, The Gamble is the definitive account of the insurgency within the US military that led to a radical shift in America's strategy in Iraq - and the bloody implementation of that strategy on the ground. In his international bestseller Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks gave us the definitive reckoning with what went so wrong in Iraq. The story The Gamble tells is how, when the war was at its darkest hour, a group of dissident junior commanders and their civilian allies did an end run around their superiors in the military establishment and seized control of the war. The result was qthe Surge, q one of the American military's boldest strategic gambles since the landings at Inchon. General David Petraeus gave military expert Thomas E. Ricks extraordinary privileged access to himself and his team during the past two years, and the result is a chronicle of astonishing vividness and analytical depth. It is the story of military leadership in the crucible of war, under excruciating political pressure at home. It is also the story of the soldiers who executed the strategy out in the field. Ricks concludes that the war likely will last for many years to come - and that it will not be remembered for the reasons we think.Despite having left active duty several years earlier, he worked behind the scenes with two former subordinates whom he trusted ... It is now quite possible that U.S. troops will still be involved in combat in Iraq in 2011, which would make the war there ... At the end of the surge, the fundamental political problems facing Iraq were the same ones as when it began. .... closing dozens of bases in 2005 as he consolidated his force on big, isolated bases that the military termed a€œSuper FOBS.

Title:The Gamble
Author:Thomas E. Ricks
Publisher:Penguin UK - 2009-02-26


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