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Title:The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008
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Publisher:Penguin Press
ISBN:1594201978
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Number of Pages:394
Category:History, Non fiction, Military, War, Politics

The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 by Thomas E. Ricks

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Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, A Soldier's Duty, The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008, Counterinsurgency Leadership in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond, The Unraveling: An Update to the Gamble, Inside The Surge: One Commander's Lessons In Counterinsurgency, The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today, Making the Corps, War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love, Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq
No description available, i From the bestselling author of i Fiasco i and i The Gamble i an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq i br br 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 i The Generals i Thomas E Ricks sets out to explain why that is In part it is the story 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 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 i The Generals i 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 snatched a kind of victory from the jaws of annihilation br br 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 through to the present br br Ricks has made a close study of America s military leaders for three decades and in his hands this story resounds with larger meaning about the transmission of values about strategic thinking and about the difference between an organization that learns and one that fails, The bestselling compelling insider s account of the Marine Corps from the lives of the men of Platoon their training at Parris Island their fierce camaraderie and the unique code of honor that defines them br br The United States Marine Corps with its proud tradition of excellence in combat its hallowed rituals and its unbending code of honor is part of the fabric of American myth Making the Corps visits the front lines of boot camp in Parris Island South Carolina Here old values are stripped away and new Marine Corps values are forged Bestselling author Thomas E Ricks follows these men from their hometowns through boot camp and into their first year as Marines As three fierce drill instructors fight a battle for the hearts and minds of this unforgettable group of young men a larger picture emerges brilliantly painted of the growing gulf that divides the military from the rest of America, b From i New York Times i bestselling author Thomas E Ricks a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell whose farsighted vision and inspired action preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism from the left and right alike b br br Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid s Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War and Churchill struck by a car in New York City If they d died then history would scarcely remember them At the time Churchill was a politician on the outs his loyalty to his class and party suspect Orwell was a mildly successful novelist to put it generously No one would have predicted that by the end of the th century they would be considered two of the most important people in British history for having the vision and courage to campaign tirelessly in words and in deeds against the totalitarian threat from both the left and the right In a crucial moment they responded first by seeking the facts of the matter seeing through the lies and obfuscations and then they acted on their beliefs Together to an extent not sufficiently appreciated they kept the West s compass set toward freedom as its due north br br It s not easy to recall now how lonely a position both men once occupied By the late s democracy was discredited in many circles and authoritarian rulers were everywhere in the ascent There were some who decried the scourge of communism but saw in Hitler and Mussolini men we could do business with if not in fact saviors And there were others who saw the Nazi and fascist threat as malign but tended to view communism as the path to salvation Churchill and Orwell on the other hand had the foresight to see clearly that the issue was human freedom that whatever its coloration a government that denied its people basic freedoms was a totalitarian menace and had to be resisted br br In the end Churchill and Orwell proved their age s necessary men The glorious climax of i Churchill and Orwell i is the work they both did in the decade of the s to triumph over freedom s enemies And though Churchill played the larger role in the defeat of Hitler and the Axis Orwell s reckoning with the menace of authoritarian rule in i Animal Farm i and i i would define the stakes of the Cold War for its year course and continues to give inspiration to fighters for freedom to this day Taken together in Thomas E Ricks masterful hands their lives are a beautiful testament to the power of moral conviction and to the courage it can take to stay true to it through thick and thin