The Endgame

The Endgame

The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, From George W. Bush to Barack Obama

eBook - 2012
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A Wall Street Journal Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

In this follow-up to their national bestseller Cobra II , Michael Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor deftly piece together the story of the most widely reported but least understood war in American history. This stunning account of the political and military struggle between American, Iraqi, and Iranian forces brings together vivid reporting of diplomatic intrigue and gripping accounts of the blow-by-blow fighting that lasted nearly a decade. Informed by brilliant research and extensive interviews with key figures--including everyone from the intelligence community to Sunni and Shi'ite leaders and former insurgents to senior Iraqi military officers-- The Endgame presents a riveting chronicle of the occupation of Iraq to the withdrawal of American troops that is sure to remain the essential account of the war for years to come.

This E-book edition also contains a new Appendix collecting twenty-three classified documents, with commentary, that shed new light on some of the military's crucial mistakes and missed opportunities.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2012]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780307906977
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 779 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
Additional Contributors: Trainor, Bernard E. 1928-


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Jul 18, 2013

One conflict averted, others surely waiting.

Jul 12, 2013

We are not winning, but we're not losing.

Jul 12, 2013

We have a short-war strategy for a long war.


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May 31, 2019

This is a great, and incredibly detailed account of what happened in Iraq. From the pre-war ramp up that was malformed, to the actual post-invasion decisions that all seemed to be designed in a vacuum or without a general understanding of Iraq. It's a long and detailed read but it's scope, and information is a must read to gain an understanding of the impact of the war.

Jul 12, 2013

The switch from the strategy of a speedy transition to a prolonged and intensive rebuilding of the Iraqi state caught commanders in the field by surprise and laid the ground work for persistant friction between the military and Bremer's CPA.


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