The American Military Adventure in Iraq
Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143038917, 492pp.
Publication Date: July 31, 2007
One of the Washington Post Book World's 10 Best Books of the Year
One of Time's 10 Best Books of the Year
USA Today's Nonfiction Book of the Year
ANew York Times Notable Book
The definitive account of the American military's tragic experience in Iraq
Fiascois a masterful reckoning with the planning and execution of the American military invasion and occupation of Iraq through mid-2006, now with a postscript on recent developments. Ricks draws on the exclusive cooperation of an extraordinary number of American personnel, including more than one hundred senior officers, and access to more than 30,000 pages of official documents, many of them never before made public. Tragically, it is an undeniable account explosive, shocking, and authoritative of unsurpassed tactical success combined with unsurpassed strategic failure that indicts some of America's most powerful and honored civilian and military leaders.
"Staggeringly vivid and persuasive . . . absolutely essential reading."
-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"The best account yet of the entire war."