Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize 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. This is the Story of The American Military Adventure in Iraq. The Heart of the story Fiasco has to tell, which has never been told before, is that of a Military. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in ‘Fiasco’, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the- record.
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Dec 06, Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves: Ricks’ book makes it clear that the invasion of Iraq was the wrong idea at the wrong time, which is precisely why it had to be sold, with fantasy verging on lies. It’s almost like reading the middle section of the declaration of independence, which lists the abuses of King George against the colonists, but is too boring to remember. Ricks based the book in part on interviews with military personnel involved in the planning and execution of the war.
It is factual, unsympathetic and written from the perspective of the military on the ground. This work and others as well raises important questio Retrospective on another important book published some years ago on Iraq. The Marine Corps Files a Dissent. Sanchez’s imagination-free leadership led to the rise of I listened to an abridged version of this on CD.
This demonstrates an atypical and invaluable institutional capacity for self-learning. The Descent into Abuse. They came and said they would free us.
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq
But almost all these previous critiques focused on President Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and other civilian leaders of the Bush administration. A truly stupid person is someone who can never admit to being wrong, ever. Recommended to Erik by: It provides ample evidence that the G. The book covers the period up to the end of The book offers an excellent range of subject matter and is written in a very accessible manner.
I short, though, this an amazing fiaaco that should be read by all Americans today and will be used by any self-respecting historian in the future. The Gamble, the sequel to Ricks’s acclaimed first account, Fiasco, tells the story of how General David Petraeus and his allies in Washington convinced George Bush to change tack, to deploy a far greater contingent of soldiers and to use them more intelligently.
It is here that the book reaches its limits, not through any fault of Ricks’ so much as the difficult nature of his enterprise. The parts about the relationship between the commanders on the ground and their military masters in Washington are especially compelling.
Ricks seems to lay first blame at some Iraq hating, war hawks in Bush’s administrati Gosh, there’s so much to say about this book, I hardly know where to begin! Instead, it is a narrative constructed carefully on sources ranging from obviously interviews with senior officials in the Pentagon and administration to soldiers in the field of battle many of which are named sources though sometimes he uses unnamed sourcesmemoirs and written accounts from actors that are sometimes used to supply counter-narratives e.
Ricks did a great job of presenting the build-up to the Iraq war and through the first three years. View all 7 comments. One person argued the title of the bo When Fiasco first came out naturally there were many opinions on it, ranging from “fantastic” to “trash”.
Yes, the failures were outlined and yes, a lot of bad things have gone on over there.
Ricks drew from a great number of sources, both interviews and writings published by other people – journalists, historians, Marines and soldiers, politicians. He lectures widely to the military and is a member of Harvard University Thomas Edwin “Tom” Ricks born September 25, is an American journalist who writes on defense topics.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. The invasion is of interest now mainly for its role in creating those problems.
Contents A Bad Ending. At other peoples’ expense.
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This is the definitive book on the Iraq War to date. Sep 15, Scott Holstad rated it really liked it. I imagine some people might well think that this was a terrible and frightening vision of the ricos and of US foreign policy.
While the book has a great deal to explain and many moving parts and characters, Ricks tries to keep the narrative moving quickly with fairly short sections and a helpful ‘Cast of Characters’ at the beginning of the book, which I made use of several times to better follow the exposition.
Yet the chief contribution ricis the book is to stoke a debate over the performance of the American military. The Aftermath of Ricks’s tale is based around ricls access and on-the-record quotes, in the style of Bob Woodward but thankfully with less personality intruding. If you have the wrong strategy, it does not matter how good your tactics are, you will never be successful.
Ricks does not, as I would, decry the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, but he faisco represent scathing criticisms posited by military officers against how the invasion and occupation of Iraq has been conducted under Bush and company.