Fiasco by Thomas E. Ricks

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The definitive account of the American military's tragic experience in Iraq from a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter. Thomas E. Ricks, senior Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post, puts forth in Fiasco a masterful reckoning with the planning & execution of the American military invasion & occupation of Iraq, now with a preface on recent developments. Ricks draws on the exclusive cooperation of an extraordinary number of American personnel-including more than one hundred senior officers--& 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 & authoritative--of unsurpassed tactical success combined with unsurpassed strategic failure that indicts some of America's most powerful & honored civilian & military leaders.

Penguin (Non-Classics): 2007.
ISBN: 9780143038917. 512 pp.
Softcover. Very good.