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Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq Paperback – 8 Mar 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (8 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843543532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843543534
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'By far the most authoritative and convincing account thus far of 2003's military events... a shocking indictment.' Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph 'Magisterial... with mountains of fresh detail on the war's planning and progress, and judicious analysis, Cobra II will be hard to improve upon.' Economist 'Cobra II is everything that the Bush administration's plan for the war was not. It is meticulously organised, shuns bluff and bombast for lapidary statements, and is largely impervious to attack... excellent.' Jacob Heilbrunn, International Herald Tribune 'The clearest and most penetrating account of America's bewildering adventure in Iraq.' Robert Fox, Evening Standard 'Cobra II will likely become the benchmark by which other histories of the Iraq invasion are measured... A penetrating examination of how and why the United States got itself into that mess.' Sean Naylor, New York Times" --max hastings, sunday telegraph

About the Author

MICHAEL GORDON is chief defence correspondent for the New York Times, where he has worked since 1985. He received the George Polk Award for International Reporting in 1989. BERNARD TRAINOR was a military correspondent for the New York Times and is now a military analyst for NBC.


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Outstanding book. As a veteran of OIF and TF-Tarawa, I put off reading any detailed account of the planning for the Iraq invasion for many years. Now, as required reading for a course I am enrolled in, I found this book to be a great revelation into how this planned, sold to the public and international community, and executed at the ground level.

If you are interested in learning about the planning and decisions made in the run up to the war and in the first year of the Iraq war, this definitely worth a read. Written with an objective and I feel largely impartial look at the planners by two experienced men of the US Armed Forces
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This is an excellent book and if you want to understand why the US/UK intervention went so wrong then you must read this book. This book clearly shows where the blame lies for the post conflict shambles; it lies with Don Rumsfeld and his cohorts. The book also clears up some of the misleading reporting by the electronic and print media. It also clearly shows the staggering lack of reliable intelligence on Iragi WMD before the war and the fact that the politicians seem to have turned a blind eye. The authors also highlight the complete failure of US intelligence to understand the enemy and the kind of war they were getting into. If I had one complaint about the book there is very little comment about UK forces in the book.

Read this book and Bob Woodward's 'Plan of Attack' and you will understand the whole mess a great deal better.
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Good read over what I covered but my paperback copy had a missing chapter and 40 pages of 2 other chapters repeated.
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very good
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