The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006 - 2008 Paperback – 25 Feb 2010
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Shines a light through the veil of inscrutability that masks this singular US general ... compelling, troubling, but ultimately inspiring (Allan Mallinson The Times )
It is hard to imagine any history narrating the dramatic turn-round better than this new book ... essential reading (Robert Fox Evening Standard )
A terrific book ... This clear-sighted analysis should be applauded for charting Petraeus's remarkable achievements in Iraq ... an authentic hero (Max Hastings Sunday Times )
About the Author
Thomas E. Ricks is the Washington Post's senior Pentagon correspondent, where he has covered the U.S. military since 2000. Until the end of 1999 he held the same beat at the Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams for national reporting, he has reported on U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the author of the international bestseller Fiasco.
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