The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006 - 2008: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 Hardcover – 26 Feb 2009
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'It would make a great film ... Ricks tells this story to shine a light through the veil of inscrutability that masks this singular US general, the pivot on which the book turns but by no means the only actor in the story of the surge.' -- Allan Mallinson, The Times
'Powerful and illuminating'
-- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
'This is a terrific book, and the story that Ricks tells carries complete conviction'
'Powerful and illuminating'
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The change in approach to the occupation in Iraq promoted by General David Petraeus and General Raymond Odierno has been termed the "Surge" because of the defiantly, counter tidal move by President Bush to commit more forces at a time when virtually everyone including most of the generals in place was demanding a stepdown. In fact, the change was more characterized by an entire shift in doctrine (which to be sure required more boots on the ground) radically resetting the mission from "kill and capture" insurgents to protect the Iraqi people. This shift in mental paradigm altered how the forces behaved and how they were received by the local population. Although there were many initial casualties it worked as a means of greatly reducing violence and creating a degree of what Petraeus calls "sustainable stability.Read more ›
Some of this background has already been outlined in Bob Woodward`s book - the involvement of Bush and Cheney in effecting the senior personnel changes, and the politicking surrounding the decision to proceed with the "surge" of US forces. Some of the previous reviewer`s comments re Bush are correct although Hicks is very clear that he believes the personnel and tactical changes should have been made several years earlier and that this was Bush`s responsibility.
Despite the reductions in incidents, fatalities (both military and civilian),as a result of the revised senior military line up and tactics, the book`s conclusions on the "Gamble" make sober reading. Petraeus and his successor, Odierno, very much believe that this is a a 'long war' and that a US military presence will be likely for many more years yet - redemption is therefore "work in progress".Read more ›
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Excellent book very well written. It uncovers the difficulties that the Army had to deal with thanks to the lies of Rumsfeld and co.
Martin Mc Larnon
Rick's has written an excellent & insightful - which has been badly let down by being poorly prepared for the Kindle, lacking chapter markings or tools to navigate the text.Published on 7 Aug. 2012 by Recall
A fine and thought provoking work of journalism, focusing on the efforts of a relatively small group of senior US officers to change US military policy in Iraq from its murderous... Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2010 by Aidan J. McQuade