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Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way out of Iraq. Hardcover – 2 Oct 2008

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“New York Times Notable Book of the Year”

James Traub, New York Times Book Review, October 5, 2008

“…the first book about this new Iraq. It’s a first-rate piece of work, probing and conscientious.”

David Kirkpatrick, The New York Times, October 26, 2008
“an admiring account of the troop “surge” in Iraq that Mr. McCain was among the first to embrace.”

Colonel Gregory Fontenot, Military Review, November/December issue
“As a rule, hyperbole is permissible for the ‘blurbs’ on the jacket of books and not in reviews, but in the case of Linda Robinson’s Tell Me How This Ends, it’s a hard one to follow. Robinson’s book is among the best written about the war in Iraq….”

Military Times, November 17, 2008
“The author who persuaded press-shy Special Forces soldiers to open up in the fascinating “Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces” (PublicAffairs, 2004) has done it again. This time, she persuaded Petraeus — now head of U.S. Central Command — and others in Iraq to talk, and she listened. And evidently, she took good notes. The result is not as dramatic as “Chaos,” but given the themes — politics and management — the insights in “Tell Me How This Ends” make the book worthwhile contemporary history and, foremost, military biography.”

John Nagl, Army Magazine, December issue
“Likely to remain the best analysis of General Petraeus’ role in the decisive years of the war in Iraq short of the general’s own memoirs.”

About the Author

Linda Robinson is a Senior Writer for U.S. News & World Report, specializing in military and national security issues. The recipient for several awards for her reporting, she is the author of the New York Times bestseller Masters of Chaos as well as countless articles in Foreign Affairs, World Policy Journal, Survival, SAIS Review, The New Republic, The New York Times, Outside, and Conde Nast Traveller.

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