The Endgame

The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, From George W. Bush to Barack Obama
Gordon, Michael R. (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Endgame

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Eagerly anticipated in the wake of their national best seller Cobra II ("The superb, must-read military history of the invasion of Iraq"--Thomas L. Friedman), The Endgame is Michael R. Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor's most ambitious and news-breaking book to date. A peerless work of investigative journalism and historical recreation ranging from 2003 to 2012, it gives us the first comprehensive, inside account of arguably the most widely reported yet least understood war in American history--from the occupation of Iraq to the withdrawal of American troops. nbsp; Prodigiously researched, The Endgame is not only based on an abundance of highly classified, still-secret government documents but is also brilliantly informed by access to key figures in the White House, the military, the State and Defense departments, the intelligence community, and, most strikingly, by extensive interviews with both Sunni and Shiite leaders, key Kurdish politicians, tribal sheikhs, former insurgents, Sadrists, and senior Iraqi military officers, whose insights about critical turning points and previously unknown decisions made during the war have heretofore been conspicuously missing from the media's coverage of it. nbsp; The Endgame is riveting as a blow-by-blow chronicle of the fighting. It is also relentlessly revealing, as it deftly pieces together the puzzle of the prosecution of American, Iraqi, and Iranian objectives, and the diplomatic intrigue and political struggle within Iraq since the American invasion.
Authors: Gordon, Michael R., 1951-
Title: The endgame
the inside story of the struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012.
Characteristics: p. cm.
Contents: Desert crossing
Politics of the gun
Sovereignty with limits
Vigilant resolve
A lost cause?
Our man in Baghdad
New dawn
The long telegram
Papa Jaafari
The red team
The year of living dangerously
Together forward
The perfect storm
Out west
Some friendly advice
Back to the drawing board
League of the righteous
Petraeus takes command
The enemy within
The former insurgent counterinsurgent
Phantom thunder
The U.S.S. Centcom
General Petraeus goes to Washington
No "Plan B"
Charge of the knights
March madness
Strange justice
Let's make a deal
The home stretch
Change at the top
The odd couple
Trouble up north
Crises of confidence
Team of rivals
The numbers game
Mission accomplished.
Local Note: 118 148 149 150 151 152 156 210 211 231 243 244 270
Additional Contributors: Trainor, Bernard E. 1928-
ISBN: 9780307377227
Statement of Responsibility: Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Iraq War, 2003-2011 Insurgency Iraq. Iraq Politics and government 21st century. Iraq War, 2003-2011 Political aspects United States. United States Armed Forces Iraq History. Iraq Ethnic relations. Iraq Relations United States. United States Relations Iraq.
Topical Term: Iraq War, 2003-2011
Iraq War, 2003-2011
LCCN: 2012024746
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Jul 12, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The switch from the strategy of a speedy transition to a prolonged and intensive rebuilding of the Iraqi state caught commanders in the field by surprise and laid the ground work for persistant friction between the military and Bremer's CPA.


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Jul 18, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

One conflict averted, others surely waiting.

Jul 12, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

We are not winning, but we're not losing.

Jul 12, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

We have a short-war strategy for a long war.


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