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Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq The definitive account of the American military s tragic experience in Iraq from a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Thomas E Ricks senior Pentagon correspondent for the i Washington Post i puts forth in i Fiasco i a masterful reckoning with the planning amp execution of the American military invasion amp occupation of Iraq now with a preface on recent developments Ricks draws on the exclusive cooperation of an extraordinary number of American personnel including more than one hundred senior officers amp access to more than pages of official documents many of them never before made public Tragically it is an undeniable account explosive shocking amp authoritative of unsurpassed tactical success combined with unsurpassed strategic failure that indicts some of America s most powerful amp honored civilian amp military leaders

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