Global War on Terror 101

A Listmania! list by sgt_maddog "Military Historian and Sith Lord" (Middle of the USA)
The list author says: "I recommend these books (most of which are journalistic in approach rather than historical) because of the questions they raise--questions that would require deeper research and reading to either validate or refute. All are excellent reads--no boring stuff here."
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
1.  The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
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  "Excellent narrative of the rise of Islamic jihadists and the origins of al-Qaeda as well as the CIA/FBI/etc operatives on their trail"
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Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
2.  Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll
The list author says:
  "This is really a CIA myopic history focusing on Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion to 9/11"
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Bush at War
3.  Bush at War by Bob Woodward
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  "Inside the Cabinet in the immediate aftermath of 9/11--only Woodward can get us there in such detail"
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The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11
4.  The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11 by Ron Suskind
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  "The pursuit of al-Qaeda after 9/11--this is the best read on this list"
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Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War
5.  Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War by Rick Atkinson
The list author says:
  "GWOT study needs to include the Persian Gulf War--this is my favorite book on the topic by an award-winning author and a great military writer"
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War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals
6.  War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals by David Halberstam
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  "This book does a good job of characterizing the dilemmas of the post-Cold War military/diplomatic environment"
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Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
7.  Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden
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  "A book that needs no introduction--I include this because this incident was central to the caution excercised during the remainder of the Clinton presidency--"We don't want another Mogadishu" was a powerful show-stopper"
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In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan
8.  In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan by Seth G. Jones
The list author says:
  "Operation Enduring Freedom is still awaitiing its chronicler--this is a good starting point on the complexities of Afghanistan"
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Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq
9.  Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks
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  "This book focuses on the failed transition from invasion to occupation"
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The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace
10.  The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace by Ali A. Allawi
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  "This work gives a good overview of the forces at play in Iraq"
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Cradle of Conflict: Iraq And the Birth of Modern U.S. Military Power
11.  Cradle of Conflict: Iraq And the Birth of Modern U.S. Military Power by Michael Knights
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  "Here is a nice work stitching together the events from the Gulf War to the GWOT"
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A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
12.  A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin
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  "This book covers the division of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire in the aftermath of WWI--central to understanding the geopolitics which still defy resolution"
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In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat
13.  In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat by Rick Atkinson
The list author says:
  "This is a great account of the "hurry up and wait" aspect of the Army.  It also gives a great glimpse into the command style of Petraeus--Atkinson is a great writer, very engaging style, I read this one real quick"
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Clinton's Secret Wars: The Evolution of a Commander in Chief
14.  Clinton's Secret Wars: The Evolution of a Commander in Chief by Richard Sale
The list author says:
  "Here is a good primer on why there ever was a 9/11.  This focuses mostly on the decisions about the Balkans, but it gives you a glimpse of the National Security Council decision making under Clinton and how things just kind of never got dealt with promptly or effectively."
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Obama's Wars
15.  Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward
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  "amazing "fly-on-the-wall" view of the White House---shows just how little Obama could alter the decesions of his predecessor since the geopolitical and strategic equation remained basically unchanged-of course having a team of Moron's dosen't help matters.  Mullen, Biden, Donilon, Emanuel---what a bunch of knuckleheads-needed a more experienced team with fewer political hacks"
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