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Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Hardcover – November 11, 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (November 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0544370481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544370487
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I am glad to see someone of [Bolger's] caliber tackling this subject."--Tom Ricks, ForeignPolicy.com

About the Author

Daniel P. Bolger completed 35 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant general in 2013. He graduated from The Citadel and earned his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Chicago. He commanded the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team in Iraq in 2005-06, 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad in 2009-10, and NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan in 2011-13. His military awards include five Bronze Star medals (one for valor) and the Combat Action Badge.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2014
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LTG (Retired) Daniel Bolger has written a very thorough, comprehensive, and accurate after action review for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that is the most telling and likely controversial book to date about the topic. As an accomplished historian, LTG(R) Bolger writes this account of the wars with the discipline and thoroughness of a historian and the perspective of an accomplished officer who lived this book first hand.

I learned a tremendous amount from this book and hope that this be incorporated into the required reading at Fort Leavenworth. It is an exceptional scholarly work that future senior leaders and politicians would be well served to learn lessons from. In many ways we've repeated the mistakes from Vietnam and Korea that we swore never to repeat, and I hope that "Why We Lost" will prevent future generations from repeating these same mistakes again.

I recommend this book more than any others that I've read this year. This is a must read.
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