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The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008
The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008
by Thomas E. Ricks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.92
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too late and too early, March 9, 2009
After reading the three previous books by Mr. Thomas Ricks, and being very impressed with Fiasco, I quickly purchased the book and was looking forward to it. I was a tad disappointed. I love "fly on the wall" books especially concerning the White House and the military. Mr. Ricks enjoys a long list of military contacts and I was impressed with the multiple people and multiple ranks of Soldiers he quoted, but there were very few insights that haven't been previously reported.
I feel that Bob Woodward's book "The War Within" covered many of the same information better and although it was heavily focused on the White House he covered many of the issues Thomas Rick's detailed. Since Woodward's book was published months earlier I expected "The Gamble" to have much more detail on General (Retired) Keane, Gen Petraeus, and Gen Odierno. It also fell short detailing the involvement of key players in the Bush Administration.
The last few chapters focused on how the surge was a tactical success but the long term impact is still to be determined. How long the US will stay and what the future of Iraq holds are still pending. I've seen the last sentence of the book quoted multiple times ("In other words the events for which the Iraq war will be remembered probably have not yet happened") but I was very disappointed that the book did not even address the agreement signed between the Bush Administration and the Iraq Government that removes all US forces by the end of 2011. Details of this agreement were very public before the book was published and the fact that is was not mentioned was glaring and very disappointing. I felt the book should have been delayed a few months and Mr. Ricks should have carefully analyzed this historic, and somewhat surpising agreement.
In essense the book was too late (Woodward was faster) and too early (not mention of the historical agreement removing US troops).
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